The amazing full moon, blue moon (with their being 2 full moons in January), super moon (closest to he earth) all rolled into one. For those of you in the USA you also had the blood moon too but here in the UK we didn't really see the redness.
We have a National Space Centre here in my city and you can read all about last nights moon here.
I captured this with the camera, although it was very windy and we had such cloud cover it was hard to see it clearly every time i stepped outside during the evening. I should have taken a picture whilst it was still daylight as the moon appeared DH tells me as it was much better then ... mental note to self for next time to try that and maybe listen to DH's advice!
My almanac for February tells me that 2nd February is Candlemas, or the old celtic name Imbolc. Burning torches were carried across the land to purify it prior to planting and symbolise the strengthening sun each day. It is supposed to see the passing of winter and the start of the agricultural year with lengthening days, warm soil and the promise of good harvests to come later in the year.
Crocus and spring bulbs should be opening their buds to bring us some much needed colour into the garden, or into our homes in the form of small planters. The snowdrop is a natural symbol of hope and purity and links to Candlemas celebrations. They were once called Candlemas bells and it was said to be unlucky if you brought them into the house before Candlemas.
Mine in the garden are just opening their buds although I think Mr Squirrel might have stolen a few during the winter as we planted many more last year.
It just so happens that my two baby Jesus' in the crib are complete and will be handed over to the knitting group tomorrow on Candlemas. He was a bit fiddly to sew up and its not my best work but I think he'll be ok and one of him is slightly bigger than the other.
A little unfinished item in the workbox has been completed for a friends birthday. Justine gave me this complete little bookmark kit when we met last Spring.
All stitched and backed with white felt this cute little kitty sits inside the little card. I'll add a book token inside as the recipient is a reader.
I've had 5 craft finishes in January -
I've read 6 books during January -
Not a bad start to the year. I've got 3 WIP projects in my basket moving forward into February - the secret stitch project, the organza picture embroidery and my knitted cardigan and there will be new things to add to the list as the month progresses with a SAL and an exchange to look forward to.
I hope your January was a productive one too.
Love and blessings to you all