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Moving with Orion Towards Midwinter

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The signs are everywhere…

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Nights drawing in…

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Unexpected sunshine on frosted mornings.

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The bare beauty of trees silhouetted against clear winter skies. 

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As Orion strides across the evening sky, we draw closer to the Winter Solstice and the darkest, stillest, nights of the year.

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Winter Solstice celebrations begin on the 21st of December, a time of hope and joy for all, regardless of belief or religious observances.

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Magical Midwinter!

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Ancient tribes all over the world observed rituals around Solstice time.

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We too can  celebrate Winter Solstice, integrating it into our own traditional celebrations.

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A chance to step outdoors and observe the night sky.

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An opportunity to nurture and develop connections to family and friends.

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From this day, there are 22 days to go before the descent into the Midwinter Solstice.

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Yes, the coldest days precede the Spring, so January rarely feels like the prelude to that beautiful season!

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But, here in the West of Ireland, with Imbolc on the first day of February, the signs are there for all to see, as new life emerges from the frozen earth.

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January at the Cottage

Re-cycling

The cottage is warm and cosy, thanks to heaps of old timber 

collected over the summer months.

Old wood flooring, pallets and posts have been stock-piled. Most

were sodden wet,

but have dried out well and give off super heat!

You may be wondering at the pic…yes, it snowed a little today and

this was snapped around 4pm.

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January Work

  • Plant trees
  • Clean out land drains
  • Prune fruit trees, mainly apple.
  • Prune bushes
  • lift and divide perennials
  • Wash tunnel inside and out   

Oh…and how could I forget…take Jack on longer walks!

Reflections

There are times when it can seem impossible to see the wood for the trees, as the old saying goes…and this time after the midwinter can appear confusing, as winter and the beginnings of Spring tend to merge and fade.

It remains a time of hibernation on cold days and Spring activity on sunny ones. My advice is simply to ‘go with the flow.’

Most of all, enjoy the days of this month and measure the gradual lengthening of each one.