January: Starting and Finishing.


Frost still on the ground in the shade

January here in the Midlands has been a mixture weather wise, of rain, wind, cold, and sharp frosts that some days have never lifted in the shade.. Frost always fascinates me, and I couldn’t help but take a few photos of frost on some Ivy when I took a walk the other morning. Click photo’s to Enlarge.

While the Frost looks pretty, it didn’t do our Broad Beans any favours, the very low temperatures killed them off as they had come through the ground about 3 inches high.. But it’s not too late to sow some more, Some years we are lucky others not. Gardening is all Swings and Roundabouts.. πŸ™‚ We are hoping the Two neglected plots at either side of us are taken up by people who will cultivate them… As the seeds from the weeds are a constant battle..

Manure half-way spread on this piece of the plot. Since this photo was taken, Hubby has started to dig it all in.
The Brussel Sprouts always tastes that bit better after having some frost on them.
Purple Flowering Broccoli Starting to Sprout.


While Hubby’s fingers have been aching cold with frost, mine have been busy finishing off several more knitting projects.. The New Home to which Cyril the Owl and Charlotte the Fox are now living happily together is also home to a little White knitted Donkey.. This little Donkey is now 46 years years old and was knitted for my Daughter as a baby.. He is a cherished little soul, and I was asked by my daughter to give him a new jumper… As he was feeling quite left out by the new outfits I knitted for Charlotte the Fox for Christmas..

Charlottes New Clothes in Cape and shoes. And Donkey in his New Green Sweater,

And I finished my project I started just after Christmas, a Waistcoat I made for myself.

So that is what I have been starting and finishing over the Month of January. I hope that what ever projects you have got in hand, you will enjoy creating in 2023.. Whether it be in the Garden or your Hobbies and Crafts..

β€œWhen the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.” 

– Minnie Aumonier

Happy Gardening!.


51 thoughts on “January: Starting and Finishing.

  1. β€˜Tis your season of starting and finishing…beginning and ending…initiation and completion. Great imagery. Love Cyril the Owl. Charlotte the Fox and little White knitted Donkey. They are good friends from different walks of life living harmoniously together. Fox is clever, playful, mischievous and patient. Owl is wise, intuitive, perceptive and observant. Donkey is devoted, strong willed, kind and hard working. 😊 Abundant blessings to you and all your loving companions.

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  2. The frost is of a crisp white. If you follow Dr. Emoto the emotions in the negative not the weather can turn crystals brownish. Keep holding the light. Nice work on the plot that you cultivate and your knitting is amazing. I love the sheep. Hope you have a wonderful day and week start and say hi to B ❀

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    • Agreed Joseph… I have followed Dr Emoto’s work on freezing water and analysing the frozen crystals, after projecting certain emotions into it.. The very good news is that even the darkest of waters of the Yangtze River in China, which was viewed under the microscope as very polluted and had distorted crystals, on projecting LOVE into a sample of the river water… When frozen and viewed again… The distortion had been transformed…
      Given we are made up of a majority of water Joseph… There may well be hope yet for Mankind… If we are able to project that love and kindness into ourselves, the land, and into others…
      The White Donkey, does look like a sheep LOL… πŸ™‚ but he originally came with bridle and saddle lol. long since lost.. .. πŸ™‚ I didn’t knit that particular animal.. My Aunt did as a gift for my then baby daughter. πŸ™‚ Many thanks for your lovely comment Joseph.. I will pass on your Hi to B… He is the hero on the plot.. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  3. Indeed dear lady, that tilling of the soil refreshes the soul. A grounding if you will to release our own toxins of life. Whatever our hearts are in, especially lovely crafting with knitting, is a healing in itself. Great post dear lady, may your gardens go well for the new year πŸ˜€β€οΈπŸ™πŸ½

