The light is shortening dramatically now, at 3.30 the daylight is fading and the night is drawing in.
We are almost at Midwinter, already halfway through the darker half of the year.
Around the time of midwinter many celebrate Yule, and or Christmas and the winter solstice
The largest part of the traditions bring a little warmth and cheer in darkness.
Most of out traditions at this time of year are about combating the cold and dark
Reminding ourselves of natures green that stays fresh and lives on seemingly eternal even when all else has diappeared at this time
The decidious trees are stripped bare by harsh biting winds
revealing their core their strength
It’s strange to think that now of all times they have chosen now to be naked and vulnerable
we know that they are conserving energy to survive
underneath the frost roots are storing that energy, in the warmer quieter earth buried deep, ready to push forward riotously, providing a stronger than ever foundation
I recently celebrated my birthday my 40th birthday
One of the things I chose to do was plant some trees
Bare rooted trees travel well and can be planted now, ready to miraculously unfirl their leaves in spring. If youve bnever planted a tree that looks little more than a stick at this time of year and waited to see if it really is alive in springtime, then you should do it. Magical.
Little saplings that will grow with the challenge of each winter and celebrate each spring with a lush green and blossoms that will be fertilised by pollinators to provide fruit and nuts in summer.
Slowly return the last of their energy to the earth the nutrients in their falling leaves in the Autumn.
Another gift was a reminder of these pollinators, hand carved into an old upcycled lucky silver sixpence. If we’re lucky we will have lots of these for a long time to come.
I have also been making my own presents to gift
and some upcycling