from The Irish R.M., 1928
Read the above quote this early morning—it's today's selection from the Nature Writing for Every Day of the Year book I mentioned in yesterday's POST. Our own morning dawned soft pink and pale lemon and breathtakingly cold. The birds are busy at the feeders, and the squirrel wastes no time to nab a few freeze-dried mountain ash berries for his breakfast.
On this first Friday of December, here are five quotes I'm enjoying as the season gets underway in earnest. We're writing out Christmas cards, gently celebrating someone's birthday with a delicious-looking carrot cake waiting in the kitchen for afternoon tea. Wishing you a bit of bliss. 🎄💖
"So quiet and subtle is the beauty of December
that escapes the notice of many people their whole
lives through. Colour gives way to form: every
branch distinct, in a delicate tracery against the sky.
New vistas, obscured all Summer by leafage, now open up."
"In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter long ago."
"May and October, the best-smelling months? I'll make a case
for December: evergreen, frost, wood smoke, cinnamon."
"At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth;
But like of each thing that in season grows."
"As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded
by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that
there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation,
and people to whom we are worth the same."
DONALD E. WESTLAKE
This is my second post in as many days. Perhaps there's a pattern forming to do an Advent post more often than my usual once a week. I won't promise, but you might find a few more than usual bonus posts in celebration of winter and Christmas.
Until next time, stay safe and warm,
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