Talented friend, Robert Graham, has a new poem which I've just uploaded to his website. It's feels as important to wintry life as Vitamin C, and this gifted poet is offering exactly the right dosage just when we need it.

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Can Spring be far away? ... Winter must be doomed, surely, when crocuses put on their style in our gardens. Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash
Winter! January can leave you feeling so drab, but along comes February and just when it seems winter will never end, a few bulbs bow their way into our consciousness.

I was to meet up with another friend, Zsolt, today in a pleasant cafe that offers a very welcome coffee.

Plenty of time said the BBC forecast to cycle to Kew Bridge to Cafe Rouge, or to walk there beside that historic river before London is, er, blessed with another night of wretched wintry downpouring.

The heavens opened up

And yet it couldn't have been more inaccurate. As I was about to leave, the heavens opened up. No sense in getting soaked again this week.

Robert's poem arrived in the inbox this evening and somehow took away much of the wintry mood. It was a pleasure to code it and get the encouraging words onto healing gardens dot click.

I hope many readers here will find pleasure in his words, too. His site is here. I'm sure they will.

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Solo sailor Jeanne and real temptation...

Someone in mid-ocean certainly would, I'm sure. Circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates is progressing well through the Roaring Forties towards, well, eventually back to her beginning port on the Atlantic coast of the US.

As I mentioned on my last story about Jeanne, this very experienced 76-year-old wants to be the oldest woman to sail solo ​​nonstop​ ​unassisted around the world​, and the first woman to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world from North America.

Probably the greatest challenge at the moment to that crowning is Temptation.

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Far from anywhere ... This is Jeanne's position tonight shown on a cloud map. Not so far away lies Temptation itself - very hospitable Cape Town.

Her position tonight is at 40° 27 S x 11° 39'E. She's all alone, of course, and plans to stay that way for some considerable time.

However, at 33° 55'S x 18°25' lies perhaps the most hospitable city in the world, whose population adores solo sailors.

Jeanne knows the city well and the hospitality. She was 800 miles away from temptation earlier this week when I first wondered about the extreme temptation of visiting the Cape.

Tonight, the distance is a mere 508 nautical miles and doubtlessly such a capable navigator will have recognised that.

A slight turn to her port is all that's needed and then in a few days she will be surrounded by admirers, in probably the most beautiful city in the world.

Will temptation win? Watch this space!

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Earlier story about Jeanne
Poet Robert Graham

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