Mostly the usual group of friends met for a half-day hike. The route was chosen by a couple of people so all we had to do was walk it, no thinking required.
We were out in the hills, on a short winter day of bright sunshine and high pressure. The views were beautiful, even now, approaching the shortest day. We slogged through mud and boggy ground and nothing dimmed our cheerfulness. Conversation was varied and interesting - yes, even about the current political situation here in the UK. Afterwards we called in at a coffee shop for hot drinks and pastries. I had hot chocolate fudge cake with cream AND strawberry ice ream!