Anyone who grows things for a living will soon discover there are yearly cycles to follow and work with. This is quite comforting because you just have to go with it...one less thing to agonise over as a self employed sole trader! For me, January is the one month that I could potentially take off to the Bahamas and the business would be okay. I haven't done this yet but it's an option! January is too early to sow seeds unless you have heat lamps, and often it's too wet outside to do anything on the land. I have been sleeping in a bit and tackling some indoor projects that needed doing and I've really enjoyed the break from outdoor work.
But now it's February. We have had a couple of bright clear days and I have really relished being outside again and feeling that slight ache after repeated bending over. Today I was digging out dock roots in my new polytunnel. The ground was covered for the last couple of months and the grass has more or less died out, but docks could probably survive nuclear fallout and thus need to be dug up. It's work I enjoy - levering the fork under those deep roots, developing a technique for something apparently simple but still there are ways to do it to save your back and save breaking the root. If you leave part of the root in the ground it will regrow so deep digging is important!
Pretty soon I will have to change up a gear again and think about things like marketing and seed sowing but for now I'm enjoying the last week or two of these quiet days.