Without much time to write in the run-up to family Christmas, I still wanted to share with you some of the sights that are giving me pleasure this week. I hope you enjoy them too.
Morning sun on the Solstice, about 9.20 a.m. The temperature had risen to minus nine.
A wreath of Douglas fir, mossy twigs and pheasant feathers found in the woods.
Sol Invictus: Solstice sun rising through the firs, golden on silver.
Reindeer 1. A favourite ornament on the little tree decorated by the children: a felted wool reindeer on a leather string, from the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum, Denmark.
The best method of transport at the moment.
Reindeer 2. A family of reindeer on the piano, made from reclaimed wood.
Looking past a snow-covered ash tree to the black and white woods. Crows sit in the topmost branches, arguing in the freezing air.
Reindeer 3. The real thing: some of the Cairngorm reindeer who brought Father Christmas on his sleigh to our village the other day.
Guess whose library these books are from? This and the next photo are the front and back of one of the best Christmas cards I’ve ever seen, sold on behalf of the cervical cancer charity Jo’s Trust. My links have not been working properly recently, I’m afraid, but you can find out more at http://www.jotrust.co.uk.
Wishing you a merry Christmas!