Today, the 21st December is the Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. Finally day length will start going the right way. We’ve had a grey few weeks and have not seen much sunshine. But the sun was there briefly this morning just as it rose about 9am only to be swallowed by a bank of cloud.
Today is the Winter Solstice and I find myself breathing a sigh of relief. At least from now the days will be getting longer and not shorter. And what is more we have had the sun out for most of the day and I got a lovely walk. This in one of my favourite trees in the neighbourhood – an old ash tree, gnarled and worn with a great cavity. A true elder of our community, who has seen many winter solstices.
Finally the winter solstice. From tomorrow day light will lengthen and there are thoughts of the new growing season to look forward to. Even in the garden there are signs of new beginnings. This daisy, though admittedly closed tight against the elements, was in flower four days ago.
Wishing you all a good solstice and festive season.