Not the very best robin pic you ever saw, possibly, but not bad considering it was taken through a double-glazed door. We spent Christmas with my parents in Henley which, weirdly, really was one of the snowiest places. As we travelled down from Gloucestershire on the 24th, we decided that there must have been a big thaw since we spoke on the phone the previous day - until about 5 miles from Henley when suddenly fields were completely white and the road was bordered by those small banks of re-frozen snow and slush that you get when roads have been cleared but temperatures have not risen. This was a totally different landscape from the one we had left in Gloucestershire, in a reversal of the normal distribution of snowy, icy weather. The main road might have been cleared, but residential roads certainly weren't and we had some trouble getting off the cul-de-sac onto the driveway. Christmas day was sunny and the thaw was certainly under way but there had been plenty of snow and so we had a traditional-looking White Christmas.
I've always felt that the week between Christmas and New Year is a season all of its own. It's one I really like, though I don't get to spend it quite the same way as I used to now that I live with someone else. There is a level of consciousness which hovers about the line between conscious and subconscious where one finds ideas and feelings which are recognised if thought about but operate anyway if they're not thought about. For me, ideas, feelings and resonances about seasons are in this place. Below is a list that belongs to this particular season. It's a list of things I like to do during this week. Maybe it will ring some bells with you too.
- Tidy the filing cabinet and weed stuff out
- Re-print my filofax address pages
- Read more than I usually find time to
- Eat goodies like fudge, chocolate and Turkish Delight
- Listen to music
- Write down ideas for new shapes for pottery
- Rootle through my cuttings box
- Tidy sewing stuff
- Make lists of meals I want to make
- Make lists of friends I want to invite for meals
- Make some new clothes
- Go through piles of old magazines
- Make lists of things I want to do in the coming year
- Reorganise files on computer