Helen Rumbelow in today's Times talks about January and the reason she rather likes it. Made me think - and I think I agree with her, although if it turns out to be a month of freezing cold weather and snow I shall probably eat my words.
When we were children the days seemed endless - or at least looking back from this advanced age they did. In the summer holidays we would pack our bike baskets with jam sandwiches, a bottle of water, a fishing net and a jam jar and we would bike off to Sandhill Beck, where the beck had a sandy bottom and lots of little bridges and we would amuse ourselves for hours catching minnows and displaying them in our jam jars, eating our sandwiches, lazing on the grass. It was just a series of never ending days.
But now the days fly past, maybe helped by the fact that I do so many things at the same time each week - so that Wednesday becomes Exercise Day, Thursday becomes Hair day and so on.
But Rumbelow says that for her January is the only month when 'time slows to a manageable speed'. I do see her point. Our years are divided up into the four seasons - and in Winter we look forward desperately to Spring. January seems to go slowly, then February speeds up like mad as it is such a short month, and then before you know where you are it is Spring and the year just flies by, punctuated on the farm by the various happenings like lambing, the cows going out to grass, the winter sheep going home to their farm and the summer ones with young lambs arriving, the haymaking, the silaging, the hedge cutting and then -wham - it is Christmas again. So let's welcome January and say thank you that for a few weeks we can take it easy.
Readers of my blog will know that I love rooks, they are my favourite bird. There is a lovely story in that same paper today saying that rooks are stealing golf balls in mid play. They are swooping down onto the course and picking up the balls. One walker found 1500 of them stashed in an old hollow tree.
Have a long, pleasant evening, take it easy and just let everything flow over your head for a few days - let the world slow down.