Tuesday, 21 December 2010

'Earth as hard as iron'.

Here we are at the mid winter solstice the shortest day of the year, and I must say that the sunset was spectacular this evening, as the sun slipped below the horizon of hills, and the moon rose into the heavens.

All at Burnside is frozen, 'Earth as hard as iron. Water as stone', to quote the great Gustav Holst. The smoke from the hearth rises unhindered into a starlit sky, and the mercury has plummeted.

In spite of the bitter conditions, good use was made of the day, by topping up the freezer with venison. At the very least Christmas dinner is now assured!

The mid winter sun at 1.10 p.m. today, as it skims through the frozen birch woods. At this latitude daylight is a privilege.

The deep mid winter. 'Earth as hard as iron. Water as stone'. The view north from Burnside.

Christmas dinner assured. Come what may, we shall eat!

Stay warm. Stay safe.




  1. Nice looking does! I'm glad you shared your snow with us down south. The roads have been quiet and the usual Christmas rush has had its wings clipped. Even our shoots have been cancelled!We're enjoying a slow week.

    I got up to watch the lunar eclipse, but there was too much cloud. But the sunset was great wasn't it? Enjoy your venison.

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