Winter Solstice

 
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Happy Solstice friends!  Whether you are celebrating the return of light like we are, or the tilt toward dark, may this time be filled with love and contentment. 

There are many wonderful things happening behind the scenes here in my world.  Soon I will be talking all about our new water tanks, but there are other projects that will be revealed as the coming months unfold.  For right now though, I am loving settling quietly into the rhythm of winter.  My days are still full but there is now a gentleness about them, that stillness one longs for after the almost frantic energy of the warmer months. 

Do you ever spend a moment wandering around your home or garden with a camera in hand, just taking pictures of the corners you love?  I do.  All the time!  It's actually one of the things that calms me.  You know, in those moments when the little people in your life are pushing and sucking you until you're teetering on the brink (insert the wide-eyed emoji here).  I have never used the 'time-out' technique with my children, but I have sure used it on myself ;)  Sometimes I perch on the stool inside our pantry - door closed - with my secret chocolate stash (yes, I really do), but more often I grab my camera and head outside.  It is those times where I really pause and take note of the many special things in which I am surrounded, especially if the afternoon light is catching them just so

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Do you like our new birdbath?  I just unloaded it from the car a few minutes before this photo so it hadn't yet had the chance to settle in, much less fill with water.  It's a belated 40th birthday gift from my Mum.  I have wanted one for so long and I absolutely LOVE it!!! 

Do you like our new birdbath?  I just unloaded it from the car a few minutes before this photo so it hadn't yet had the chance to settle in, much less fill with water.  It's a belated 40th birthday gift from my Mum.  I have wanted one for so long and I absolutely LOVE it!!! 

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Over the past week we have enjoyed the very best winter has to offer.  There has been spectacular sunny (almost warm) days when the late afternoon sun bathes my garden in the most delicious golden glow.  Matched with the cold, dark wet days Mother Nature has chosen to deliver us right now.  Perfect Winter Solstice weather in my opinion. 

The kids are both at school today and I have plans away from the computer, but the fire is going and later the three of us will gather again for a little Solstice ritual of our own.  Solstice Soup, hot apple crumble, a little Norfolk Punch (I may add a wee nip of something extra into mine), candles, sage and ceremony. 

Wishing you all much joy in your Solstice celebrations.

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