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Friday, June 19, 2015

Winter rhythm

As the years roll by winter is slowly becoming my favourite season.  The light is gentle, the days are shorter and it is easy to find an excuse to cook or light a fire, or both.  Bread proves more steadily, butter can be left on the bench, the snakes disappear, I get to revisit my favourite winter woollies and trips to the woodpile provide solitude, exercise and thinking time. 

For me, winter is so much easier to manage than our brutal, hot summers.  Right now I am savouring the crisp mornings, the sparkly light and the dark evenings when everyone is usually inside the house earlier than normal. 

This week the stormy skies delivered 44mm of welcome rain. 


Golden light shining through a spontaneous sculpture in the vegetable garden.


Fresh, churned up water lapping at the banks of our house dam.  A happy site after staring into a big, dry pit for many months. 


In contrast to the red and brown shades outside the garden, inside the garden I have a rampant green manure crop.  It is so lush and healthy I am starting to think that I will need plenty of muscle to get it chopped down and dug into the soil before tomato season is upon us.  


The winter solstice occurs on Sunday.  I am planning to stoke up the wood oven and load it up with bread, lamb shanks and perhaps a wintery pudding.  I might even find some candles and certainly a bottle or two of stout.   The seasons roll on.

Will you celebrate the solstice or will it pass by quietly? 

Stay warm friends x

28 comments :

  1. I love the solstice, the symbolism, the time of year, it reminds me of Christmas in Europe. We celebrate it with our family by spending lots of time outside observing nature, planting the veggie garden, a nice meal, candles and a nice wood fire to warm us.

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    1. This sounds like a perfect celebration...thanks Marijke!

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  2. Being a "heat seeker" and a daylight savings fan...I love the Winter Solstice, because it means every day from here on in gets just a little bit lighter...:) Having said that we are enjoying the mildest Winter I think I've ever known in 15 years of living on the North coast, it's really rather enjoyable!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, the seasons change soon enough don't they?

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  3. Ooo I like the idea of celebrating winter solstice. Like you winter is my favourite time, the disappearance of the snakes is a definite bonus! The only ones we seem to see in winter is tree snakes.
    Everything seems uncomfortable in summer and seems to take twice as long to accomplish simply because of the heat!
    I'm so happy to hear you've had some rain, I hope it is followed by more.

    Sarah x

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  4. I am loving the winter too but missing the wood fire experience. It's just not quite the same, ho hum! I will be with you in spirit on Sunday Jane.

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    1. Funny how we were just talking about our love for summer or winter on Friday Annie x

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  5. I guess your winter temperatures aren't much different from our summer at the moment (17C here today). We could do with some of your rain though.
    All downhill to winter after the solstice so I think we shall throw some bread and mutton into our wood oven and raise a toast to the longest day with elderflower fizz.

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    1. Thanks Anne...you are right. Our winter maximum temperatures have been somewhere between 11C and 18C. Bread and mutton in the wood oven, great idea!

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  6. Love the winter solstice. It means we're steering back to sunlit days where I am not leaving for, and coming home, in the dark. Hoping to spend my first weekend at home and in the garden for yonks. I too have some hard yakka ahead of me.

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    1. We all have different needs and priorities in the different seasons don't we? Thanks Katie.

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    1. Hi Glenda...there you again! Hooray.

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  8. There is so much to love about winter Jane. Sunday might require a roast, red wine, definitely a fire! xx

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    1. I hope you lit that fire Kate! x

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  9. Lovely post, Jane. I am fond of winter, especially here in Canberra.... we've had cracker frosts early this year.

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    1. Thanks Lizzy...I can only imagine winter in Canberra!

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  10. A great post on winter Jane. I could relate to it in so many levels. Pleased to hear about the rain.

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    1. Thanks Francesca, I loved your winter post too!

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  11. It's the longest day here tomorrow - midsummer's eve today - and I plan to spend as long as possible outside! It isn't particularly warm, though. Summer hasn't really set in yet. It's fascinating to read about the winter where you are Jane. Glad you've had rain. I love your veg garden sculpture.

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    1. Thank you so much...isn't it interesting that we are on different sides of the world reading about our various weather patterns and events!

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  12. so pleased you have had a good fall of rain an even more so the house dam is full.......goodluck with the green manure..........

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  13. here in Tassie the solstice is a big deal - we are really into the depths of winter and really need to know we are swinging upwards towards lighter days now. there's even a festival and a nude beach swim to mark the occasion! but I just stayed inside with blankets and mugs of tea yesterday - too cold to do much outside for me.
    ps that is one serious green manure crop.

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    1. Thanks e, I have been reading all about Dark Mofo and the associated activities. This is something I would love to attend although my winter wardrobe might need an overall I think! Stay warm.

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  14. So wonderful to hear you have had rain... I spent the winter solstice around a camp fire with friends eating the most delicious food! Liz xxx

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    1. Your solstice sounds like our solstice, thank you Liz!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane