26 December 2012

December Reflections

December traditions continue as
the Queen gave her annual Christmas broadcast yesterday
( for the first time, in 3D)

Today is Boxing Day,
much like Black Friday in the US

Fragrant and winter flowering
Viburnum x bodnantense

Winter has its trademark stamp of
soft grey, mauve, peach skies
bare trees revealing their true structure

And yet
green, green grass
velvety moss
and winter blooming viburnums
prove this island is very much alive

Weekday family time is mostly cloaked in darkness,
as the sun sets as early as 3:55p

Evening train commuters look like fireflies
with their torches/flashlights leading the way home
as our village has few streetlights

The rain does have a cozy comfort to it
The surrender
to a cozy blanket, warm fire, hot tea, and a good read

I love that I'm not cold to the bone as I found myself in the snowy US

Absent for months,
this week I just start to hear
the welcome sounds of a squeaky bicycle pump -
the classic bird call of the tit/chickadee
announcing that Spring is coming :)

The English sights, sounds, and traditions
are starting to settle into my soul
- feeling familiar and less of a curiosity -

Thank you for joining my journey
this year

I look forward to seeing you
in 2013

- all photos by me -


The Snowdrop Project said...

Beautiful post Laura.
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2013.
Much love,
Liz x

Rosemary said...

I feel really touched by this positive approach to our rainswept island, you have made me view things through different eyes for which I thank you - look forward to future posts in 2013.

Introverted Art said...

These images are amazing. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Rose Fern said...

Happy holidays and a happy new year!

Iota said...

I agree with Rosemary. You're SO positive about English life. I love it. Do feel free to have a good old whinge about it all some time, won't you?!

Interesting that you see Boxing Day as Black Friday. Yes... I suppose it has become so. But that's a new(ish) thing. It's a bank holiday, so my memories of childhood were of everything shutting early on Christmas Eve, and then being closed for two days. And then of course on the following Sunday (so I guess if Christmas was on a Friday, shops would have been closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday). It was a day for quiet playing with new toys, or family get-togethers, or a long walk. Definitely not a shopping day. It's rather sad that we've lost that, I think. Let's face it. There are plenty of other shopping days in the year, but not many family days.

Jeanie said...

Happy Boxing Day! Your photos are so lovely -- especially that last one, those green heart-shaped leaves just kissed by snow! I hope your holiday was happy and join me in looking forward to the new year.

Tammy Chrzan said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year!
Much love to you!

HippieGirl21 said...

Is it warmer there? Because right now, where I am, we're getting snow out the butt!! My stepdad just shoveled the driveway before he left for work and also salted it. Man, the only thing going good for the snow right now is that even though it is snowy, it's not freeze your rear off cold.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Laura, this is one of your best! Thank you for all the heartfelt reflections.
Funny how a place can grow on you, is it not?
Here is hoping Santa found its way to you in Ol' England and our best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year!
Spring in the air, truly? Not so on the Pacific NW coast though...

Joy said...

I do so enjoy reading your perspective on all things English - brings back many memories and makes me want to make a return visit (it will happen)! Wishing you and your family a peaceful New Year ..... Joy

Pom Pom said...

I love your journey, Laura. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Kyra said...

I saw on the news about the 3D broadcast! Pretty neat, actually! Does Spring really come so early there? I'm trying to remember when my parents lived there for several years (in Old Windsor) and when I visited for Christmas it actually snowed (it was apparently quite the event!) So thought everything was on a similar schedule! We're supposed to get up to 16 inches of snow tonight!

ann said...

Well, here in Colorado we have snow. A white Christmas. The snow started Christmas Eve. We don't have a lot, but the ground is white. It is very cold too. 14 F and headed down. A fun fact: in the lat 100 years Colorado has only had 14 white Christmases. American news covered the Queen's 3D message along with a bit of history about how she is a hip queen keeping up with the technology of the day. Quite the lady, I'd say. I love you metaphor of the trains looking life fireflies. I'd never think to describe them in that way. Well, Laura, Happy New Year. I have enjoyed your posts and your comments all year and I look forward to more in '13.

Kyra said...

@Laura Thank you for dropping by my blog, hope u had a lovely Christmas and I love the photographs, they are beeautiful :)

Ali said...

Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013 Laura!

Ali xx

Emily said...

Oh, how beautiful, Laura, like poetry. Thank you! Happy New Year!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Have a great New Year, catch up in 2013! :) x

Nieves said...

I wish you all the best for you and your loved ones for the New Year Laura. With my warmest regards,

Mrs.D. - Teacher online said...

Felice Anno Nuovo to you and your family from Italy
If you like visit me here: http://mrsdfromitaly.blogspot.it/

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Beautiful post...it makes me feel like I was living in White Rock again. Here it's all chill and snow.

And I do so miss the Viburnum, that was the best part of returning to work in the nursery. The rare sunny days that made the fragrance of the viburnum waft into the greenhouses.


Carolynn Anctil said...

Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving such a lovely note. You have a beautiful photographic style yourself. I'm going to enjoy browsing through your virtual home.

Magic Bean said...

Thank you for lovely comments over on Magic Beans. Good to meet you! Happy 2013, Ax

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Laura and thank you for stopping by my blog!
I am so jealous of your closeness to Spring while we still have months and months of winter to get through .. and a lot of snow , but that is a good thing actually .. last year no snow meant more stress on the garden with no ground water for back up. So I better not complain .. but alas .. I do admit a longing for signs of Spring already such as you are having.
You are very lucky !
Joy : )
Cheers and a Happy New Year !

Irene said...

Happy New Year, dear Laura.
May 2013 be filled with all the comforts of good health, a warm home and a life well loved.

PURA VIDA said...

I really enjoyed your post! loved the photos! Happy Happy 2013!

DeniseinVA said...

This is such a lovely post. Thank you for stopping by my blog and Happy New Year!

My Garden Diaries said...

Beautiful post! I like following along on your adventure because it takes me to a different place! All the best in 2013!!!

geetlee said...

Beautiful photographs and lovely poem too.
I hope you have a great 2013 :)

Sarah Jane said...

A truly beautiful post. Happy New Year - hope the first week of 2013 treated you and your loved ones kindly!