12 days of Christmas treats all finished, I definitely won't do it again next year.... although nothing I bought will go to waste it did seem a bit extravagant, especially as I had enough chocolate and biscuits given me to last for months so didn't need to have bought myself any.
Now I can get back to normal posts
A January Morning
The glittering roofs are still with frost; each worn
Black chimney builds into the quiet sky
Its curling pile to crumble silently.
Far out to westward on the edge of morn,
The slender misty city towers up-borne
Glimmer faint rose against the pallid blue;
And yonder on those northern hills, the hue
Of amethyst, hang fleeces dull as horn.
And here behind me come the woodmen's sleighs
With shouts and clamorous squeakings; might and main
Up the steep slope the horses stamp and strain,
Urged on by hoarse-tongued drivers—cheeks ablaze,
Iced beards and frozen eyelids—team by team,
With frost-fringed flanks, and nostrils jetting steam.
Archibald Lampman, a Canadian Poet (1861-1899)
The weather in January could be terrible with heavy snow and hard frosts or maybe just dull and grey, whichever, it will probably be cold but not as cold as centuries past.
Many old weather sayings look forward to snow ......
When oak trees bend with snow in January, good crops may be expected.
In January much rain and little snow is bad for mountains, valleys and trees
Am I the only person who always - without fail - every year - finds one Christmas decoration left after all the rest are packed away?