Monthly Archives: January 2014


HorseHappy Chinese New Year to you and welcome to the year of the Horse.

In the Chinese calendar each year is named after an animal with twelve animals in sequence and the New Year begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice. In 2014, it’s today, 31st January. The 12-year animal cycle interacts with the 10-year cycle of Yin-Yang Five Elements: wood, metal, fire, water and earth. 2012 and 2013 were ‘water’ years with their more laid-back energy but 2014 is a ‘wood’ year. In the Chinese horoscope Horse is a fire sign, fire burns wood fiercely: we may expect exciting days ahead. Wood has a further connection to the colour green and that is why 2014 is a Year of Green Wood Horse.

A Horse year is considered a year of fortune and good luck, of strong energy and fast pace, a year for leaders to emerge, romance to bloom, fortune to be favoured, a year for vitality, passion, determination and true spirit.

So forget that you’ve forgotten your western New Year resolutions. Leap into this new saddle and take off at a gallop and if you think you can’t ride, well, just hang on anyway.



As our shore-side neighbours slosh around in their flooded homes we ride the high tides, dry and warm. Rain lashes the decks, we heel to savage gusts of wind and feel grateful to be moored safely in the river. Portugal’s west coast is ravaged by giant waves, as is the UK, and 7 boats are damaged in a storm off Cape Town.  To restore our balance after such weather-related drama here’s a sketch of the river at low tide on a still day. And happy new year to you all!

Low Tide