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Solstice, Sugar Tongs and Stained Glass

This beautiful piece was made by Natalia Manley and was on exhibition in São Paulo Brazil 2016. Isn’t it remarkable and just perfect for today, Winter Solstice, as the shortest day passes and the days begin to lengthen. Happy days!

Rising Sun by Natalia Manley

Rising Sun by Natalia Manley

We were in Truro today and had lunch in Charlotte’s Tea Rooms where the cut glass sugar bowl had its own built-in sugar tongs.

Sugar bowl

Sugar bowl

As we were leaving, I noticed this stained glass window for the first time.

Window near Charlotte's Tea Room

Window near Charlotte’s Tea Room

I have just realised what a gloriously golden post this is! Serendipity in honour of the return of the Sun!

Happy Solstice to all my Readers.



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Peace, Robert Frost Poem and Winter Solstice

1   This delightful card arrived this morning from my cousin, S. It was designed by a primary school child and spreads the message beautifully.  I wish you all and all your loved ones a happy, peaceful and love-filled festive season and New Year.

Peace card desigend by a child

Peace card designed by a child

2   One of my favourite poets, Robert Frost, wrote this poem, ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’.  Until today, I had always thought he must have written it on 21st December, the darkest day of the year. Here, you can hear the poet reading his own poem and hear the story of how he was inspired to write it one mid-summer day!

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

3   Today we have celebrated the Winter Solstice. From tomorrow the days will start getting longer. I took a photo at dawn and another at sunset to mark the day and we went to our friends’ new woodland where they are creating a stone circle to start a new tradition. G had placed the first stone at sunrise and he and the lovely Mr S set the sunset stone in place and we all sang ‘May this stone be filled with love and harmony’, new words to this song with which we started our concert in Truro Cathedral last week.  Click on any image for a bigger picture.

and just come in from a young friend, Natalie – “Tonight’s triple whammy! At the exact time as winter solstice, the #iss passes over the UK while the astronauts do a space walk!”  Brilliant! Thanks, Natalie.


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Hand-made Card, More Decorations and Hyacinths

1   A very quiet pottery kind of day putting up a few more cards. This delightful one which arrived today has been made by the young son of a very special friend.

Beautiful hand-made card

Beautiful hand-made card

2   I love these very colourful decorations that should be safe from toddler hands as the fireguard will be up. (No fire will be lit!)

Colourful cane decorations

Colourful cane decorations

3   Three of the hyacinths that I brought out of the dark on 3rd December are already in flower!  They smell so lovely. Click on the red link if you missed that post.

Hyacinths beginning to flower already

Hyacinths beginning to flower already

Happy Winter Solstice Day to you all. The days get longer from tomorrow; the sun is coming back!


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