I hope you have all had a wonderful Winter Solstice and are looking forward to Christmas!!
Leo and I had a beautiful little celebration on Sunday afternoon in the woods. There is a Tufa spring there and we centred our moment around that. I'll try and get a photo of it another day, it wasn't really the right time to take a picture, if you know what I mean!
Two of my closest friends have been staying with us, sharing the solstice and we've had such a lovely time. It's been many years since we've all been together and it brought me a contented peace to have everybody in the same place (must be the collie in me!).
Leo and I made our tree this year from willow and greenery from the woods. It was great fun making it and looked shabby for ages until Leo started stuffing it with green foliage and lights! Then we covered it in some of our decorations.
I made this fairy the first Winter Solstice Leo and I spent together - 8 years ago! It might be pants but it makes us laugh - she always has pride of place! This picture is in the wrong spot on this post! Ooops!
Another fuzzy willow tree picture!!
I had a lovely surprise in the post the other day when my, now, favourite tree decoration arrived in the post! It is a handmade, needle felted little bird from Gretel Parker over at the Middle of Nowhere blog. The little bird is exquisite. I bought a pack of christmas cards from her and everyone I have given one to has been blown away! Gretel is also mastering the art of Gocco printing. I've never seen anything like it before and I love it!
The hanging decoration below is sooOOoo beautiful! I bought it as a gift for someone, but I hung it up and now I don't want to let it go! It was made by an incredibly talented woman over at Faerie Nuff's stuff. When I opened the box I got the scent of christmas wafting up at me!!
My own contribution to Winter Solstice, crafty business is my needle felted holly thing below...
On our solstice walk in the woods I took some pictures of the progress of the flora! These Primrose leaves are so lushious and vibrant.
Then we came across this Primrose which had a bud about to burst!!! We were so ridiculously excited, as you can imagine!
I meant to post about Lord and Ladies last week. I've been watching them popping up all over the woodland recently. I love the spirally way they grow, unwinding.
I can't confirm what this is... anybody?
SNOWDROPS!!!!! There are at least a handful of burst snowdrop flower buds in the woods!
My wishes for your happiness in the coming year!!