The Changing Seasons, January 2023

Reflecting on the month past

Shortly after Christmas, many shops did a Hey!Presto and changed up their decorations.

We caught this crane early on Jan 1 putting up lanterns to join the Christmas stars at Dempsey Hill.

Other places managed a single set of decorations which were transformed from Christmas to Chinese New Year (and looks like possibly Valentine’s Day as well) with minimal changes.

Although January is a typically wet month, it feels like it has been raining more and temps are way cooler than one would expect. We grabbed every opportunity to enjoy nature in between showers, that is, until I walked into the bed and fractured my foot last week.

Singapore Art Week afforded indulgent art viewing at several venues. One of my favourite artist discoveries is Bettina Schleier. I love that she uses fabric, beads and yarn to create large pieces of work which fascinate from far, inviting one to study closer.

Some new things attempted in the kitchen this month include a Cranberry Cake (with pink cranberry frosting), cold soba noodles with spicy peanut sauce, miso maple cake, lime (as opposed to the usual lemon) drizzle cupcakes, fan tuan (Taiwanese glutinous rice roll with yutiao inside)

How was your first month of 2023?

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently, though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project β€” such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number β€” just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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  1. Hi Ju-lyn. WEll I guess you cant say you walked gracefully into the New Year with a fractured foot in the way. Thank goodness you can still cook for us. The cranberry cake looks delicious. I loved the delicate nature of the leaf growing from the dead leaf cover. I hope you heal quickly. Lots to do…..


    1. 🫣 I don’t think graceful is a word I would use for myself in any circumstance!πŸ˜†

      So glad you delighted in the leaf peeping out from plant litter – I was rather taken by it!

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  2. Hi Ju-Lyn, those artworks look great and very intricate work. The cooking you’ve done also made me hungry! Hope your foot is Ok and you can resume your outdoor activities, what a lovely place you live in!


  3. It hasn’t been a big photo month here. Not only is it a kind of dull time of year, but most of my activity has been (sound familiar?) visiting doctors. I think, I hope, it’s getting better … but I need to wait and see how it goes. Post will be up right after midnight our time.

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    1. Some months are just like that. Appreciate your presence in plenty as well as little. I hear you about too much time in healthcare matters – it really is not my favourite way to spend time, but I guess it has to be done.


  4. “walked into the bed and fractured my foot last week.”??!!! Did I miss an earlier post, or did you try to just sneak this in here? This is awful! Ju-Lyn! My goodness. You’ve had so much to deal with with injuries that have kept you from running. How are you holding up? That sounds painful and difficult and frustrating.

    Also, agree about that artist, and super yum on the food. But care about you more!


    1. No no, you didn’t miss a post πŸ˜†
      I’m afraid this walking into things business happens all too often, and it’s certainly not anything as painful or persevering as your injury! Cheering you on as you continue to recover.

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  5. Very professional homemade food, yum. I too admire those who work with textiles it is an underrated skill though having said that embroidery is making a comeback with a modern twist. A family member does incredible flower/nature embroidery very funky.


    1. Not too long – I don’t think my injury is anything close to what you had to endure last (?) year. I had a good week of rest – might try to head out to the gardens later this week.

      We are very fortunate to have better access to art these days. And yes, I love it when art pieces appear right on our streets!


    1. Appreciate your very kind words & well-wishes. Much better now. Just preparing for the opportunity to head out again! Thank you for sharing in The Changing Seasons!


    1. I’m afraid so, Tracy. But I am trying to walk in as normal a gait as possible (which means SLOWLY!) so that I don’t injure any other part of my anatomy πŸ˜†

      Appreciate very much your well-wishes!

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    1. Beijing must have been such fun to experience Chinese New Year!
      Catching the change in action is not often spotted – these tireless folks seem to work when we are still all asleep … it was very serendipitous that we managed this encounter!

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