Monday, December 21, 2009


O.K., so I was going to write about pagan things, like ancient ceremonies, the magic of evergreen plants to ward off evil, the lighting of fires to entice the sun to return, Newgrange and Stonehenge. (Wouldn’t Stonehenge make an amazing garden?)

(Photo taken by my dear brother)

But it wasn’t working right. I mean, after all, the winter solstice is simply the time when the earth has tilted at its furthest from the sun and seems to pause in its journey. Solstice literally means “stand still.” As the solstice passes, the days will get longer and the shadows will move back in the other direction.

I am a shadow watcher. All year long, I look at where the shadows are. For example, my front porch (if you can call it that) receives sun in the winter and the tipping of the earth will gradually move it back into the shade for summer. And the shadow of the house will recede away from the deck to leave it in the sun and then I will be able to fill my pots with flowers for the hummingbirds. So, to pass the time as the shadows shorten and the days lengthen, stay warm and enjoy your garden books!

Have a beautiful day!

1 comment:

David said...

While I'm certainly not into sun worship or any of its derivatives, setting up a solar hot water system has made me a "shadow watcher" too -- after the solstice, each sunny day will mean a little more hot water...