Sunday, December 23, 2007

Winter Solstice

The semi annual solstice celebration took place under balmy night skies last night. Potluck feasts inside, roasting apples and sausages over the big fire. Wine and song, Christmas carols and laughs by the fire. At some point all the kids ended up inside, while the adults stood around the campfire talking.........about the year, about the season, about the plans for future get togethers........about kids, dogs, songs and stories. The dogs...........all Labs of some mixture romped in the snow all around us, sometimes venturing close to check out the cooked sausages. I learned that apple tree wood burns the hottest. Didn't know that, did you?

Old apple tree lit up in the yard................... two different exposures as I messed around with my camera. Doesn't the one below look like the outline of an angel or is it just my wishful imagination?

Friends and good times.........memories in the making while we all take a breather to enjoy the beginning of winter. Oh, and guess what? The days are getting longer again. wooooo whooooo!

thanks Jen and Tom....... Oh, and Jen? My New Year's resolution is to hang out with you at the Auction centre on Thursday evenings. I want a two dollar couch and chair set too!


Rainbow dreams said...

Apple tree wood burns hottest? no I didn't know that... not that we have any apple trees to burn at the moment..

Sounds a wonderful evening - and I can see the angel in that tree... angels are lurking all over the place and sometimes they give us hints at where they might be.. :)

Gypsy said...

Yes I definitely see the Angel and I think she even has wings.....

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

How beautiful is that!

Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday.

May all your days be filled with light.

The House on Big Island said...

Warmest wishes for a happy Christmas and a wonderful 2008, Muskie - to you and all of your family ....

... with much Love and fond regards,

Daisy et al.

Lori said...

What a beautiful blog! And I can definitely see the angel, no question about it.

May you and your family have a joyous and blessed Christmas Season!

Barbara (aka Layla) said...

wow, i thought stuff like that only happened in the movies. seriously.

Awareness said...'re right.....angels are always to get glimpses of them.

gypsy.......glad you can see the wings too all the way over in Oz

Barbara....thank you. wishing you and your family happy holidays as well. I'm glad you're back blogging and making us all think! :)

Shasta Daisy......Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope everyone is home and enjoying it together. January 1rst marks the official beginning of the countdown to Otterdale? yes.

Lori......welcome and thank you. Hope you visit again.

Layla....One of the main things I love about New Brunswick are these type of events. This place is the best kept secret, honestly. (in fact, I would like a job here doing tourism promotion because it has such natural beauty to explore.....and "down to earth" activities which I think most people around here take for granted. I love the fact that I can just walk up the hill and be in the woods in 5 minutes, or hop in the van and be downtown in 5 minutes.
On the way home from our friend's solstice party, my husband and I were talking about it makes one feel so much more connected to community when the place you live allows you to meet a variety of people with a variety of backgrounds....both rural and urban......
yes, it was a great night.....and I love the fact that it ranged in age from 4 to 78.