I really want to do some sort of monthly focus that helps make me more aware of the subtle changes in nature, and to embrace a more seasonal way of living.
However, with my first feeble attempt for January, I’ve come to realise that, far from being an expert, I have very limited knowledge in this area.
Usually, I’ll go away and do loads of research, read all the books and exude a sense of being v. well-versed on the subject (because to me, admitting a lack of knowledge or not knowing the answer to something is a sign of failure, and not being good enough)… but this time, for the first time, like, EVER, I’m going to hold my hands up and say: I DON’T KNOW.
However, I ~do~ want to start learning more about seasonality, so I’m going to continue with these monthly themes, but they will be a work in progress. In terms of digital content, they will be ever-green, and I’ll continue to update them, year after year. So hopefully, come the end of this month, I’ll have my own photos to add or observations to make about the month, which I’ll add in then. A slightly backwards approach, but WHATEVS.
So,right now, it seems, I’m clueless. Which is precisely why I want to do this. Normally, I bundle January and February together, as cold, wet, miserable and nothing to write home about. Normally I wish my way through these wintry months, longing for warmer weather ASAP.
” Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are Spring violets under the snow.”
– R.H. Newell
But by being more tuned in and seasonally aware, I am starting to appreciate this time of year much more. There’s an awful lot of activity going on behind-the-scenes of nature, and that’s something I’m trying to echo. This is a time to rest, plan and prepare. Just like the flourishing seeds underground, getting ready to bloom in spring.
February is traditionally the month to cleanse and purify – in terms of both spring-cleaning your house, as well as YOUR MIND, and this is something I can totally get on board with. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with clutter lately – particularly when it comes to my overflowing wardrobe – and am longing to simplify my style. And, y’know, not have half the contents of my wardrobe tumble to the floor every time I open the door…
So what’s in season?
Carrots! Brussels sprouts, spring green cabbage, savoy cabbage, cauliflower, kale and leeks are also still around this month.
Apparently, if it thunders in February,it will frost in April.
Dates for the diary:
2nd: Groundhog Day
14th: Valentine’s Day
28th: Mardi Gras
Moon movements (UK):
Full moon: 11th at 00:32
New moon: 26th at 14:58