January can be a fickle month, but it always interesting to see what is growing in the coldest and darkest days. By joining in with Cathy many of us gather what there is in the garden and post on Mondays.
My Aunty Prue used to love watching TV and when I was young, used to have a catch phrase: "Never mind the quality feel the width". I could never understand this having had my early years abroad, and being young had no knowledge of the many European cultures and certainly didn't understand British humour. This was the title of a comedy series which I have just found on i-player, and really this is also now a 'historical piece' in itself and wonder whether it would now be aired given the current sensibilities.
I twisted it and as I also like small things made my own version: 'never mind the width feel the quality'. That is why I would say when you see this very small arrangement: never mind the size see the quality and beauty.
A few of cyclamen coum from two plants growing out in the borders with one slightly lighter blooms than the other, leaves from Ophiopogan, the dark is nigrescens, the variegated is Little Tabby. I bought this on one of my 'let's cure the winter blues outing'...and you can use the link to find out what works for me. You'll smile for sure, a different place each year mind. The spring is from shrub is Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Little Star'.
When I was still at school I read Vol de Nuit and Le Petit Prince of course in French, but did not take much note of this man' life or background. I came across The Prince of the Skies by Antonio Iturbe, on the new book stand in our local lending library, and took a punt of it, grabbed it and brought it home. That was on Christmas Eve. I had a book to finish for one of the book clubs, so this was on a back burner. Since picking it up, I have been eager to sit down and read through two or three chapters at a time.
For a while I shall be 'on sabbatical' from my Henton book club to pursue my own avenue of reading. I rushed through A Net for Small Fishes which I found quite horrific in places, a little drawn out in parts, but with enlightening final chapters. I find having to read two books for clubs each month is too much at present, and may well dip in to each club, as there are now sufficient members in each to make viable groups.