Imbolc – midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Living here in this timeless landscape
I walk the ancient drovers road and feel close to the changing seasons and
The Turning Year.
To-day is the longest day.
We only had a short walk.
As we were celebrating P’s Birthday
Dobby, P, Snowdrop and I walked into Barmouth
And sat in a harbour cafe and drank hot chocolate ….
With marshmallows AND cream!
The promised snow did not arrive, and we had an altogether glorious day – which was nice as I went back to work (as a gardener).
This is the first dandelion that I have spotted in the garden – last year I noticed them for GBBD, 15th March.
Visited my neighbors land to-day to get some of these beautiful branches.
(Thank you Sandra)
Here is some folk lore about how the pussy willow got its name
Tomorrow is Candlemas Day, also known as Imbolc, Oimelc or St. Brigid’s Day.
It is cross quarter day. Half way between the shortest day;- the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
Imbolc is a festival of light, which celebrates the growing power of the sun, and the awakening of the land.
And so the Year Turns
I took this picture on the 20th January 2008 – but I have no sign of snowdrops in the garden today.
Does anyone have snowdrops in their garden?
Sunshine and showers, and the days are getting a little bit longer, what a joy.
Oh Yes … I am afraid it is!
We have really had the most wonderful weather for the past three weeks. Although cold – it has certainly been down to -5 c a couple of time during the night. The days have been glorious. Clear sky, sunshine during the day, no wind and no rain.
It has certainly made up for the dire summer – which I really hope will not be repeated this year.