. . . . ."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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