We usually celebrate summer solstice - the longest day - by being outside
for as much of it as possible. Enjoying the light and the air.
Winter Solstice is usually a more inward marking of the turning of the seasons.
Lights, fire, food, candles and chat.
Not this year.
We spent it outside - for the most part,
Enjoying the gentle light,
the freshness of the air.
We still ate warming foods - Yule cake and mince pies,
mugs of tea - sitting alongside our favourite canal.
Not that we could linger long - there was definitely a nip in the air!
As we walked, we watched the wintery sun slip behind
the dark clouds and leaf-free trees.
The paths we followed were muddy and wet,
as was the dog ....
Then, when we returned to the village where we'd parked,
their lights across the bridge were wonderful.
Simple and elegant.
A lovely end to a gentle day
Solstice blessings to you all - here is to the turning of the circle,
the changing of the seasons
and the return of the light xxxxxxxxx