2019 review – Winter Solstice Reflections
Tomorrow (Sunday) is the shortest day. At 04:19 tomorrow morning, the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.4 degrees which means it is when the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the Sun, and so we have the fewest hours of sunlight of the year.
I miss the sun and the light. I’m … Read more
Thank You Winter
Thank you winter
For glowing fire and wood-smoke,
For bonfires spiraling into the early fall of dusk,
For early nights with hot water-bottles wrapped up tight,
For long hot baths, scented lavender,
For time to read, to play cards, to find myself beaten at Scrabble.
Thank you for hot drinks, warming food, clothes which drape … Read more
Happy Mid Winter Solstice
The night of the 20th-21st December was the longest night of 2017. In the middle of winter, the solstice was traditionally celebrated as the time of honouring the coming of the sun.
In the depth of the dark, we remember the coming of the light.
This is my magnolia tree.
Most of it’s leaves have … Read more
This morning I was woken by the blackbird rather than the alarm; how different it feels to wake up with nature and when my body is ready to rather than the usual forcing of wakefulness in line with the social norms that demand we be in work.
I heard someone on the radio the other … Read more
Autumn Pruning and hibernation
Autumn feels like it’s well and truly here. I’m walking the dogs in the dark in the morning and a couple of times there has been frost glistening on the roof tops as I wander past.
The clocks have gone back and we are at that time of year where it is very possible that we don’t get to see the outside in daylight.
I hate it.
I’ve never been diagnosed but over the years I’m pretty sure that I suffer from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is when our … Read more