Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter Solstice

When we went walking in the wood a few weeks ago a small branch of holly "fell" off a bush just as we walked by! How strange was that?
The holly is now indoors with bay and rosemary from the garden for the Winter Solstice and candles will be lit tonight for the first time.

 The older I get the more I look forward to this day when we know the days will slowly lengthen and spring will come around again, looking forward is the only thing to do.


I'd not come across this poem until recently, and now I can't remember where I found it.


The Shortest Day
by
Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.


Back Soon
Sue

PS The charity shop came up trumps with something to put the things I'm making for the hampers into. A Christmas tree shaped box and small gold filigree basket thingy with lid. Both on their Christmas table and reduced to half price. Excellent.

30 comments:

  1. That poem is perfect for today Sue - I shall read it at this afternoon's Poetry meeting.

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    1. Just perfect for everything going on around the world and for today. Hope no-one else has the same idea

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    1. wish I could remember where I came across it

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  3. What a lovely poem, I am longing for that day to come around.

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  4. Enjoyed the poem Sue and like yourself W S marks an upturn in my life the lengthening of daylight the following day by four seconds, is so welcome.

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    1. It's so gloomy here today that it seems almost impossible to believe that it will ever be bright and sunny again!

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  5. I love your "bringing the green indoors" idea. Very pretty

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    1. I'm no good at arranging so it's just shoved in a jug!

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  6. Love this poem; I think I'm going to borrow it. I normally bring greenery into the house around this time but not because of the Solstice but just because I love having real decorations in the house but leave it as late as possible so that holly and ivy last over the big day and a bit beyond. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and peaceful New Year.

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    1. Thank you and to you and your family too

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  7. Hello Sue!
    Thank you for the follow in G+. There will, hopefully in the New Year, actually be something to follow! I am easing myself into blogland gently. I am trying to get around a few blogs and yours is one that I have had a nosey at before. It is a lovely read and despite health related ups and downs you seem to have a very positive take on life.
    I have just read your post about the Solstice and I do not know why have never read or heard that poem before. It is absolutely lovely. One to remember for this time of year for sure. Thank you :)

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    1. It seems an age since I started the blog which was to have been all about our self-sufficient smallholding and earning a living from the holding. But you just never know what's around the corner.

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  8. Holly? I wish! Well the spiky leaves are present, but the rampant vandalism by the local blackbirds and woodpigeon on my tree has meant that yet again there is none left for wreath making purposes, or for feeding the redwing or fieldfare I'd love to see in the garden

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    1. The bit we collected has been in water in the garage ever since, I don't know what's left in the wild now but it's been so mild here that maybe the birds haven't taken it all yet

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  9. What a lovely poem thanks for sharing.
    I too look forward to the longer days of sunshine preferably.

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    1. Grotty weather forecast for next few days and no snow for Christmas and months until summer :-(

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  10. Holly! I am not jealous, I am not jealous. Did you spy any mistletoe that might fall on your head while on your travels? xx

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    1. So annoying - There is loads of Mistletoe in all the trees all round the hospital but too high to reach

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  11. Beautiful poem. I think I will step out tonight and light a candle on the back porch while looking out onto the snow covered garden. This has to be one of my favourite days of the Winter - I know that the days are going to start getting longer and Spring will return.

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    1. No sign of snow here for Christmas - sadly

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  12. I love the poem. This is exactly how I feel every year. Thank you so much for sharing it. Jane xx

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  13. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog. I do like your arrangement for the Winter Solstice - a lovely idea and the poem is beautiful :)

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  14. Perfect poem.

    Must light my Christmas candles tonight as well.

    God bless.

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  15. What a lovely, perfect poem for today. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  16. Lovely poem. Our youngest son was born on the 21st, so while we do have candles for winter solstice, they're birthday candles. :-) Hard to believe my "baby" is 24.

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  17. love that poem.
    the holly look so pretty. We have some growing in the front garden, but I don't bring it in. I don't even put it in my door wreath because it's so stabby!

    xx

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  18. We used to have mature Holly & Ivy in our Old house , I used to decorate the whole house with it , Might think about planting some next year, Its amazing what you can find in Charity shops , What you have found sounds better than anything new you can buy xxx

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  19. Hurray, Hurray, the shortest day ... has passed! Onwards towards spring, my favourite season!
    Love the holly - clever of it to fall, so conveniently for you, tee-hee!
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

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