2021: “Onwards and Upwards”

Onwards & Upwards, with encouragement, hope and optimism

Leechpool woods: 53 acres of stunning ancient woodland near the town centre. Home to intriguing, seemingly randomly placed wooden men. Their twiggy limbs embrace the challenge of scaling towering trunks with such good spirit and purpose, they reminded me of the stirring phrase: “Onward and Upward“.

Onward and Upward: moving on – forward positively and with purpose. Sadly apt for this 5th day of the New Year, when the whole country has again been placed into a strict lockdown.

Just as the proverbial 3 monkeys ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’, Leechpool’s 3 wooden men illustrate, to me, the 3 attributes that underpin the phrase ‘Onward and Upward’; so needed as we move from 2020 into 2021:

Encouragement for ourselves. But also for others, because we absolutely must work together, and look out for each other: think collectively, and creatively, to act for the common good

Optimism, to make the changes needed, we each need positive, resilient attitudes, right now – and to a far greater extent, going forward.

Hope is the belief that together, we can make a difference. With hope, strong conviction can underpin clear vision, and beneficial action.

Those bright, determined looking little men were so cleverly made by someone – someone unknown. For anyone’s pleasure – also unknown. Just to make strangers smile.

And their simple, thoughtfully designed little figures are, fun – I’m sure they do bring a smile to everyone who spies them, no matter how wet and cold the day, or how grey the skies.

Sally Knoch:

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us everyday.”

Leechpool woods is a wonderful place for a walk. Easy on street parking on the outskirts, and less than a 10 minute drive. Well worth a visit for a short walk, or make a day of it by starting in the wood, and then joining the Horsham Riverside 12 mile ramble, which cuts through the wood.


“We depend on nature not only for our physical survival,
we also need nature to show us the way home,
the way out of the prison of our own minds.”

3 thoughts on “2021: “Onwards and Upwards”

  1. An inspirational post, Emma


  2. I love these little men in the woods, Emma. They reminded me of ‘Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men.’ 🙂


    1. You’re so right, Sylvia – spot on!!


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