January sunset

“The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer. Minute by minute they lengthen out. It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change. It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.”

  Vita Sackville-West (1892 – 1962)

Sunset creeps slowly Northward

January light can be stunning, lighting up the distant mountains, small communities and craggy mountains in stark light and shadow. Reflected sun in low cloud illuminating both sea and sky in warmer tones of pink and orange…

Busy moles

Busy moles churning up the soil, popping randomly across the “lawn”, worm casts subtly changing the soil, dragging down the fallen leaves, leaving  new soil over the clay topsoil I foolishly introduced to the hummus rich garden…

Beneath their leafy blankets; spring flowers reach toward the lengthening light, stretching their brightness into the cold, wet garden; a promise of spring in winter depths…

Just as snow caps the hills and mountains, impatient plants, hardly dormant, colour the garden in bright specks of colour, red, pink and bright new green, contrast the cold grey earth…

light on land and sea

Winter accompanied January, bringing bitter cold and rain but all around, the garden slowly holds out spring, a welcome gift after weeks of wind and rain. Gradually the day stretches out, chickens enjoying a few more minutes to scratch around the garden or beg at the kitchen door…

Have a good day and thanks for stopping by today!

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