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22 June 2014 @ 08:18 pm
Welcoming back the light  
Yesterday was the winter solstice and I'd planned on cleaning all of my windows to welcome back the increasing daylight, but a case of wine flu put paid to that idea. Once darkness fell though I lit candles, twentyfour of them on my windowsills, kitchen table and other flat surfaces. My living areas were glowing golden, it was so pretty. I wanted to go outside and photograph the house, with the candles in the windows, but this time nature put paid to my plans - we had two huge thunderstorms a few hours apart, with torrential rain. In fact the rain was so heavy that my downpipes couldn't cope and the house gutters were overflowing, with sheets of water dropping to the ground below.

After last night's tempest it was a surprise to wake up to the bluest of blue skies. Everything in my garden looked green and glowing, freshly washed, and the bird bath was close to overflowing. I spent some time just walking around the garden, checking on favourite plants, anxiously counting the number of bulbs already coming up - I hope they're not too early, and manage to hang on for the warmer weather. So far six of the jonquils I planted are pushing through the earth, plus numerous freesias and grape hyacinths. I can't wait for spring when they're all in bloom.
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
byslantedlight: WineEternal (Iconomicon)byslantedlight on June 22nd, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
Your candles worked - they brought back the sunshine! *g* And hee - love wine flu... *vbg*
miwahni: Random A little rainmiwahni on June 23rd, 2014 10:04 am (UTC)
They did work, didn't they? Must say we badly needed the rain, though. On nights like that I start thinking about installing rainwater tanks for the garden, they'd have been overflowing by the end of the storms.
a honeyed wine at night: bright shiny rainbow dancemoonlightmead on June 22nd, 2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
Wine flu indeed, heh.

It sounds a lovely way to celebrate the return of the sun. Hmm. How much of a difference in day length do you get where you are? Do the days start getting longer again for you now, or is it more a matter of the weather warming up?

I love clear skies after a storm! And I am glad to imagine the bird bath benefitting!

Edited at 2014-06-22 07:16 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Random Darwin sunsetmiwahni on June 23rd, 2014 10:07 am (UTC)
There is a difference, but nowhere near as much as in your part of the world. Sunrise and sunset on Saturday were 6.37am and 5.01pm (gained a whole extra minute today!) while the longest day of the year is 4.49am and 6.42pm. In summer I'm getting up to bright sunshine and in winter it's pitch-black still, and dark again before I even get out of the city at night. On fine days I sit in a park to eat my lunch, just so I can experience fresh air and daylight for a bit.
moonlightmead on June 25th, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, right. Sunrise today was 0459 and tonight will be 2138, so we get much longer evenings of light in the summer.

Mind you, in the winter, I expect something like 0815 for sunrise and 1630 for sunset, so about eight hours of daylight, and that pretty miserable at times! And yes, snatching each moment of natural light is vital then!
miwahni: UK London Eyemiwahni on June 25th, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
I'd love your lingering summer evenings! I fell in love with them when I visited in June one year; couldn't believe how long the twilight lasted. Bliss!
ali15son: pic#123603534ali15son on June 22nd, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
I love your version of wine flu * g* and I hope your days now start to get longer as ours now start to get shorter , oh well so far we have had some wonderful weather ..long may it continue.
miwahni: Pros Drunk2miwahni on June 23rd, 2014 10:08 am (UTC)
Days are starting to get longer - gained a whole extra minute today! *g* I hope your good weather continues.
Wine flu sounds better than it feels....
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on June 23rd, 2014 03:44 am (UTC)

Sounds like a lovely Solstice celebration to me, complete with the promise of new life.

miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on June 23rd, 2014 10:10 am (UTC)
It WAS lovely, very peaceful if you could ignore the thunder crashing outside. I considered the lightning to be another form of light. *g*