Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Shortest Day

No prizes for guessing what this day is, solstice, turnaround day. Now we look forward to the stretch in the evenings; glimmering slowly as they do, until around the end of January those stretches become more noticable.

Not that it's sunny today here in grey old Ireland: there's a woolly blanket of soft cloud pulled over us to keep us warm. A few glimmers of sunlight there at 2pm, but the cloud took over again. Still. I wouldn't say there was any bright light bouncing off the back wall at Newgrange, for the few lucky enough to fit in there and watch dawnrise.

I prefer to think of today as the day to look back at June 21st and try to remember what the weather was like, as well as the temperatures. And maybe even picture the flowers out in the garden in my minds eye. Won't be long, now...

And for some cheery moments, pop over to Minx and see her pics

5 comments:

Kay said...

Talking about grey days, we have had a week of grey- until today. It's been dismal and because we're in the middle of summer, we get the added bitterness of feeling cheated. Oh well, many a Christmas Day in Dunedin has been wet and drizzly, but it's always a great day with family, even if it's too cold to go to the beach.

Liz said...

Love the lengthening of the days...am usually in Ireland at the beginning of Feb. and I remember seeing the daffodils
beginning to raise their heads.

BarbaraS said...

My favourite bit, Liz: seeing the green buds poking out above the muck!

Kay, isn't it typical of the weather to play silly buggers for Christmas... hope you have a good one, with your family all about.

debi said...

Happy festival of light, m'dear. And lovely pix that I've just caught up with. xxx

Dick said...

Yes, good to feel that the slow climb back towards the light has now officially begun. I wish you the very best, Barbara, during it and beyond.