Winter Solstice



Around the radiant fireplace

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,

Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,

Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air

Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,

And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.

The sled and traveler stopped, the courier’s feet

Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit

Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed

In a tumultuous privacy of storm…




Another Winter storm today in Quimperland…with gusts of over 90 km/h, we are huddled inside by our radiant fireplace. We hope you have warmth and shelter and light on this shortest day of 2018 in the northern hemisphere, and happy first day of summer to our friends south of the equator!



12 thoughts on “Winter Solstice

  1. Oh, how much I love this day. Short, busy and ending with making our beast bough. A quick trip to the barn to wish our sheep and donkey health through the coming year followed by snuggling in the house with a large cup of hot chocolate and a slice of spiced apple pie.
    We hope you lovely Hitty ladies have a cozy time in front of your fire too.
    Jenni and the N-Q Hitty girls xx

  2. What a cozy scene..the girls in their warm flannel frocks and rocking chairs….and a fireplace! We are hoping for a mild winter . And the poem is one of my favorites. ..thank you.

    • So far we haven’t had a lot to complain about – we were not one of the hundreds of thousands of households that lost power in the storm! The Hittys and I are grateful (though we could keep warm and cook on the wood stove in a pinch!)

  3. Indeed a precious scene. This shortest day has brought hurdles of rain here…and grass showing again. Snow would be more normal…but it seems we aren’t getting it any time soon. I do wonder how Santa will manage…maybe he decided he’d join the girls by the fire…

    • Goodness – what strange weather you are having…Santa is indeed welcome to spend as much time as he needs here recuperating by the fire! We even have some cookies, and eggnog with a little something added if he likes!

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