a shadowy quiet

January is a very still, quiet month. Not much happens and not much changes.

I have been quiet too, especially on here. There's not much light for photographs and not many words in any case. I am not at all unhappy, and family life is full and busy. There just isn't much to report. I'm not feeling especially witty, I haven't been creating every day, there is nothing particular to share. I'm slightly disappointed that this is all I can say about my January, but so it is.

What there has been is the rhythm of daily life, recovery from illness, slow growth, a huge winter turn-out, log fires, some crochet and some reading, enjoying the lengthening days, little green shoots, the sound of birdsong again. I have been really enjoying this and I loved this, and this is interesting too.

9 comments:

marigold jam said...

I know exactly what you mean! I think several bloggers have lost their muse as it were and have nothing much to report but maybe that is as it should be and taking time to step back a bit and let the world go by is no bad thing. I too am enjoying Carol Klein's programme and she it is who has encouraged me to get going again on my garden and indeed other things too. Her enthusiasm is infectious isn't it? Love the shadowy photos.

Jane

Mag said...

There is so much greyness, mud and mess, this month, that I find those fleeting moments of sunshine, and the signs and stirrings of spring, all the more special.
Yes, and Carol Klein is a real tonic!

Jackie said...

I always feel a bit unfair , disliking January as its my husbands birthday tomorrow, so its his special month. Its been very grey hasn't it? But each night seems to stay lighter a bit later. Its been somewhat easier this year as I am usually alone during the week in January , but this year I haven't been.

Lesley Austin said...

Hello Sue,
It was lovely to have you come by my blog and commiserate. I have been thinking about January since I (and others) posted similar thoughts about it, and had come to the conclusion that perhaps it should be a month of low expectations, rest and comforts. A time of preparation and fortifying for the rest of the year. I tend to think of it as I think of September-a really fruitful time of planning and preparing to DO, but now think it is a time to just gaze and ponder (tho' you sort of undermined that with the mention of a "huge turn out"!). Hmmmm....

I shall keep examining it as I sit on the sofa for more hours and hours of tennis. Hope you have some more hours to devote to figuring it all out, too.

Gorgeous photos, by the way.

rossichka said...

Well, if there's nothing particular to share - so there isn't. This is not a problem. At least not for me... Your quiet, slowly moving January provoked my thoughts. Must we always be in a hurry, run, stumble, fall, run again and feel depressed? Of course not! Do we deserve a rest? Yes, yes, yes! My January lasted too long. It's so boring with the cold and snow and I'm glad I can see its end! How nice to have enough time for your family, to calm down your life rhythm and take care about yourself...
When you have some minutes, please, visit my blog, Sue! You'll see what I made with the Christmas and New Year wishes I received, inspired by you!:0)

ljw said...

I always feel in January as if I'm holding my breath waiting for the cold and dark to finally pass and for the longer days to finally arrive. Perhaps this suspended animation is a form of hibernation which we need to sustain us for 'the final push' into the lighter warmer days ahead.

Gilly said...

I'm all for hibernation in January! Cold northeast winds and frost do not appeal!

But then I'd miss Carol Klein, and I just love her and her garden.

A Time to Dance said...

It makes me happy to hear that you are happy..I wish my January had been quiet...too busy...so much so I forget the names of dear friends...it has been put to rights now...

Bobo Bun said...

Not much to report and yet there is such depth to your words and imagery. I always find a calm and peace about your blog Sue that makes me feel good. Your shadowy picture is beautiful.