Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas tree

Early yesterday morning when I was hanging out the washing before it was light, I noticed out little Christmas tree blown over... again. It has been so windy lately that this poor tree has spent most of its time horizontal. I stood it upright before I went to work.

In the afternoon I brought it inside and left it by the back door to dry a little. This is the fourth year we have brought it inside at Christmas and its beginning to look very straggly.

Today I moved it into the lounge and decorated it - it still looks a bit straggly but I've become quite fond or our "wonky" tree.

Today is the solstice, the darkest time, a pause between the shortening daylight and the lighter days to come. I have had candles burning most of the day, evergreens and light brought inside the house to remind us of the returning sunlight and longer days.

Happy Solstice for today

and lots of good wishes for a Happy Christmas.

Monday, 9 December 2013

quiet December

It is a quiet time of year here. The time between autumn and Christmas. Today I wrote my Christmas cards and raked up leaves in the garden so perhaps I have both autumn and Christmas.

Christmas is quiet also. We are a small family so very little shopping and present buying. We decorate the house very simply with holly and ivy and then the Christmas tree will be brought into the house on the weekend before Christmas. Sometimes I feel I miss out on the hustle and bustle of Christmas but on lovely quiet days like today, I'm glad we keep things simple.