Reasons to be cheerful

Anything that makes me start singing 'Reasons to be Cheerful, part 3' has to be a good thing in its own right.  I was a teenager when this song was released, I was a huge fan of Ian Dury and the Blockheads and to this day I rate him highly.  

I was thinking about songs that remind me of January, well actually closer to the truth I kept singing: 

"January, sick and tired, you've been hanging on me
You make me sad with your eyes
You're telling me lies
Don't go, don't go" (Pilot 1975)

This is not a song I have ever liked.  In 1975 I was probably still in the thrall of the Osmond family and in particular Donny, I was not a fan of Pilot.  I cannot even remember anything else that they sang but this song gets stuck in my head in January.  So replacing it with  a better song was a must!

I struggle with January, it is the cold and grey month and the one where we most usually get snow.  It also seems a long month so it drags on and on.  So I could sit here feeling terribly sorry for myself, singing songs I do not like to myself, but instead I went for a wander around the garden and Ian Dury suddenly popped into my mind.  As I walked around I was finding lots of reasons to be cheerful; so I present to you:
New growth appearing from the papaver orientalis
The roses are showing signs of life
There is still some colour in the garden, this is Anisodentia 'El Royo', still flowering away
The winter honeysuckle has perfume as beautiful as its flower
Blue skies and lichen, (rule #32, Enjoy the little things)
Echniaecea seed heads
Buds on the Magnolia Stellata looking like little fluffy paws
The snow drops are on their way up
Catkins on the contorted hazel
The swelling buds on the Amalanchier
Sunlight shining through green new growth
Camellia buds
The new crop of Nigella seedlings
The papery seed heads of last year's Nigella
The skeletal remains of fennel
The seeds still waiting to fall
and the great beauty and fagility of winter flowering cherry blossom.  I cannot look at it and not smile.

and this is my 300th post 

Yes, there are reasons to be cheerful.


  1. Definitely reasons to be cheerful. I think January makes us work harder for the spurts of joy, but somehow that seems like a good way to prepare for the show-off that is Spring.

  2. Happy 300th post. I quite like the fact that at this time of year you notice the little things.

  3. Happy 300th post and yes still plenty of reasons to be cheerful :) at least today has been mostly sunny albeit cold.

  4. Have printed this off and stuck it above my desk, for when I start to moan about the cold and the damp and the fear I feel when my young daughters drive out on the frosty roads. I don't like winter either, but I arm myself with positive messages and pictures. Thanks Alison.

  5. Wow, there is so much going on in your garden! I can only see snow, and the odd frozen sprout in my garden. I am even getting cheerful just looking at your pictures. Well done! Congrats on the 300th post. Hope to read a lot more.


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