back for a new year

Nothing says fresh start like a blanket of untrodden snow. It’s so rare for us to have a proper snowfall, and yet December brought two, each time transforming the local landscape into a Narnian wonderland. After two days of sledging, snowballs and angel-making with the children, on the third day they returned to school and

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natural midwinter

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night, the arrival of which heralds the gradual returning of the light. We shall be lighting candles in its honour, and bringing in greenery from the woods. There is something so very magical about these darkest days of the year. I try not to bemoan the gloomy skies

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the Winter Solstice

Today, in the early hours of the morning, came the winter solstice, marking the shortest day of the year, the ‘turning of the sun’. A day to burn lanterns and candles, to be grateful for the sun, its heat and light. The moment when the days begin to lengthen, leading us back towards summer once more. Time

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A Natural Midwinter

Whether you celebrate the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Yule, all three, or none of these at all, there is something so very magical about these darkest days of the year. I try not to bemoan the gloomy skies and lack of light, because I do so adore the early glow of the streetlights, the scent of woodsmoke

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