Colder and colder - a few warm days and we race out to do some cleaning, pruning and sprucing before the cold sweeps back in! But after all, as Marcus Tullius Cicero (died 43 bc) said " If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  
A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. 
Bill Vaughan  

My grandfather told me many years ago "You only have to buy Marigolds once. Then you are set for life."

One of my current pet theories is that the winter is a kind of evangelist, more subtle than Billy Graham, of course, but of the same stuff.
Shirley Ann Grau

"It is deep January. 
The sky is hard. The stalks are firmly rooted in ice.

Wallace Stevens:  No Possum, No Sop, No Taters

"January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was always shown as having two heads.  He looked back to the last year and forward to the new one.  The Roman New Year festival was called the Calends, and people decorated their homes and gave each other gifts.New Year's Day"

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