I’m tucked cosily inside, my chores for the day are done and I think it’d be a good time to break open the Kindle.

Oh the weather outside is frightful!
But the fire is so delightful.

I’m humming that to myself to the tune of “Oh the weather outside is frightful.” Meanwhile, I’m tucked cosily inside, my chores for the day are done and I think it’d be a good time to break open the Kindle.

It’s a new year and I’m looking forward to it. This beautiful splash of colour is helping me to stay positive. When all around is cold and miserable, the little cyclamen stands tall against everything that winter throws at it.

Despite the frost last night, this fern is carrying on regardless. It’s very sheltered and hasn’t died back fully as yet. I think there were only two or three frost nights in November/December.

Would you look at that? The daffodils are peeping up, but what caught my eye is the pot that is lopsided. It’s tilted noticeably but the emerging stems are upright. Time to get these pots out from their hiding corner. That’s a job for Saturday. The heating is on, the stove is lit and I’ve an hour to read before dinner.

I’m reading “We Don’t Know Ourselves” written by journalist Fintan O’Toole. It’s a personal history of Ireland since 1958. Fintan was born just a few months ahead of me that year. Since then, he’s been ahead of me in the writing game too.

Regular readers here will have noticed my absence since October. I’d had my annual downturn and my motivation to write was gone. That said, I’m back on track, helped in no small way by regular slow winter cycling.

What will 2022 bring? Whatever, I’m ready for the off! Bring it on!

Author: Páraig

Changing my mind, one thought at a time. When head is good so is everything, including some fast biking and slow gardening.

5 thoughts on “Frightful”

  1. Welcome back! I missed your posts, so I’m pleased you are all ready to go for 2022. Sometimes all you need is a little rest, a small change, to lift spirits and be inspired again. Cyclamens are one of my favourite plants to bring joy during winter. I now have a few in pots, which seem to last from year to year. Happy New Year to you and your wife!


    1. Yes, a rest was needed! I hope to be a bit more regular now that spring is not too far away. I’ll write more generally about my gardening week rather than specifically for the Six on Saturday which had become a bit of a challenge.
      I’ve seen cyclamen plants killed by frosts, and I’ve lost a few down through the years but so far so good this year.


  2. Good to have you back in the saddle and at the writing desk, Pádraig. It is the time to go and search for the bright spots in the garden. I’ll have to get you onto the snowdrops for a mid-winter interest.


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