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.
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.
“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!
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.
High Tide on a beautiful December afternoon.
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.