February’s doubts

22 Feb

I’m finally back and with plenty of news, like the spam message from a certain rabid news corporation in the US which was (unsurprisingly) shockingly written. For now though , go visit my first of two reblogs for today. First up is Andrea, whose blog deserves a lot of love thanks to its evocative photography and subject matter. A haven for all those wishing to appreciate the simple joys in life.

Harvesting Hecate


February is the fag end of winter.  Though I love this season, this is the point when I’m ready for spring, for light, for warmth.  This is the point at which the cold and dark tires me and I trudge through the days simply surviving.  When it is no longer as easy to connect with that self I find in the rich, dark dreaming.  I have woken up, but rudely.  February is the alarm that wakes me when I’m not ready to wake, interrupting a peaceful sleep.  It is the truculent moment when I haul myself out of bed before I’m ready, to a day that I’m not looking forward to.  A transition time, but not the lazy transition of summer into autumn, or the barely perceptible change from autumn to winter.  February is hard work.


This is the time of year when winter can seem harshest.  It is usually our coldest month and the short…

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21 responses to “February’s doubts

  1. Resa

    22/02/2017 at 18:01

    Lovely shots, and the sky is the same colour in Toronto!


  2. Marjorie

    22/02/2017 at 23:28

    The photographs are beautiful. Very wintry looking indeed! Brrrr. I’m also ready for some warmer weather.


    • Ste J

      23/02/2017 at 11:15

      Hopefully warm weather will be right around the corner soon. I could do with luscious green grass, lambs gambolling around and such.


    • Andrea Stephenson

      01/03/2017 at 12:59

      Thank you Marjorie, it was gloomy, but the sun has arrived 🙂


  3. clarepooley33

    23/02/2017 at 00:53

    I am a recent follower of Andrea’s blog and love her posts and find her writing very inspirational.


  4. Lyn

    23/02/2017 at 03:06

    I’m looking forward to March and some relief from our summer temperatures of up to 47C (116F) although today is not too bad — only 36 (96.8F) 😀


    • Ste J

      23/02/2017 at 11:07

      36! I am a mess at 25C, still I could be up for that challenge in the right circumstances.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Andrea Stephenson

      01/03/2017 at 13:00

      I think I prefer February’s gloom to those hot temperatures Lyn!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. shadowoperator

    23/02/2017 at 12:08

    Here in the Northeastern U. S., we are having a spate of unseasonably warm days. It’s been about 50-55 degrees F for the last several days. Of course, the groundhog on Groundhog’s Day DID see his shadow and ducked back in his hole, so theoretically we have five-six more weeks of winter, but right now, it doesn’t appear that way….


    • Ste J

      23/02/2017 at 13:09

      50F sounds about what we are having, although high winds are plaguing us too.Five or six weeks more of winter…good luck with that, I am ready for some sun and book reading weather!


    • Andrea Stephenson

      01/03/2017 at 13:01

      Definitely time for spring 🙂


  6. Andrea Stephenson

    01/03/2017 at 12:58

    Thanks so much for the reblog Ste, March has come in sunny and cold, chasing away some of that February gloom and hopefully some of those doubts!


    • Ste J

      03/03/2017 at 14:17

      It does feel different now, more than the transition usually does. I think the year feels like it can truly begin now that we have some sunshine.

      It is always a pleasure to share the blogging love, my friend.

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  7. Amethystmist

    04/04/2017 at 15:31

    My research last year on Paganism which is still ongoing has made me reflect on the seasons more, and on recognising and celebrating them. I’ve discovered what is done past and present in some of the branches of Paganism (there are SO many, though most people have likely only heard of Wicca and maybe druidry). This also relates to your other re-blogged post which didn’t seem to have the option of commenting on it. I know there are many Gods and Goddesses in many traditions and from all over the world. Sometimes it’s interesting to see the myths although the Gods and Goddesses are not really something I feel a connection with, at least at the current time.


    • Ste J

      04/04/2017 at 18:35

      The Gods and Goddesses are very much of their time and place, I think these days it is hard to feel any connection, especially as they are usually tied to the land and we have since progressed beyond that. It is still fascinating to read up on these things. I think with the other post, the comment would have to be on that specific blog, I was trying something slightly different to the traditional reblog!


      • Amethystmist

        04/04/2017 at 18:45

        Yes, it does seem that being a Pagan is more common than you may think and is on the rise in our country and many Pagans believe in more than 1 God. I think the place in the UK with the highest rate of Pagans is Scotland.


        • Ste J

          04/04/2017 at 18:51

          Paganism is closer to our roots than the adopted Christianity so it makes sense that as people become disillusioned with modern religions they would go back to the older more nature based ones.



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