January and the start of a new year. Weather wise it was not as cold as usual at the start of the month, and we saw many days hovering around 0 Celsius and just above.
Instead of looking through the garden gate these photos were mostly taken through the window. January started with the garden being free of snow.
We had snow the next day, but it came and went fairly quickly.
We started January in a lockdown due to the covid pandemic. It was supposed to last till almost the end of the month but about half way through the month the Ontario government issued a stay at home order to last until sometime in February 2021.
That didn’t affect us that much as we don’t do a lot of road trips during the winter, but it did mean we couldn’t see anybody except each other, so visits with the grandkids was put on hold once again. Thank goodness that after 51 years of marriage we still get on with each other!
The stay at home order doesn’t stop the critters and birds from visiting the garden. Both cats and bluejays visit the cat food bowl.
We are so lucky to have about 5 pairs of cardinals over the winter. Such a delight to see the brilliant red of a snowy day and they frequently play peek a boo in the trees.
When I’m not looking out the windows and taking photographs I’ve been keeping busy with lots of different things.
When these books get returned to the library they will have one of my bookmarks inside them and hopefully the next person to read the book will enjoy the bookmark.
By mid January there were patches of grass and gardens showing close to the house. This area is the trellis garden.
I’ve spent a lot of time on the mosaic crochet project. I love how the cross body bag turned out.
I’m knitting the hyacinth and heather shawl with some yarn that I purchased awhile ago. The original project wasn’t to my liking, and so it was unravelled and now I’m using it for this shawl. But since I started the mosaic crochet it has been put aside and I only pick it up now and then to do the odd row.
With the addition of some paint pens to my crafting supplies I am now able to decorate much smaller rocks with the fine detail I can get.
I love fun facts like this. On January 21 it was the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century.
This was a quick and fun little project to make from an idea that Margie had at Tea in the Valley I had an old glass teapot that had a hole in the bottom. I had been using it for a planter but cleaned it out and added a string of lights that are battery operated and can be set on a timer. Really cute to see it lit up in the evenings on the kitchen table.
I made natural diffusers for various rooms, as I love the natural scent of essential oil.
We had snow towards the end of the month and the temperatures dipped way down to about -15 Celsius overnight with wind chills making it much colder.
The days seems to run into each other and pass very quickly thanks to my daily routines, photography, reading and crafting.
The last day of January has the sun rising on a very cold and windless day. With the month over we are moving closer to spring and there is a bit more daylight to each day.
Hope you had a good January.
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