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The Winter Solstice…the real thing.

THE SHORTEST DAY ~ SUSAN COOPER

So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!!

I love this poem and, for me, it sums up everything about the winter solstice.

I love the Solstice days (shortest and longest) because of what they bring…dark and light. If I’m completely honest I prefer the summer months because they make life easier around our place…yes it sometimes means we have to irrigate when the summer months are hot and dry but I prefer that to the wet and mud of the winter..although I like the winter months for what they do with the land.

Today we went to friends to see in the shortest day. We wrapped up warm prepared for another chilly night…to my surprise it was surprisingly warm really. So our punched tin candle holders were able to burn once more….and one very happy 5 year old….that’s my Solstice right there.

Another collaboration with the menu ..

Gluhwein to start off the proceedings

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Pate (Chicken, Venison and Lamb) for the carnivores among us                  

Baba Ganoush for our vegetarian friends

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Roast Lamb (Stewy)

Slow cooked Leg of Goat (Josh)

Roast Chicken (Alan)

Roast Beetroot

Couscous with Roast Vegetables

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Mince pies

Christmas Pudding

Orkney Fudge Cheesecake

We came home at around 9pm with one very tired child (he’s off school at the moment as he’s got a cold but really didn’t want to miss out on the “feast”). It was a lovely evening although dear Mother Nature had the last word with a lovely big shake at just after 10.30pm….Cheers me dear…lest we forget who is really in charge x x x


Winter Solstice (Part 1)…18th June 2011

Saturday we had a little get together with a few friends to celebrate the coming of the shortest day…

Mulled Wine kicked off the proceedings…that to me is quintessentially winter…the warmth of the wine, those heady spices…..YUM!

Our friends have a mutual love of food and where it comes from so the menu was a collaboration, everyone making something towards the meal…

                              Pate to start (a mix of Chicken liver, Venison and Lamb)                            

Toasted Ciabatta

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Roast Leg of Venison

Leg of Lamb

Chicken with Cranberry and Walnut stuffing

Roast Vegetables with Chickpeas

Roast Potatoes

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Banana cake with Lemon Icing

Christmas Pudding

Pavlova

Lemon Meringue pie

Served with fresh cream or Ice cream

I don’t know how everyone else found it …they all said they had a lovely evening, but I had a lovely time.

Our little one and I had made some tea light holders out of tin cans which we lit after the meal for a short while – he was delighted as he had been able to help (he was in charge of handing me the cans and once I had punched the pattern onto them he took them to the bathroom to thaw the ice out of them…both VERY important jobs). It was a pity that it was a bit too cold to have them outside and be able to see them to their full glory but that will come in the future as we would like to build somewhere outside where we could put a fire pit or some sort of fire so we can sit around it in the evenings and still be reasonably warm….it’s not high on the list of priorities though as it’s not something we would be doing a great deal but’s it’s a “would like to”.

Anyway a good evening was had by all which was the main thing…out friends little boy G who is 2 years old discovered his love of Pate…MARVELLOUS…start em young I say!