January has been and gone. The cold wind at times was biting and the sheepskin mittens I found in last winter’s sale have proved invaluable. With the darkness creeping in so early we hibernated together indoors, painting pictures, reading stories, watching movies and eating soul food like slow cooked stews, veggie soups and buttered jacket potatoes. This is not the time of year for watching one’s waistline!
The children have started to ask how long it will be until we can get the paddling pool out to play in, memories of summer as warm in their hearts as they are in mine. I miss the freedom of flinging open the windows and doors and letting them wander seamlessly from inside to outside. We potted some narcissus to brighten the kitchen island and bring a little sunshine inside our home. In the garden, I’ve planted out a beautiful white winter rose so that when we look out on our dormant flowerbeds, there are signs of life smiling back at us, a reminder of the bounty that will return in the months ahead.
In place of The 52 Project this year I’ve chosen to share a collection of images, some portraits, some still life capturing everyday moments each month of 2017. I’ve enjoyed looking back and selecting this month’s pictures. I’ve also found the freedom of taking photos as and when, rather than to meet a weekly deadline, inspiring, my creative self feels awakened. So here we are, thank you January, you were chilly but a cosy one!