‘First, what did yesternight deliver?
“Another year has gone for ever.”
And what is this day’s strong suggestion?
“The passing moment’s all we rest on!”
Rest on-for what? what do we here?
Or why regard the passing year?
Will Time, amus’d with proverb’d lore,
Add to our date one minute more?
A few days may-a few years must-
Repose us in the silent dust.
Then, is it wise to damp our bliss?
Yes-all such reasonings are amiss!
The voice of Nature loudly cries,
And many a message from the skies,
That something in us never dies.’
Rabbie Burns, ‘Sketch – New Year’s Day’ (1790).
Rabbie Burns’ musings on the inexorable passage of time, of living in the moment and embracing nature seemed apt to accompany these shots taken on a Wiantry New Year walk up Arthur’s Seat, and somewhat summed up my own thoughts this New Year. As soon as Christmas is over, it feels like the rest of the world has gambolled headfirst into Spring (heck, I even saw an advert for a famed chocolate egg yesterday), when in Scotland the reality is that the deepest, darkest days of Winter are far from over. In fact, it often gets much colder after Christmas, the likelihood of snow increases, and it’s still a long time until there will be daylight before or after working hours. Part of me does a wee dance, as I really do love Winter and frosty, clear days have been few and far between this season – but at the same time, I know Spring is a distant dream as yet…
It’s a difficult enough time of year; the post-Christmas slump starts things off, and then there’s the marketing and online pressures of ‘new year, new you’ – without adding the lack of daylight and dreich weather to the mix! To get me through these Winteriest of months, as well as nesting, stockpiling blankets, warm beverages and generally embracing all things hygge, I’ve vowed to beat the January blues by appreciating the wee things and getting outside, both Burns-approved, as well as generally being a wee bit kinder to myself. Whether it’s a frosty walk, noticing incongruous Winter blossom, treating myself to a cardamom hot chocolate and cinnamon bun from my favourite fika spot, taking time out for a thrifting trip or soaking up the joy of a new coat – we should be embracing the rituals of the season as well as whatever gets us through these cold days!
Sartorially speaking, when the days are short, dark and cold, I’m all about wearing what brings me joy too (as well as thermals, obviously). Spring may be far off but I’m still embracing pastels for Winter, starting with this Boden Joanna coat. Longtime readers will know my enduring love of mint green as well as ‘sixties style, so this cut and colour pairing is a match made in heaven for me. The swing shape, cute collar and oversized buttons are the icing on the cake. Worn with my vintage teal corduroy dress and Hilary Grant mittens I felt more than a little Frozen – if, paradoxically, rather cosy – in icy shades. A coat that brings a smile to your face is one surefire way to brighten Winter days – and I know this one will be doing just that for many more to come.
What are you wearing in January? How are you beating the Winter blues with your wardrobe?
What I’m wearing: vintage dress via Judy’s Vintage Fair; coat c/o Boden; gloves c/o Hilary Grant; Clarks boots and vintage accessories.