9 January

in the darker months of winter

old books become as old friends

one settles in to tea with

not just printed words upon a page

but reminders of days past

old hands are young again as they work

and children snuggle smelling fresh from baths

stories of long ago and far way

ancestors encircle us as we sip


  1. January days and nights call for all these little luxuries, and they are luxuries.


  2. You nailed comforts of winter.

  3. Couldn't agree more. Gorgeous picture.

  4. Winter is a good time to reflect and reinvent. Love the photo!

  5. A perfect way to spend January - books and tea. Warm and comforting

  6. wonderful ... books, tea ... cool weather ... cuddly blankets ... all for dream making.

  7. nice...got a bit of reading done over the holiday and a stack of books on the bedside...i love to read, so..i am right there....

  8. cold winter days the perfect time for tea and a good book. lovely post. Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs!

  9. Pottery and books. Love it.

  10. Sweet! I feel cozy just looking at your image. The simple pleasures of tea, books, and a handicraft are really underrated in today's hectic world. A return to the simple is such a need!

  11. Oh yeah! Beautiful picture and words...
    Greetings from Germany

  12. Nice poem. Just by reading it, I am feeling all warm and cozy.

  13. I like the way you set up this shot!

  14. I look forward to visiting you on Thursdays! Your site is growing on me, I must add you to my Bloglovin list. As for your post today, I love the image because I'm a book lover, not only in winter but year round. However, it's true. Books seem to cozy up to you more in winter, don't they?

  15. Oh how lovely and in every way! :<)

    I have a new feature starting tomorrow at My Poetic Path: Friday Funnies! hope you'll be able to join us.

    Happy Weekend, G

  16. lovely!! it feels so warm and indulgent :)

  17. Lovely post...old books are always friends to me...I surround myself with them. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and have a wonderful, cozy weekend...hopefully with some reading!

  18. So lyrical...love your still life - the chickadee is charming. Sometimes I feel the ancestors, too. xo Karen

  19. Love the photo. Little things ARE the big things aren't they?


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