The New Year started with a beautifully bright and frosty morning. The kind of morning that makes you think that Spring is just that little bit closer. Although the Winter still holds us firmly in its grip it is important to acknowledge how it has the magnificent ability to clean and clear the landscape, helping to recycle unwanted leftovers and complete life cycles, in readiness for the coming seasons and new beginnings. In that respect it has an essential role that we cannot ignore or disqualify. In a similar and equally necessary way closing in the old year and looking forward to the next is exactly what I am doing at present.
I try to avoid making New Year's resolutions as most often such resolutions are unrealistic, unachievable, or as we most often encounter, purely built by tradition rather than genuine motivation. I do know, however, that this year is set to bring many positive and exciting changes to Ryan's Garden. Some are already underway. The blog started off spontaneously with no real forethought and since that day I have come to like it just a little bit too much. Now I feel the need to dedicate more time and effort to it. Of course certain features will remain the same. There will be regular competitions, strange ramblings and my usual observations of news, garden shows and anything remotely plant related. Rest assured there will also be many new additions and changes. First on my list is to focus on better photography. Up until now I have used my mobile 'phone which has been great but is now surplus to requirements. This is going to be a learning process as I get to grips with my new camera, however, it is something I'm quite looking forward to. Secondly, I will attempt to be more organised with posting and scheduling articles. Working to self imposed deadlines can't be an impossible task I'm sure. Thirdly, I have a few technical wizards who have kindly offered their services to help with the layout and optimization of the blog to whom I am eternally grateful. And finally, I will be broadening my horizons by writing for other bloggers and publications. If you are interested in providing a guest blog or feature here at Ryan's Garden do feel free to get in touch with me.
So here's to 2010. Let's make it a good one!
*The main photograph is of a frost covered Quercus rubra leaf. Feel free to correct me on that one.