The shortest day of the year today, and I've really enjoyed it. I cooked up a yummy batch of scotch pancakes for breakfast, and our morning unfolded gently and leisurely at home. After an early lunch we took a spur of the moment trip to Bolton Abbey to listen to the sound of rushing water and breathe in the fresh winter air. Woodland walking is really lovely in winter time I think. I took time to look up and down as I walked. Up through the wintry, twiggy canopy to the blue sky, and down to the beautifully vibrant mossy stones. So beautiful.
After our walk, we drove back to town via The Scenic Route up over the top of Barden moor. My my, the afternoon light was incredible today. And the clouds!!! WOW!! What weird and wonderful shapes the clouds were making! And the light, did I mention the incredible light on the hills? I absolutely love it when you get to actually see sun rays shafting down through the clouds (I photographed it in Autumn too, do you remember?) It seemed to me as if the sky was putting on a magical Winter Solstice show.
Before coming home, I stopped off at my friends front garden to gather some greenery. She seemed a little surprised when I turned up with secateurs, offering to "trim" her holly, ivy and other unknown red-berried bush for her.
I kept our Solstice celebrations simple this year :: a jug for the greenery to sit on the hearth, the fire burning brightly, and lots of candle light. A few secret wishes too. Tomorrow the day will be a little bit longer and the night will be a little bit shorter. Worth celebrating don't you think?
Ps. Thank you all SO much for your well wishes re Little Man and his wibbly legs. I'm really happy to announce that he's finally managed to shrug the germs off and is very much better. He's not quite 100% yet, but pretty close. Pheww.