Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

January – gateway to the year

January holds thirty-one precious days. In the Northern hemisphere these will be cold, cutting, icy, windy, bitter, rain-filled and interspersed with snowfall. The word January means door, doorway or gateway to the year. Its origins fall back in time to the Romans who worshipped amongst others, a god who was reputed to wear two faces and was known as Janus or Ianuarius. Ianua was a Latin word used for door.

JanuaryThe garden covered in snow in January

The birds are struggling to find adequate pickings this month and there has been a steep decline in the magpie population. Previous milder winters has caused an explosion in the population of the crow family but this year there is noticeably less of them visiting the garden for food. There have been more blackbird and thrushes flying in and prepared to join each other at the dinner table which is most unusual. Blackbird, thrush and robin are very territorial and usually will fight off other members of the same family when their territory has been breached by another. The cold weather appears to have brought out a softer more tolerant side to their natures as they, for once, are prepared to share any offerings to stave of hunger or starvation.


Ann said...

Very interesting facts about January. I didn't know that nor had I ever heard it before. The poor birds but it's nice to hear they are sharing.

Jennie said...

It has been a while since I last visited, Polly! I almost forgot how scenic your blog is. It couldn't be more timely for an inspiration for my newest blog - LearningPhotography.info :-)

What I'm really here for is to thank you for the tips that you shared in my beauty blog - KikayCorner.net. Yes, this is the same Jennie from MarriageandBeyond.com :-)

I am so hoping that the milia will not come back. And super thanks for sharing the Vit.B deficiency cause of white heads. Will take note of this. Now I'm googling if kefir can replace milk in that context. I've been intolerant for as long as I can remember. But I'm good with kefir.

I really appreciate it that you had to come back and let me know. God bless your generous heart. Enjoy your weekend, Polly! :D