January thoughts

January -
 is a much maligned month, so often dismissed as dismal, dreary; a month to be endured.
A month of anti-climax after the Christmas festivities.
But there are treasures to be found in January:

A brisk winter walk, to admire Nature laid bare.

The promise held within a bulb,

 maybe the fragile beauty of Paperwhite Narcissus or the dainty delight that is tete a tete,
or the heady scent of hyacinths.

January is an opportunity also to make plans for the garden and allotment.
A small brown envelope arrived this morning containing treasure in the form of seeds from The Real Seed Catalogue.
I am going to try a new ( to me) variety of winter squash Hokkaido, a summer squash Crookneck (instead of the ubiquitous courgette) and the beautifully named Cherokee Trail of Tears climbing bean.

In addition, January is my birthday month and also marks the start of an exciting new venture for me - but more of that in a week or two.

So lots to celebrate.
Hoping January and 2018 brings good things for you too.
Here's to a cheerful January!



  1. Birthday wishes for later in the month.

  2. Beautifully put. I'm wishing you and yours a very happy 2018 too. CJ xx

  3. What a beautiful post. Happy January Annie!

  4. Our house has been filled with Tete-a-Tete over Christmas and now I'm looking forward to last year's lot coming up on the allotment.

    I always feel that you have to work a bit harder to get through January. Bright cold days are wonderful, but oh dear me, the kind of dark skies we are having at the moment really do test the resolve to remain cheerful. Thank you for finding the good.

    1. Tete-a- tete are such wonderful little flowers, aren't they! I've just read your latest post and do hope their cheerful little blooms help you through these difficult days xx

  5. Lots to celebrate indeed. I've always enjoyed January, I think partly because it used to be a big birthday month in our family. Ooh, a new venture. Can't wait to hear more!

    1. Hoping your January is a good one too, Liz, despite the difficult adjustments you are having to make xx

  6. I enjoy your blog and the style of it. January is my son's birthday month so it is always a special month for us - good wishes on you birthday later this month. I was interested in the mention of a new venture, and wondered if it was that you were going to have more grand parenting time. I shall be interested to hear more!

    1. Hello and thank you for your kind words and birthday wishes. Happy birthday to your son too! My new venture is not connected to my little granddaughter, but is connected to this blog. I will be able to explain in a week or two :)


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