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January in Pictures

January in pictures on a bookish baker

We’ve had misty days, damp and dank days, crisp frosts, blue skies, bright and piercing sunshine and nights that were well below freezing.

The seasonal stream has swollen, the ground going from rock hard to soft to squelchy in a matter of hours.

Birds have been singing, the green woodpecker has been swooping and feasting in the garden, a heron stopped by for a day or two, flying upwards leisurely when disturbed.

The calling sound of the pheasant, we’ve got black ones around here with glints of green in their tails, is a regular sound, as is the voice of my eldest cockerel.

Inside the soft scent of vanilla and ginger hit your senses, as my son gets stuck into his baking project. Plans of my own are being hatched and researched. My head has been scratched endlessly; my brain almost unpleasantly stuffed with information.

I never wish January away. It’s a month that gets a hard time. After all, how could the month following December with it’s bright lights, joyful music, carols and laughter, compete?

But I relish its quietness, the solitude, the nesting. It’s a chance to recover, to plan and a time of anticipation.

shortbread on a bookish baker

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6 Comments

  • Reply Lady Eve

    I know it’s a bit silly, but I am blown away by your photo of the Highland. It’s a lovely composition and the quality of the photograph intrigues me. I am so new to all this – can you tell me a little about how the photo was taken and edited? Obviously I don’t plan to ‘copy’ your style, but some information on camera/phone and what editing software/app you used would be really interesting, to me.

    Oh, and I’ve finally got round to ‘following’ the blog by email, too!

    4th February 2017 at 10:45 am
    • Reply Helen Redfern

      Oh you are so kind. It was taken with my iphone 6s+. I was basically walking down the path, saw the cow, tied my dog up so I could get closer then snapped about 10 pictures. I was just so lucky she was eating and it was still in her mouth! I then edited it in VSCO which is a fantastic editing tool. You can get free filters but I bought a pack inside the app. I wanted to make the hair (fur?!) of the cow stand out as it does in real life.

      4th February 2017 at 1:14 pm
      • Reply Lady Eve

        Thank you for the useful pointers.

        4th February 2017 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Nina Kellock

    Well, anyone who starts with a photo of a Highland Cow gets a ten from me! Just love them and have plans to be one of several adopters of a rescued Highland named Candyfloss at an animal rescue farm not too far away. I also read Slightly Foxed and had two of the five Christmas reads you chose! I used to write a lot, published many times, but that muse has left me and now I pretend to be an art journalist- not good at art really but love playing. And being an old lady Now, with no commitments other than to take care of my darling husband, in Return for his taking care of me, I can potter in the garden and snooze in between cooking and reading and read lovely things like this. Can’t remember where I read about you, in a magazine I know, but not sure which one as I’ve just had a purge and thrown loads away. I shall make sure to come back!

    4th February 2017 at 5:18 pm
    • Reply Helen Redfern

      Hello Nina – thank you for your lovely comment. I love the sound of you adopting a highland!

      5th February 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply katie

    Wonderful image of the cow, and I agree, I like the gentle pace of January and the chance to quietly start the year. x

    7th February 2017 at 10:08 pm
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