For the second year running I have joined the Valentine's blog swap 'Send a Little Love', organised by lovely Tracy from madaboutbagsuk.blogspot. where each participant sends their named partner 5 items, including: something red, something heart shaped or heart themed, and something deliciously edible. I have completed my mission and sent said items to my named partner - Tracy from sunny-corner-farmblogspot. This sunny corner is in New South Wales, Australia. I hope to have a few blog swap pics soon ...but not just yet, as it is meant to be a surprise.
I've been quite excited to hear from and about Tracy in a couple of exchanged e-mails, all the way across the globe. One of the main differences for us both has been the weather. Whilst I've got fed up with rain and gloomy dark grey skies here, Tracy has been struggling over there, with the heat! and has been so pleased to have rain this week. I on the other hand have been so pleased to see it stop and welcomed a brief respite, and a sunny morning.
This is the first day this year I have walked to the river since the floods. It is cold, squelchy under foot and very windy; the river is still fairly high, and its good to see swans, ducks and geese. Signs of spring with lambstails and pussy willow catkins along the bank.
. . . . ."And the January man comes round again, in woollen coat and boots of leather,
To take another turn and walk along the icy road he knows so well.
For the January man is here for starting each and every year
Along the road forever" (Traditional Folk Song)
I first heard 'The January Man' in the 1970s in a pub in Urmston, Manchester, sung by the Irish folk singer Christy Moore - he looked as if he had just come off a building site in his boots of leather. He played his guitar with great fat fingers like sausages but in contrast he played with dexterity. His melodic voice, soft and gentle, lilting, Irish. You could of heard a pin drop.
I have thought of this song , at the beginning of each and every year, ever since.
I have started my TWO new year calenders. The pretty patterned one, called "Eat, Sleep, Repeat", was designed by lovely blogger and artist Claire Leggett. And, a Yoga Cats one; a Christmas present from my son as he knows I love cats and yoga. A cup of yoga or chai tea in a new cup, a gift from a student. The yoga tea recipe is from Georgina Treasure, a Kundalini yoga teacher and healer, ending her classes with this sung Celtic blessing:-
"May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you, guide you on your way."
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