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Posts tagged “turning year

Imbolc

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.


Autumn Equinox – Summer is now over

equinox


Weekend Walk on the longest day

crab

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!

🙂


First Dandelion

dandylion

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.


Pussy Willow – simply beautiful

pusseywillow

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


Candlemas Eve

imbolc

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


Tax Return 3 – Garden 0

tax-return

SIGH



Snowdrops – Anyone?

snowdrop

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?


Silhouette

silverbirch

Sunshine and showers, and the days are getting a little bit longer, what a joy.


Oh No! Not another lovely sunset ….

birds-and-sunset

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.


New Year

bare-trees

Another New Year! While the new year may be exciting and full of potential – it is not a time of year that I am particularly fond of … but as I get older – I am learning to appreciate it.


Bah, humbug!

beths-angel

“An Angel for Beth”

Embroidery and mixed media, (detail)

This year I am NOT full of Christmas cheer and spirit. To-day I bought and wrote my Christmas cards – and as I was writing them – I thought the designs I had chosen were rubbish. (We don’t have many shopping choices locally).

Why did I not think about Christmas a month ago – and make my own cards from one of my designs – I say it every year and never give myself enough time ….. bah humbug!


Bundles of Joy

bulbs

Clearing up to-day, and I found some bulbs that I had forgotten to plant last month.  As to-day was lovely, I popped them into the flower bed.

The large one is Allium – Mount Everest, and the smaller ones are Nectaroscordum (Siculum Honey Lily).

It is very difficult to photograph your own hands holding bulbs, when you have short arms.


December afternoon walk

wave

High Tide on a beautiful December afternoon.


November Sky

november-walk

I cannot believe that it will be December to-morrow.  A glorious day today – just perfect for a walk along the beach.  I am amazed that no one else was there, but not complaining.