Winter is the time for comfort, for
good food and warmth, for the touch
of a friendly hand and for a talk beside
the fire: it is the time for home.
Edith SitwellAnd so the story of Autumn and Winter begins, not in cold and dark, but comfort and light. A time to take stock and nestle into home. A time for simplicity of food before the excitement of Samhain. We move inexorably through the year, circling around celebrations, family and friends. This is what it means to be part of a society…planning and sharing the days we look forward to, as well as bringing camaraderie and support on days less well favoured. As I uploaded these photographs this morning, I enjoyed a sense of timelessness. Even as I move around Bealtaine on my own, the sense of ‘with others’ pervades the air. Perhaps, in the world we cannot see, there are many around us. This would not surprise me. My mother often said she felt surrounded by people here at this little cottage. I do too. “In a way Winter is the real Spring–the time when
the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.”
Edna O’BrienLike Edna, I look forward to the
quiet time of Winter, for the quiet solitude; a time for contemplation.
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