Midwinter Cottage

6 Dec

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The air is still.
The storm has passed. 
Stillness and silence pervades the cottage.
Jack is in his bed, and the boys continue to doss away the morning in the Lodge.
A midwinter scene repeated all across the northern hemisphere.
midwinter cottage 006Someone remarked on the increasing silence they noticed in the world around them.
Midwinter is a silent time, suffused with echoes and occasional sounds from strange places.
Places that are more difficult to pinpoint on the landscape…it’s a trick played on us by Mother Nature as she paces the dormitories of sleep and hibernation.
midwinter cottage 014Candles illuminate the darkness, dispelling matt grey for moving shadows.
Jingles of Christmas on the radio, some lovely, most rapaciously dreadful, urging the listener to get out now and spend, spend, spend!
And so the radio is switched off and music switched on, low and evocative.
Midwinter enchants us all with memories of stillness and light, fires and food…times past, selected for our personal album of memories.
midwinter cottage 005I found this photograph recently.
It was taken around Midwinter, in a photo-booth in London, when I first ventured away from home and Ireland.
Scents were what I most missed.
The scents of home, like turf and coal smoke, wisping out of chimney pots on rows of terraced houses.
London was filled with new, more exotic scents, especially places like Portobello Road Market on a Saturday morning, where Patchouli oil perfume lingered in the air.
midwinter cottage 004Working patchwork, brings me back to early days, in London and the sheer wealth of fabric shops and stalls, Laura Ashley and the love of William Morris retro!
midwinter cottage 007Colours, fabrics and textures continue to fascinate.
midwinter cottage 003Natural fabrics hold most memory…perhaps because they are from the natural world, where energy is hosted.
midwinter cottage 009Sackcloth and old lace cover a jam jar, filled with Honesty.
midwinter cottage 010Cotton gingham of various colours in the kitchen.
midwinter cottage 012Willow, wood and clay pottery, mugs and bowls.
midwinter cottage 015The morning, washed by soft midwinter light…not to be bought and packaged for Christmas, but absorbed by the celebratory soul.
midwinter cottage 013Blessings from this midwinter cottage…
 

5 Responses to “Midwinter Cottage”

  1. eremophila December 7, 2013 at 2:26 am #

    Inspiring as always Colette. ♥

  2. sue marquis bishop December 7, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    we called this old fashioned plant the money plant… I think it makes a lovely arrangement…. sue
    womenlivinglifeafter50.com

  3. pollyperkins123 December 6, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Scents are so important. I lost my sense of smell a few years ago, it was a gradual process and I don’t know why it happened. It is the smells of the garden that I miss most, particularly plants like Lavender, Rosemary and my favourite of all, Hyssop. Then there is May blossom, Meadowsweet, the flowers of Broad Beans, Privet flowers and the gentle scent of Soapwort flowers. I still grow Sweet Peas and they have to be the scented ones, ha ha! As Geoff Hamilton once said, “what is the point of a Sweet Pea that doesn’t smell”. I wonder what your favourite scents are.

    • Bealtaine Cottage December 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

      Lavender, Rosemary, especially as I use lots of essential oils and these are quite powerful, but unusual scents that carry on the air, such as willow, when burned and the combined sweetness of the air in the polytunnel on a hot day.

  4. Julianne Victoria December 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Beautiful!

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