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It’s that time of year…..

By Patrick Van Roy On January 10th, 2021

Just the ramblings of an old soul.

This time of year is hard for me. The seasons effect me as they do us all, and as I’ve grown older that effect is only enhanced.

The new year begins, the insanity of the holidays are done, the aftermath cleaned up and the air is very lite and cold. We get very little snow in my state, yes the occasional monster will drop snow on us, but for the most part it rains in Pennsylvania year round with a 3 to 5 month bloc of the year where it will raise above freezing to rain just to drop back below freezing after it’s done.

With my body this is hell, but I would be hard pressed to ever leave my country, and Pennsylvania is my home country, so I deal with the weather. From now until March I will pace in my tin box waiting for the cage door to open and I can pass through it and get to the water with a rod in hand. My true church, alone at night at a pond or lake, rod in hand I talk to god as I stand alone in his creation. This is my routine 1 night a week when the temp is between 45-55f, then twice a week as it gets warmer, by the time summer is kicking it’s almost every night. Then as the temp cools it goes in reverse.

But now the cage is locked and the cold holds me in it’s teeth gnashing at my body and my spirit is locked in this box.

Soon though the seasons like time and tides keep their own schedule and inevitably flow along their paths regardless of the will or wants of man. So I partake in the beauty of the cycle…. and appreciate the fact that there is a time and a season for all things…. this time of year is just one.

47 Responses to “It’s that time of year…..”

  1. Nice reflective piece –
    Never fished myself, sometimes a fisher of men though
    ” I talk to god as I stand alone in his creation”
    ooh do you ever get a reply ? psst! What’s He saying t’ya ?

  2. The biggest fear I’d have with fishing is that I might catch something. What would you do with it?

    Actually went fishing once with fishing types, not that you’d call it fishing. It was off a cliff and you’d put the (nearly said rod) line into the water and it would come out with 3 or 4 mackerel at a time. Was literally like shooting fish in a barrel. And my god if you touched them the scales stuck to everything.

    We might all be only a few generations from working the land, the closest I’m happy to get to suppling my family with food is calling Just Eat.

  3. Alone at night….rod in hand….

    I know how you feel Patrick 😁

  4. The biggest fear I’d have with fishing is that I might catch something. What would you do with it?

    Throw it back…. we call it catch and release.

  5. lol…. different ROD Colm….

  6. Aye Patrick, but it begs the question, do you need a big rod to catch the tastiest fish ? 😉

  7. it’s not the size of the rod it’s the magic of the person holding it…..

  8. That’s a relief for me then 😉

  9. Patrick

    I know what you mean. I always used to say that January is a month of Mondays, but this year it’s even worse with pandemic lockdown and a heavy daily death toll and worse still to come.

    But cheer up, the days have been getting longer for nearly three weeks now. There will be frogspawn in our pond in about eight weeks and I will be sowing the tomato seeds at the end of this month. And the vaccines have arrived.

  10. it’s coming Peter,,,, the one thing I really miss is a good garden,,,, next house it’s a priority

  11. We have a small garden, but there’s room for the pond and the greenhouse / man-cave and a few trees. The bird feeders attract a lot of species, partly because we’re beside a country park. At night we get badgers and foxes. I have a wildlife auto-camera and when I set it there’s usually plenty of action to look at the next day.

  12. I have never lived in a home with a garden. Would love to one day. This has been a horrible week. Back in full lockdown. Required to work from home all the time, living in a flat on my own, is dull dull dull. I know others are worse off than me, I am still working but I can’t wait for things to get better.

  13. I have never understood how you guys can live so crowded together

    It would drive me mad to live like that

  14. I have a large garden, and at the beginning I thought it was great but very soon it became one major pain in the ass.

    It’s maybe ok if you have pets or young children in the house. But for the past year I think I’ve been in the garden no more than 7 or 8 times and each time was to do some chore.

    I also tried a bit of gardening once. But again it’s time consuming, frustrating and in the end not worth the effort or time. Maybe it’d be ok if you get the hang of it and can use your imagination and skills to do something new with it, but I’ve none of these and you spend hours on the net or reading books just to get the spuds or tomatoes right, everyone gives you a different opinion, and more things always go wrong than go right.

    You can nip down to a store and buy for a few Euros the same amount of produce you’d get out of the garden after weeks of work. All my siblings reacted the same way. Strange, perhaps, as my father was an expert gardener.

    One unexpected success was growing a vine and getting really sweet grapes from it. And one exception to the dreariness of a garden is sawing and splitting and stacking firewood, which I really like.
    I must admit I often imagine some ATW heads under the sledgehammer, axe or chainsaw 🙂

  15. You can nip down to a store and buy for a few Euros the same amount of produce you’d get out of the garden after weeks of work.

    Noel

    I sow the seeds in late January and we are eating our own tomatoes from July to December. Without boasting I can say that there is no comparison in taste between the tomatoes that I grow and the ones we have to buy during the winter and spring.

  16. What type do you sow, Peter? Maybe I’ll give it a go again this year, if you say late January.
    Do you grow them in boxes or under glass? I believe you about the taste, but I’d say tomatoes need really a lot of looking after in the clime of NI.

