January certainly lives up to its bad reputation! Whereas we sat outside until the new year, we’re now huddled up against the stove searching warmth and comfort. Our December window made way for the January window exploring shades of grey and brown. A fallen willow in the woods supplied this week’s vase. Dried and dead bracken leaves adorn a ribbon – fragile, beautiful silhouettes against the grey sky. Icicles catch the light. The vase is a bottle of wine (1952) which we drank with friends after my book launch in September. Thanks to Cathy for hosting the meme – I don’t take part that often but always enjoy it immensely. It’s a great inspiration to see what others come up with, so do check out their vases here. Happy Monday 🙂

The Twelve Months  by George Ellis

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,

Showery, Flowery, Bowery,

Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,

Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy.






27 thoughts

  1. What delightful photographs, Annette – although of course that is what we would expect from someone of your calibre 😉 It was good to hear from you today and I hope that your book is doing well and that you and Monsieur are both in fine fettle after all your physical efforts last year

    1. Thanks, Cathy, the book’s doing well and as for Monsieur and myself, we’ve had a bit of tough luck health-wise but come spring it’ll hopefully be all forgotten!

  2. That’s a beautiful arrangement with the light filtering through the bracken leaves. It reminds me of my first encounter with „Fensterschmuck“ in a tiny gift shop in Baden Württemberg about 25 years ago – the word alone is precious and I have adored it ever since! Hope you have a good fire going tonight like we have…. It’s freeeezing here! 😉

    1. You see when the wine gets to that age enjoyment has a lot to do with sentimentality and cherishing tradition and memories. It was the last bottle of a vintage year when my husband was born and we thought the book launch and the fact that our friend is a professional wine expert are the perfect occasion. 🙂

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