near year’s end



images captured early morning, December 22nd

Christmas with our family was wonderful though too short a time. On the morning of the Feast of Stephen our eldest daughter and partner left and that afternoon our good friends arrived. A wonderful time was had with them as always, talking non-stop, eating too much, exchanging gifts and teaching them a new game. This afternoon they left and suddenly it feels very quiet here, a pause in the middle of the holiday season, a chance to catch one’s breath and meditate on the last days of another year and a new one soon to come. The weather is unusually warm and wet — up to 12C or 54F today — so unlike three years ago when we had a major amount of snow.

I hope, dear readers, that your festive season has been a happy one.

December 28, 2011 in Culture, Current Events by Marja-Leena