There are all sorts of ways to wrap up a year. I have seen people post the first lines of the first blog post every month of the previous year, and I have seen them post the last line of the first blog post, or the last line of the last post of the month.
For a change, I thought I’d go through my photo collection and select one picture taken each month. This has actually been a very difficult exercise, as I have no idea whether I should try to select a shot that wraps up the month, or one that is a particularly wonderful shot, or… WHAT??? And how do I limit myself to ONLY ONE picture per month???
The selection criterion seems to be mutable. So, with no particular rule in mind, this is what I came up with.
While there were several spectacular sunsets during the month, January wrapped up with a fine bonfire. We sat and sipped home made limoncello while the fire burned. In the background is the sauna. To me, this picture is the perfect example of how we try to couple work and pleasure.
February was marked by a lot of snow. While I did escape it for a little more than a week by running off to Costa Rica, this shot of our pond, mostly frozen, with the gold finches drinking from the open water of the water fall really epitomizes the month for me.
In March, the garden started growing again, I got some cool shots of the rain garden full of water, and there were some more amazing sunsets and sunrises. But March was the month that Jim learned how to make a Tarte Tatin, and our lives have never been quite the same since.
April is always daffodil time at The Havens. Since daffodils really are my passion (I have over 100 varieties planted around the place), I don’t see how I can choose anything other than a daffodil picture for this month. This vaseful came from the gardens, front and back, and in no way represents all of what grows here, since the varieties bloom from the middle of March until the end of April. This would be the middle of the season.
May means lots of things, but last year the whole thing could be summed up in one word: Wedding. Jesse married Lynette in our garden on May 23. This picture was taken the day before the wedding.
June can be summed up in one word also: Mallory. The following shot was prophetic. The toys scattered about in the background are a feature of the house. In this room right now there are only four, but I can see a paper ball in the kitchen and I know that there are at least four or five toys in the living room. There must be parity between the dog and the cat, you know.
So much went on in July I really have a hard time choosing one shot. Now, there were LOTS of flowers, and bees and bugs, and garden shots. But the main event of July was the construction of a new water line to serve the Stroll Garden. I have numerous shots of Jim hard at work digging the thing; but honestly, using a pulaski and a digging bar does not lend itself to flattering photographs. So I have chosen the positively gorgeous ditch after it was complete to symbolize the work and the worker.
August: Harvest. Of grapes, tomatoes, beans, flowers. And there were thunderstorms, and the cat grew apace. But out in the labyrinth, the naked ladies came up and decorated the corners.
September was the saddest month of all. Jim’s brother died, and so did his best friend. I went to Costa Rica but didn’t take my camera. When I got home, the colchicums were blooming.
October shows just how depressed I was by all the events of September. For days at a time, I never took a single photograph. The clematis seed heads drew me out with their wonderful spiral forms.
The beginning of November wasn’t that much better, although going to see a therapist started helping. Then we left the country, traveled to Spain and cruised home from there across the Atlantic. The ocean is amazingly healing.
Home again, life sped up as all my massage clients made up for lost time, and we tried to get ready for Christmas. It was a quiet holiday for us, but satisfying. And Christmas day concluded with a young waxing crescent moon.
May you all be happy and healthy in the coming year. Thank you for visiting me over the past 5 1/2 years. Hard to believe it has been so long since I started blogging!