Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice in Amsterdam.

Today is Winter Solstice, the shortest day in the year, it has been a beautiful day here, the sun shone and the sky was azure blue.

It is extremely cold, so cold we have the heating on all day for a change.

There was plenty of bird activity on the bird feeders and sea gulls swopped onto the roof opposite.

Had a good session with Mathilde, we talked and laughed our way through 30 minutes of arm, shoulder and back exercises.

Then she left happy with a Green & Black's Chocolate selection, Richie bought a few to give to our friends.

It is a really good thing to do, to give friends a nice surprise, each one wanted to open it right away and share with us.

Each time they were quite happy to be persuaded to take it open unopened to enjoy at home alone or shared.

As soon as it was 3 pm the clouds have drifted in and it is a soft cloudier sky, still with a hint of blue.

Getting dark now it is 4 pm, lovely to see the light fading fast, going to get Richie to keep one curtain open so I can enjoy the Winter Solstice sky.

Happy Winter Solstice Greetings.


Stephany said...

Thinking of you Herrad, and sending a big hug.

Cranky said...

Herrad - happy Winter Solstice to you too. I am always happy to see the solstice arrive because I know each day that follows will just a little bit longer, light-wise.

We had snow over the weekend and it's a sunny day here too, so the view outside is quite lovely.

Herrad said...

Hi Stephany,
Thinking of you too, hope your day is good.

Hi Cranky,
Thanks for coming by, hope you are having a good day.

Thanks for coming by.
Happy Winter Solstice to you both.

Anonymous said...

Great photos! It's nice to see snow in the winter! Happy Winter Solstice! :)

S.S-O said...

Hi Herrad,

I'm new to this...but someone asked me if I was aware of ur blog because we are both from Trinidad. Just wanted to stop by and say "hi!"

Nancy said...

Happy Winter Solstice, Herrad. Now the days will start getting longer.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Herrad:)


Lovely photos. It appears there is too much snow.

I am happy to read that you are in good spirits and the post is cheery.


Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

We had sun here today and the snow is melting some. I am looking forward to the longer days. ((hugs))

Kris said...

Happy Solstice and Happy Holidays!

Jo said...

Sounds--and looks--idyllic!

Thank you for always sharing your lovely pictures, sweet Herrad.

Thinking of you during the holidays--and always--and wishing you a love filled Christmas.

Peace, love, happiness and health,
'Diary Of A Sad Housewife'

Herrad said...

Hi Rain,
Thanks for your visit, glad you like the photos.

Hi S.S-O,
Nice to meet you, thanks for coming by, hope to visit your blog often.

Hi Nancy,
Hope your Winter Solstice was good too.

Hi Joseph,
Nice to see your comment, thanks for your visit.

Hi NoeNoe Girl,
Thanks for your visit, thought the day was a minute longer today, the 22 December.

Hi Kris,
Hope yesterday was a good day for you.
Thanks for coming by.

Hi Jo,
Thanks for coming by and leaving your sweet comment.

Thanks everyone for coming by and leaving your sweet comments.
Hope you all enjoyed your Winter Solstice.
Have a good day tomorrow.