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    • Thank you kindly dear Mark… After the break in winter gardening, Starting to dig, spread manure etc can be hard on the old muscles… and Hubby is the one doing all the heavy lifting… I get to do my bit later on as I bend to plant seeds πŸ™‚
      I do not know what I would have done had it not been for my crafts Mark… They are indeed healing, and meditating as I drift into my own world while clicking needles and creating.. πŸ™‚
      Many thanks again for your lovely comment πŸ™‚

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  4. Your frost photos look much like the frost here this morning. When I took my dog out my steps were crunchy beneath my boots. Working in the cold can become a painful endeavor with ones hands. But I know between the two of you that you will get it done. Spring is just around the corner…or at least that is what I would like to think. Do take good care my friend. xoxo

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  5. Hi Sue! You and hubby have been very busy cultivating and creating! Amazing amount of creativity bursting forth here! I am truly impressed with your dedication. Loads of stuff already happening on your allotment even with the frost, lovely as it might be! Power to you and I’m sending lots of good growth vibes to your massive food harvest this year! Much love to Charlotte, Donkey and Cyril too!! They are so cute and love their clothes! Your waistcoat is wonderful and looks very cosy!! Much love and hugs!! Donna

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    • Thank you Donna… Yes we sometimes wonder how we found time to work πŸ™‚ Lol… for we both keep ourselves busy. Thank you for those Growth vibes Donna… And I will pass on your Hugs to the Gang..
      The waistcoat is warm, and was Christened today by its first wearing.. and it is very cosy and warm.. πŸ™‚
      Sending love and Hugs your way .. ❀

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  6. Sue, between you and your hubby my head spins. I applaud your spouse for all the work he has put into that allotment. I KNOW how backbreaking working manure is into the soil. I actually do it on my hands and knees! Crossing fingers someone or perhaps two someones will rent out the allotments next to yours. And as for your creations, as I’ve told you before, you are a Master when it comes to whatever you touch via the needle be it knitting or crochet. Regarding the animals …. we all could learn from them for they truly have so much to teach us. I am looking forward to Cyril’s column ….. the wise owl. Hmmmm …. I can “feel” it so! Much love to you, dear friend!! xoxoxo

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    • Thank you dear Amy… Yes the plot at one side the gentleman got too ill to really do any thing with it for several years, yet he hung onto it hoping he could get well enough, he never did.. The other side we were hopeful two years ago as a new man took it on.. all he did was plant three rows of potatoes which he left to rot in the ground… He covered a quarter of his plot with ground cover to stop the weeds while using heavy weed killer Sigh… on the other half.. We are keeping fingers crossed they are soon taken up by people who will care for them.
      And yes Cyril is going to be a bit of a Character.. But he has behaved himself on his first Column lol… πŸ™‚ But I cannot garentee what he will toot out LOL.. πŸ™‚
      Much love and many thanks again Amy…. ❀

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  7. Sue, you are too much! If I had half your ambition, I might accomplish a few things outside of my routine/s … on the other hand, i now have a studio, so i have NO excuses anymore not to do art! Blessings, dear one. ❀

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  8. What a lovely post, dearest Sue. Starting and finishing……here’s to your planting in our next adventure around the sun. Much love to Cyril, Charlotte, little Donkey and you and hubby with many hugs, always. xXx πŸ’•βœ¨πŸ’•πŸŒžπŸŒ»

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  9. Hello dear friend!

    I apologize in advance for the brevity of this post. We just began our adventure, and my routines have disappeared, leaving me woefully behind in my computer work. Hopefully next week will bring an improvement in my work habits.

    As always, I enjoyed your whimsical look at the weather and the garden. Thank you for bringing a smile to this old face.

    Hugs and love from afar


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    • Hi Bill… wonderful to know your BIG adventure for both of you is underway.. I haven’t seen of noticed any updates of late.. But I Will get around to your blog… I have been a bit swamped myself with projects lately.. So I have not been doing the rounds either..
      Sending LOVE and Hugs and hope all is going to plan.. ❀ ❀


  10. I somehow missed this post. So glad you sent me the link! Those little critters are adorable. Such talent, and I can feel the love that went into them. They’re smiling it out to everyone around them. Just lovely! ❀


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