Solstice Blessings

We approach Christmas slowly in our house. The advent calendar comes out first, then the candles and the nativity sets, but we save the Christmas tree until Solstice so that its light can help us welcome the return of the Light. Happy Solstice! The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren…

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December Rose

We might only be a couple of weeks away from the winter solstice, but our mild weather is throwing up a few surprises… we found a wild rose still in bloom alongside the rose hips one would normally expect to see at this time of year. This week, this year, I willingly embrace beauty wherever it…

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Lamplight

It’s very dark when I walk to work in the evenings now, and I’m appreciative of the decorative lampposts in people’s gardens. They do more than light the way — they add an aesthetic and an atmosphere that hint of cosy kindness.

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Hello, December!

I am excited about the arrival of the Christmas season now that December is really here. For me, the Thanksgiving weekend always marks the beginning of decorations and Christmas carols, though nowadays we wait until Solstice to put up our Christmas tree so that its sparkly goodness can mark the return of the Light. Until…

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Goodbye November!

Dear November, it doesn’t feel like you stayed around very long. We packed so much into your days that they just flew past, and now we’re already waving goodbye. From the lovely weather we enjoyed in Switzerland when you first arrived, to the broody skies we saw in Northern Ireland last week, to the long cold…

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Praying for Rein, Deer

We couldn’t help the puns. They just kept coming as we marveled at this wild juxtaposition of seasonal imagery. In November, which some might say is way too early to start decorating for Christmas.

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The Reluctant Walker

Even after yesterday’s epiphany about the joys and benefits of walking in cold weather, I still had a hard time pushing myself out the door today. Any and every excuse seemed better than actually putting on my hat and gloves and setting out, so much so that it was already getting dark by the time…

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Winter’s Approach

A quick photo to show you that today’s walk was both cold and beautiful. I’ll post some Belfast stories tomorrow, but the carry-over into today was that I went out at all, into the cold. Yesterday’s hilly hike through the icy sleet reminded me that I am a strong walker and that I don’t need…

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Bare Branches

Our trees are losing their leaves, a sure sign that winter is on its way. Wind advisories have been issued for our area, so the remaining leaves will soon be flying. If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. – Kahlil Gibran

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Winding Up the Season

The sun finally made an appearance while I was out walking this morning– I’ve missed it this week. The Met Office is saying that we’ll be losing our mild temperatures tomorrow, and that the wind will probably leave most of our trees bare by the end of the weekend, so I made a point of enjoying…

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