The days are very short now; it gets light around half 8 and it turns dark again at half past 4 in the afternoon. No fun when you are suffering from SAD as I do. Fortunately I have only a mild form, but the acronym certainly fits the bill.
And not only are the days short, they are pretty cold too, ranging from minus 4 to plus 8 C. It's no wonder that many members of the Bliss team are huddled together for warmth in front of a roaring fire. How we all miss our friend the sun!
It's not so bad when there is show, as white is very good for reflecting light. With snow there is much lightness and brightness. Unfortunately the snow we usually get here lasts only for a few hours and then we're back to dull, dark and dreary. What we need, very much need in North-Western Europe is light, so let there be light ......
lots of light
all sorts of light
to chase away the doom and gloom.
The sun gives life by providing us with light and warmth. It's not for nothing that the well known tradition of decking out an evergreen tree with lots of lights and decorations is old, very old in this part of the world.
Those primitive tribes from long ago were starved for light and warmth at this time of year and unlike us, they were not all that sure that the sun, that harbinger of life, would really come again and shine down on them next spring. So they did the tree thingy on Winter Solstice and hoped that the Gods would smile down on them and let the sun return.
It's not only the light and warmth I'm missing, I'm missing this too; the beautiful flowers from my garden that brighten up the dullest day with their cheerful colours and wonderful scents.
A while ago I got this lovely present from a dear friend who knows how much I love flowers.
Pretty, aren't they? And you haven't seen the best bit yet. Pop a tea light in, light it and .............
Bob is Kylee's uncle, erm I mean
and there is light
and flowers too.