Monday, December 5, 2011
Winter arrived on our Island today, covering the land with a light blanket of snow. Magical - beautiful - fun - we embraced our first snowfall of the year.
But the darkness is never far away at this time of year, and the days grow ever shorter. It is good, then, to draw the blinds and find the warmth and light within.
Come in and sit by the hearth and warm yourself. Throw another peat on the fire - there is plenty in the creel there.
Ah - that's better. Look at those flames, how they crackle and burn. For over three thousand years this precious black earth has been part of this land. Three thousand times the sun. So much has happened in that time - so many peoples, civilisations and souls have come and gone. David was King of the Israelites; Tutankamen reigned and died, leaving his treasure for us to find so many centuries later; iron was still unknown, and bulls still played in the Labyrinth of Knossos. Kings and courtiers* rising and falling over time and space All that history blazing up in front of us, spiralling upward in its fragrant smoke. Yet the Earth endures it all. It supports us, feeds us, warms us, and takes us back into it's bosom - regenerating.
It is good to think of these things and to give thanks.
*The Star o' Rabbie Burns (Thomson and Booth)