23 January

we have settled down to winter 

here on our rather tiny island

the season's first winter snow storm
will find me at the fireside

piles of books, basket of knitting

and cuppen tae at my fingertips

twilight - and the city of Boston

barely visible on the horizon - night

just beginning to settle over us



 Brigid's Day or Imbolc or candlemas is on 1 February

it is a Gaelic festival that marks the Celtic first day of spring.

around here we will celebrate the half-way point between the dark days of

winter and the light and new growth of spring.

I am preparing red and white candles

and a special dinner for our family.

 I have my first test of the semester on Tuesday.

It is an easy one and I'm sure I will do well.

I think that dawn is my favorite time of day

I love to sit quietly with my tea and watch the sun coming up over the Atlantic

friday finds

friday my town shoot outs

willy nilly friday

sky watch friday

six word friday


  1. Such a sweet post today! I love the idea of the First Day of Spring, and it's a Gaelic festival. Are you Irish? I, too, love the dawn and find it's the best part of the day.

  2. The beach looks amazing. What a gorgeous sunset.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  3. Oh I love your way of writing and your images. I am sure you will do well on the test and enjoy the dinner party. Hug B

  4. Greetings! I'm Maureen visiting you from Six Word Fridays. I'm always happy to find a fellow blogger who delights in simplicity! Enjoyed your words and photos. Happy Weekend!
    :) m & jb (the cat and my muse)

  5. It's my favourite time too - and I spend it on the beach when I'm at home - rain or wind or lovely calm sunrise.
    Good luck on Tuesday.

  6. A cuppa tea, quietly watching the sunrise over the ocean = Heaven! And I love the idea of celebrating the half-way point of dark winter and new spring. I think we'll celebrate that this year as well. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Dear!
    I love your writing! - and pictures!


  8. Beautiful photos...I don't get up early enough to enjoy the sunrise. However sometimes I almost stay up late enough to see it! LOL

  9. What an enchanting place you live. Oh to sit by the fire, knitting beside me, a book in my lap and a cup of tea. Now, that's living.

  10. I would love watching the sun come up over the Atlantic as well.

  11. Visiting from Six Word Fridays ~ I love your images, but I especially appreciate the "Deep peace" blessing. Those words have blessed me deeply.

  12. Lovely photos, with my favorite being the setting sun.

  13. Beautiful photo and shared thoughts!

  14. Dawn is a beautiful time of day for sure! Stay warm by the fire!

  15. I was fascinated to learn about Brigid's Day. The first day of February seems so early for the first day of spring in Celtic tradition. I had never heard of that before, and you make me want to know more. I am up very early this morning, well before dawn, but will get to see the sun come up soon. I do like the break of day very much, as well, and see it seldom.:-) Have a wonderful rest of your day!

  16. Such a beautiful sky! Dreamlike!

  17. spring??!! ahhhh it's not that far away! can't wait! the celebration sounds fun! thank you for linking and have a wonderful day!

  18. This is such a lovely post and beautiful photo. Visiting from six words. The poem or prayer below here is one of my favourites.


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