Life, crafty stuff, long walks, thoughts, and little oddities.


Merry Christmas! Nadolig Llawen!

alder cones

The alder cones dangle

Empty from the branch

Promise of new life to come

And so we wait

With joy

As we celebrate

The fulfillment

Of the first promise

We wait

For the second coming

For the new dawn

For the future

In wonderment

For the alder to blossom

And bear fruit

In due season.

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6


Rainbows and promises

double rainbow

The rain makes mirrors of the pavements, reflecting the light. The sun prepares to descend in this winter world, readying himself for the new dawn. A double rainbow curves overhead, full of rich promises. Christmas Eve waits in hushed anticipation, sparkling into the night.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Merry Christmas! Nadolig Llawen! God Jul! Buon Natale! Frohliche Weihnacthen! Prettige Kerstmis! Crăciun fericit! I’m sure you get the message. Have a wonderful and blessed time.


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Cinnamon and light

Candles welcome the dawn today. Music rings in my mind. Spices mix with scent of sea breeze. Cinnamon rolls for breakfast, warm from the oven.  Lucia is welcomed in with the light. Winter sun plays across the bay, highlighting headlands and crofts. The tide rolls in with a playful splash, before receding into the day. Out for a stroll, cold air nipping at my fingers and toes. A pause to watch the world pass by. A playful dog brings me a stick to throw, splashing through the iced water. Laughter joined, its owner summons it back. Then home to toast myself by the fire, mulled wine in hand. Flames flickering, echoing  the morning’s light. Happy Lucia!


For more information on St Lucia or Lucy, please see my other blog www.faithinthehome.wordpress.com

Santa Lucia song : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2-Q_ObdE-4


Red skies and prayer

Red sky at night, shepherds delight …. red sky at dawn, shepherds mourn. The dawn predicted the day. A glorious pink glow lighting the massing clouds. Wild, wet weather descends. Waves roll relentlessly towards the shore. A quick scurry to the shop, past fields sodden with rain. The wind gusts. Then home to the warm cosy fire to toast my toes. Hot spiced fruit juice to warm my hands. Advent candles counting down the days. The windowsill nativity grows apace – a new character for each day. Nimble fingers work at gifts, each stitch a prayer. The words of Isaiah ring through my mind: prepare the way of the Lord… a day for pondering, today.



A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3


Chocolate coins and angels

Storms lash the coast, whipping waves into a frenzy. Winds buffet the house, howling down chimney. Outside, the day has passed in a cloud of grey. Inside is colour, gold and red sparkling in the light. The Advent candle flames. Chocolate coins and lebkuchen sit cradled in a bowl. The ribbon from gift wrap lies on the table, reflecting the glow of the fire. Saint Nicholas crept through last night, leaving treats for all. The house is scented with spices and fruit. Tea in my mug, and sloe gin in the glass. The Saint’s Honey Cakes beckon invitingly, each one lovingly decorated. It seems the angels have some left over this year! Happy St Nicholas.

Saint's Honey Cakes


If you want to know more about Saint’s Honey Cakes (recipes, etc), try this link: http://faithinthehome.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/saints-honey-cakes-ciastka-miodowe/