Thursday, 21 December 2017
At Last, the Shortest Day.
For the past six months we have been waiting for this dreich but gladsome day, the shortest day of the year! At last we know that Spring is coming and Summer is ahead. Of course the day being dreich, cloud covers the land, we cannot see the sun rise or fall, indeed some cannot see anything in the gloom, but inwardly we rejoice as the nights now get shorter and minute by minute the warmth of Spring lies ahead with nothing in between but two months or more of rain, snow, ice, storm, hail and other regular events but nothing too much to surprise us.
I suspect many Druids of various types, alongside youthful trendy middle class types, have gathered at Stonehenge and other such henge's to see the winter solstice come and go and pretend they are living out ancient pagan rites even though nobody has a clue as to what ancient rites were all about. The lack of knowledge will not stop them reaching out to something they see as enlightening, though the main result might just be chilblains and flu caused by the dank atmosphere.
I spent the morning at coffee with one of my women and then returned home to eat, sleep and send e-cards to those I canny be bothered writing cards to. You know the type, those acquaintances who offer cards but you reckon it's easier to send an e-card and know they will not mind. It took longer than I thought and the gloom outside made the world dark by four!