  17. Noel

    Ailsa Craigs. They are easy to grow and have great taste. You will need a greenhouse or similar. I sow the seeds in an incubator in the house and move the seedlings into the greenhouse in March and grow them in large pots using tomato compost with 3-4 plants per pot. From May-August they need to be watered almost every day so you will need to get the help of a neighbour if you are away.

  18. Sounds good. OK, I’m going to sow them at the end of the month and see how it goes. I’ve noted your instructions for the time being 🙂

    How many seedlings do you plant approx.? Do you keep the plants in the greenhouse all summer?

  19. I usually have about 6-8 pots, say 20 or so plants. The crop will depend partly on the weather – dry summers are obviously better than wet ones but the key variable is the spring and how many bees and insects are around to do the pollinating.

    In our climate they have to be under glass but in warmer climes I think they can survive and prosper outdoors. Am I right that you are in Slovenia?

  20. Nice post, Patrick. Happy New Year to you. You have captured very well here how this time of year can be a drag. Lockdown obviously only makes this more so. Like Colm and others we are now in the highest level of restrictions so there is literally nothing to do other than go for walks, cycle, garden etc. And Irish weather sometimes rules out even these things.

    You can nip down to a store and buy for a few Euros the same amount of produce you’d get out of the garden after weeks of work. All my siblings reacted the same way. Strange, perhaps, as my father was an expert gardener.

    Would have to agree with Peter on this. Besides the better taste, there’s such a buzz from eating anything you have grown yourself. That said, gardening isn’t for everyone.

  21. //You have captured very well here how this time of year can be a drag. //

    Well, a jaunt down to DC to attend a Stop the Steal rally can really liven things up.

  22. Friends grow tomatoes in home gardens, and yes, they are dramatically superior in taste to the average one purchased in a store.

    The average tomato in a US market has almost no taste at all.

  23. there’s such a buzz from eating anything you have grown yourself.

    My only chance of doing that is by consuming the ‘extra bits’ that form on things I have left in the fridge for too long 🙂

  24. Well, a jaunt down to DC to attend a Stop the Steal rally can really liven things up.

    I hadn’t realised Troll attended. Apart from the fact that there was no ‘steal’, I’d be against a political rally during Covid.

    We had the bizarre spectacle here of people clutching their pearls when the far-right held anti-lockdown rallies, and then a few weeks later the same pearl clutchers attending BLM rallies in solidarity with George Floyd!!

  25. I have friends who grow plants that will really give you a buzz

  26. Petr

    There was a (failed) attempt to steal the election. It reached its pinnacle last Wednesday and has rightfully been flattened.

  27. Indeed Phantom, I also have friends

  28. Petr, unlike most I took precautions. I wore both mask and gloves, and I avoided the crowd…

    This was only the 2nd Rally I attended. The last one I was in reserved seating social distanced and in my mask.

  29. No Colm the theft of the election was successful, Biden’s President.

  30. Phantom

    Friends grow tomatoes in home gardens, and yes, they are dramatically superior in taste to the average one purchased in a store.

    Before my conservatory became a carpentry workshop, I used to grow all kinds of fruit and veg in there. My tomatoes were spectacular!

  31. Patrick

    Its time you stopped flocking that ‘Trump won’ horse Patrick. It is dead and buried, six feet under encased in concrete. It ain’t gonna breath again no matter how much you keep prodding at it 🙂

  32. You should listen to Colm, Patrick.

  33. Good advice Petr. Nobody ever went wrong listening to the wise words of Colm 🙂

  34. Colm.
    What’s going on mate? How could you resist this:

    My tomatoes were spectacular!

  35. Colm 5 States violated the Constitution, the election was stolen. That is now history and will forever be the first paragraph on the Biden Presidency in the historical record.

  36. Dave

    Yes, How did I let your spectacular Tomatoes slip by my smutty mind. I must be coming down with something..(no not that). 🙂

  37. Patrick

    I thought the other day you agreed the number of States ‘violating the Constitution’ was now 7… ?

  38. You’ve got the hoax disease

  39. That is now history and will forever be the first paragraph on the Biden Presidency in the historical record.

    No historian will record it thus.

  40. No historian will record it thus.

    The Donald J Trump Presidential Library of Historic TRUE FACTS will 🙂

  41. Yes, the renowned historians Sean Hannity and Alex Jones will write a scholarly opus on how Trump actually won by a very stable landslide.

  42. Can you imagine what a joke a ” Trump library ” will be

    The shelves will have few ghostwritten Trump books, and a how to lose weight self help paperback.

    Staff it with former tenured professors from Trump University.

  43. Alex Jones claims that Trump wanted him to lead the march on the Capitol.

    If that had actually happened, this could have been even worse.

  44. Jones is in fact too smart to put himself in harm’s way like that. That’s the job of useful idiots. Jones has supplements to sell.

  45. The Trump Library will only have ‘The Art Of The Deal’ and everyone who enters the building will have to purchase 50 copies each. Trump ain’t gonna miss out on an opportunity to fleece his fans 🙂

  46. Petr

    Correct.

    And you notice that Field Marshall Donald Trump, conqueror of North Vietnam, said that he would lead them to the Capitol but did no such thing. He watched it on TV.

  47. the Biden Library will be built in Beijing

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