January thoughts.

Have you noticed that slowly the days are drawing out? With each passing 24 hours we gain a few more minutes of daylight.

Not that I mind January and the winter months. On the contrary, I find something quite cosy about snuggling indoors when it's cold and dark and wet outside.
Nevertheless, there is still a delight in signs of Spring.
A few Muscari on the kitchen window sill ....

...some cheery daffodils with our morning breakfast.

There have been some beautiful, frosty mornings this month, when the sky is bright blue and the landscape sparkly white, when ducks skid on the frozen dykes and Tiny Girlie stamps with joy to crack the ice on puddles.
There have also been mysterious days when the whole earth seems shrouded in mist and cloud so low that hair and clothes glisten with damp though there is no rain.
Yesterday was such a day. We ventured out, Tiny Girlie her mama and I and found ..... hills!
Just up the road!
Hills are a rarity here in the flat fens.
If truth be told, these were man made hills, the result of years of clay excavation for the manufacture of bricks and now a peaceful nature reserve.

But hills nevertheless and also a place to find a rich variety of fossils. This page from the nature reserve's website explains why it is such a good site for fossils.

Here an ammonite fossil.


Today the wind has returned.
A wind so cold and fierce, it pierces the warmest of coats.
A day to stay indoors
in a warm kitchen and make home-made granola.

This is recipe I have made many times before based on this recipe from Deliciously Ella.

Not only is the granola more healthy than many shop bought varieties, it is also, in my opinion, much more delicious.

Plus you can adjust the ingredients to suit. In this batch, I substituted some of the raisins for dried cranberries left in the cupboard from Christmas.

Delicious for breakfast ( or anytime) with yoghurt and passion fruit.

Wishing you well, whether it be cold or warm in your part of the world.



  1. It has been freezing here today that wind is really biting! I won't buy any daffodils until January they are a wonderful reminder that Spring is getting there. Your granola looks wonderful, I recently bought some and it was so sweet. Sarah x

    1. Thank you Sarah. I also find the shop bought granola too sweet.

  2. I love the cold winter months too, but like you I've been noticing the day light lengthening. The granola looks delish, and all so beautifully photographed. You have a talent with a camera I think. CJ xx

    1. Thank you CJ. You are very kind! I enjoy playing about with my camera.

  3. Like you I have been enjoying these cold days. We have had some fabulous rosy skies, largely due to the spiteful pollution cloud hovering over London, scorching the back of the throat and even making me breathless at one point. Mm not, maybe not the best deal then.

    1. Yes sadly the air quality has not been great recently. Hopefully the wind we have had today will improve matters.

  4. The wind certainly cleared the cobwebs away when I walked the dog today. Love the look of your granola, a good way to use up cranberries.

    1. Very windy again here today.... and cold!

  5. There's just something about January, isn't there? Love your pictures. That granola looks very yummy so thanks for the link.

    1. I can recommend the granola recipe. It's vegan too I think so okay for you.

  6. That looks like very tasty granola... I'll bookmark that link.


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