Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A day late



It was the winter solstice yesterday and I missed it. Yay! That means I didn't even notice the shortest day and from now on things can only get better. Well, the days will get lighter, anyway.

It's always a relief to me when we've passed the darkest day, although at least winter doesn't mean I'm cold for months on end these days like it did when I was growing up. We didn't have central heating or double glazing and although Jack Frost patterns on the window are pretty I'm much happier not having them.



Happy Holidays everyone!

19 COMMENTS:

Bernita said...

Tell me, did you scrape the frost off with your fingers and eat it and melt your name in the frost fronds?
I did.

Bevie said...

We did that, too. Until the ice got too thick. (No heat at all upstairs.)

You could also put the side of your hand against the glass and melt the frost/ice. Then you used your thumb/finger to make toes. We would make elf tracks across the windows for Christmas.

Love this picture.

fairyhedgehog said...

Bernita, I'd forgotten about eating it!

Bevie, elf tracks sounds fun. That wasn't one we ever did.

Robin S. said...

Beautiful frost picture! I'd forgotten about frost on windows. Makes me wonder what else I've forgotten.

Anyway, I'd also forgotten (apparently this is a theme now with me) about winter solstice happening- and I'm so glad it's over, even though I forgot about it. Now incrementally longer days, even though still cold, hold out hope for warmth and flowers and being outside without looking like some kind of trumped up puffy blanket chick. Come on, spring!

Scarlet Blue said...

Happy Christmas!
And thank you for your kindness this year, it was much appreciated.
Sx

fairyhedgehog said...

Robin, that's how I feel. Once the darkest day is over we can start looking forward to warmth and light again.

Scarlet, Thank you for your good wishes and your kind words.

Whirlochre said...

I licked once and got stuck till my Mum came home.

And the winter solstice is such a cheery moment, isn't it?

Sarah Laurenson said...

Love the frost picture. We don't get that here in L.A. We hardly ever get below freezing. I do remember snow from way back when I lived in NJ. Sort of glad I don't live there now given the kind of snow they just got.

fairyhedgehog said...

Whirl, why am I not surprised? ;)

Sarah, it is a pretty picture. Luckily, it's not mine! We've had snow and ice here and it's not much fun.

maybe genius said...

We get ice like mad here in the Midwest, but I've never seen ice patterns that pretty. Of course that could be because I'm grumbling and chipping the ice off the windshield of my car rather than looking at it :)

Huzzah for gradually longer days!

fairyhedgehog said...

Hi maybe genius! We had patterns like this on our windows when I was growing up - on the inside. Very pretty, but freezing cold!

writtenwyrdd said...

We have frost on our windows but it doesn't look pretty. Just white and blocks my view! But as a kid in Salt Lake City, those old single paned windows got pretty frost patterns on them.

fairyhedgehog said...

We've got frost on the outside of our conservatory and like you say: it's just white and blocks the view.

stacy said...

I missed all the festivities of winter solstice this year.

That picture of the frost is gorgeous.

fairyhedgehog said...

Hi stacy, We don't usually have solstice festivities, although I believe that Richard who comments in here does. I just like knowing that the darkness is growing less.

Happy Christmas!

Richard N said...

Our solstice festivities are pretty low-key, as indeed are all of our others.

We just do what's instinctive - make sure there's a good stock of comfort-food in, spend more time in bed, and get up with a big grin knowing the worst is over...

Sometimes, we grin again at the thought of some of the silly buggers out in the cold, freezing their balls off to see the sunrise which will happen just the same whether or not anybody is looking!

I suppose if druids and wiccans are the catholics of the pagan world, we're the quakers. :-)

fairyhedgehog said...

Richard, that sounds so good: comfort food and bed! an excellent combination. A brilliant alternative to being a "catholic pagan"!

Polenth said...

Happy holidays! I like ice, as long as I don't have to walk on it.

fairyhedgehog said...

Polenth, thanks and happy holidays to you too!

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