New Year's Eve as I post, hard rain outside 6.30 p.m, but that hasn't stopped the revellers, fireworks have been going off since 5 0'clock. This was our last walk of the year to the Wyre Estuary at Stannah. Gorse bushes don't mind the frost, their golden flowers shine through thorny stems. A curlew and a flock of ringed plovers on the mudflats. I love the way the rushes bend with the wind and protect the local wildlife.
My last post of 2017 : a candle of concern, lit for absent friends and their loved ones present or gone before them, but cherished forever. And to wish you all a bright and peaceful, Happy New Year.
It certainly was a bitter cold wind as we walked, along the beach at Clevelleys, to stave off our Christmas excesses. The tide was receding, revealing the sculptured ogre as the waves crashed around him.
As the waves crashed, the ogre appeared to bellow the sea's roar.
A bitter icy wind and glaring sun as we moved on passed Mary's shell. . .
. . . You can find the legendary story of Wyre's mythical coast, with Mary's shell and the Sea-ogre in the 'The Sea Swallow' by Gareth Thompson. It is a somewhat grim tale but also one of hope and courage in the face of adversity, as Mary is able to save her town from drowning. The book is beautifully illustrated by Hannah Megee.
Then back home again, warm and cosy . . . . a lit tealight in my little pottery house with a tiny Xmas tree cake decoration outside.
December, halfway through Advent meaning preparation. No snow, a blue sky lights up the church weathercock, shining golden ship to 'come sailing in'. Christmas tree just up with this little fimo mole broach ornament, today's charity shop can't resist find. Home to open another picture on a beautiful woodland Advent calendar - the 15th day - it's also a mole!
This gorgeous advent calendar, and two bonus robins, by very talented artist Angela Harding - www.angelaharding.co.uk . . . . .
. . . . In another Advent calendar, I am travelling back in time with Elisabet and other pilgrims to Bethlehem and the birth of Christ - a charming Norwegian tale; an allegory? Alongside a mystery about an old handmade calendar and a little girl who disappeared 40 years ago. A chapter for every day in advent. Day 17. 'The Christmas Mystery' by Jostein Garrder. Special thanks to Eithna for the book and telling me I mustn't read it until Christmas. X
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