winter ice storm -- midwest
I am certainly ready for some longer daylight! Although the old adage goes, "When the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen." Hope you are well and enjoying yourself!
Florence -- I am unfamiliar with your quote about the cold beginning to strengthen. But when I lived in Michigan -- Jan and Feb were our coldest months with tons of snow. Not so in Oregon unless you lived high in the mountains. Happy holidays to you and your family, thanks for the comment -- barbara
Newgrange is quite the mystic place, I've heard. Ireland goes well with your new header of a fairy road.
My header was taken along a woodland pathway. I looked up your use of fairy road and figured a fairy path was similar and yes the folklore associated with it is Irish. I learn so much from comments like you and others. thanks -- barbara
The solstice is such a day of transition. Cold weather is no doubt on its way.
Michelle -- I'm ready to welcome the light back again aren't you. Just around the corner and you'll be planting in your garden again! thanks -- barbara
I much prefer daylight and warmer temps. These concrete buildings feel so cold even if the weather is a balmy 17 C outside. Lovely music. A friend visited Ireland summer ago and really loved it. Best wishes, Tammy
Tammy -- I take it that you live in one of those concrete buildings? Perhaps there is a plus to the concrete as I imagine it keeps the interior of your place cool when the temps are hot? I think a trip to Ireland would be great. I do love their old traditional songs. -- barbaara
I had heard of Newgrange but it's meaning and reality didn't quite penetrate. I'm glad to know about it and add it to my list of ancient sites that are very meaningful. There are so many. And we tend to forget that 4,000 years is a short time in terms of human life on this planet, civilization is fairly new and we are not so far removed from the people who built New Grange. For some reason I find that satisfying.I'm also glad to have heard the adage "when the days length, the cold strenthens." It's true where I live. So far we've had no snow and the cold has not been intense ... I don't doubt cold and snow will both come as the days lengthen.
June -- Yes, I sometimes think about the ancients as they relate to our culture today. Or even those of my recent ancestors. We go about our days -- day after day -- sometimes not giving thought to the short time we will have here. I periodically stop and think -- "calm down -- slow down- and quiet one's fears." I have read many studies on aborigines and how they live/lived -- what a difference from our Western society. I hope that many of us in the new year can be surrounded in peace. I'll keep my fingers crossed. thanks -- barbara
Very beautiful indeed, Barbara, Happy Solstice.
Carole Anne -- Happy Solstice back to you. Have a peaceful holiday. -- barbara
That UTube video was lovely. Nice birthday present to me as I was born on the solstice.
Happy Birthday Ms Solstice -- that surely was a mythical day on which to be born! Have a good holiday -- barbara
Thanks Barbara, what a lovely gift for Solstice, your sharing that video. I've looked at Newgrange sites before, but this must be newer than the last time I did a search. May the new turning of the year bring you many blessings, as more light returns.
Barbara -- I'm ready for the light to return with the sun and also for our thoughts. Hopefully the world will be a better place to live in 2015. I too loved the video -- I got it off a site that was featuring the ancient Newgrange structure. Thanks for your kind words for the new year. barbara
Merry Christmas, Barbara!
Happy holidays to you and the best in 2015 -- barbara
I have been at Newgrange, thought not at Winter Solstice. They showed "an animation" of how it would look at that day, though.Seasons Greetings to You!
visualnorway -- what an intriguing place for you to visit. I imagine you took lots of shots of the ancient place especially the stone work and Gaelic triple spirals. The New Year is right around the corner -- may it be a good one -- barbara
Indeed. As each day becomes a little bit longer it signals hope here in the North Country. Ok I admit it we're abandoning Bluff Country for five weeks but spring will be on my mind when we return. Happy holidays, Barbara. Did I ever mention Mrs. T. is also a Barbara....:)
troutbirder -- Say hello to Barbara for me. Wonderful that you can escape the usually harsh part of winter -- can certainly understand. Nice that you are bringing Lily along to get a whiff of that southern air. -- barbara
I haven't been able to get the video yet, but I am glad that more & more people are sharing the spirit of the Winter Solstice time...
Rita -- I watched a silly but fun Jane Fonda movie recently where she played an old hippie. In one scene she has all her hippie woman friends dancing and howling to a solstice moon. If you get a chance to watch it -- it is a light, fun movie. I saw it on Netflix or Amazon movies. Winter Solstice is my special holiday.Thanks for sharing your artistic life online with me and others -- barbara
How very true, Barbara, in my long life there have been so many changes, and of course I draw upon them for my writing. Yes, maybe there is a book about this, but each book comes obviously from the individual writer and no two can everr be the same, so well worth undertaking.