Monday, 21 December 2009

The Winter Solstice...some fun..and a day alone!

Well it's the shortest day today... and here we are in a cold Devon...but with no snow!
Apparently, the Winter Solstice happens at 17.47 today, when the North Pole is 23.5 degrees away from the sun.
We don't get much snow in South Devon....but here's a fave photo of my two nephews (and their friend) in their garden in Devon. I would guess in about the year 1986!
This pic has always made me laugh!

If you have any idea about what they might be saying to each other comment!

Meanwhile I got out this, earlier..

It's the only thing which I possess from Fortnum and Mason and I love it!

Oh for one of those hampers!

All the men of the house are away for the day and so I am left to do my own thing..

A little bit of this...

And then tonight, a certain someone will be in my study to hand out small gifts to my pupils!

What a lovely day!



Susie's country cottage said...

I dont feel quite so bad now that you've told me there's no snow in Devon! Oh well, maybe we'll get some on Christmas Day! I love the snowman photo and how nice to have the house to yourself for the day! Hope you enjoy yourself!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Michela said...

Happy baking Sal! I wish I could send you some snow!

Andi's English Attic said...

Back in the 70s I worked just behind F&M. My then boss used to send their hampers as Christmas presents - sadly not to his staff. As I helped him order, I used to think that actually there wasn't a lot in the hamper I would choose to eat. Most of it was too posh and rich for the likes of me! They did however sell the most delicious Black Forest Gateau I have EVER tasted

The Weaver of Grass said...

You sound to be enjoying yourself - hope the day all went as planned and that you had a lovely time. You are welcome to as much of our snow as you can take.

A Country Girl said...

You are welcome to some of our snow - we don't often get this much in Suffolk these days and I have to say its beginning to out stay its welcome!

Simone said...

Lucky pupils! I love the photo too. I think the little one on the right is saying 'it was me, I put it on the snowman's head'!

Ellouise88 said...

Hello. We have lots of ice in Honiton (fell on my bum this morning, ow!). I think they are saying "we made this snowman 'just like that'!" a la Tommy Cooper. Merry Midwinter!

galant said...

I once was sent a F&M hamper, just a small one (but that was a treat, even a small one!) and now that hamper is used on my desk for all those bits and pieces which have no real 'home'! I love it!
Margaret P

Rosie said...

Looks like you had a peaceful baking day without the men of the house to 'test' the final products. Hope you have a very Happy Christmas :)

Wild Rose said...

Sounds like the perfect day Sal ~ enjoy the festivities.

Marie x

Kelly said...

Ah a blissful day!! Love your apron too!!!exatingl

Sarah said...

Days like that are bliss - no men in the house - fantastic!
Have a wonderful Christmas.

Guenievre said...

Hello Sal !
we had a little snow during two days but now all has melted (?)
Your pupils are spoiled children, you're a generous woman.
We spend Xmas with the grandsparents at St Malo so
I wish you now a Merry Christmas with your family. I'm busy to pack all the suitcases (and presents for everyone ...)
Merry Christmas to all !!!

funkymonkey said...

Only a tiny bit of snow here but very very cold. Have agreat Christmas SAl.


Shirl said...

We've got plenty of snow here and its so cold ... wonderful at this time of year! ... :0)

Cowboys and Custard said...

Sounds perfect Sal... though a little sprinkling of snow would be the icing on the cake.
We have had our white Christmas but sadly it is thawing out pretty while it lasted but lethal on these hills..
I think your nephews were saying.."Just like that".. in true Tommy Cooper style seeing as the snowman is looking like a deadringer for Mr Cooper.
Michele xx

twiggypeasticks said...

Your day sounds lovely Sal, what a great photo. I wish you would come up here and read to us, I've just read Twiglet The Night Before Christmas :)
I'm reading my old copy of A Christmas Carol.
Twiggy x

Cally's Cottage said...

We went to a lovely celebration for the winter solstice and the weather was appropriately wintery!!
Merry Christmas Sal, may you and yours be blessed with love and laughter this festive season and all through the year..
Warm Winter Wishes,
Cally x x x