Bare ground or snow covered, the winter woods is magical. I am in my element. Yesterday four deer broused a mossy bank where in any other season they'd be invisible to me. This morning I watched 42 wild turkeys run single file through the woods. Stone walls have reappeared. Shapes, texture, light and shadow. Have you ever listened to the sound of the water bubbling in an icy stream?
It seems impossible that we have finally arrived in a year that once existed in the realm of science fiction. But here we are. It's exciting, to have a new year stretching out ahead, full of possibilities. We've got a few new things planned, tricks up our sleeves. Mostly, we'll see how it rolls. For today, we celebrated the first day by doing what we usually do (weather and location permitting); we went to walk by the sea. I pack snacks and champagne. Today, because it was cold and windy, there was a big pot of soup.. beef with vegetables, barley and mushrooms. We played music and enjoyed the scenery. We ate, walked and ate some more. We saw the sun set over the Atlantic.
Just before sunset, as we headed back to the van, we came across a young doe. She stood about 10 feet off the path eating, totally unafraid of us. We stood watching her for about five minutes. Then the wind finally drove us on. It was a magical moment, in equally magical light.
My wish for this year is that we open our eyes and our hearts to the magic. That we see it when we find it and that we find it often.
Did you know that there are meteors tonight and tomorrow night? Dress warmly.
I can hardly remember.. there was so much to be done.
Cookies! Baked, tested and packed.
Tons of laundry.. washed, folded and almost put away.
Books were loaded onto my phone for travel listening.
I took a beautiful walk in the woods. where else?
It snowed. I had nothing at all to do with that , but it was beautiful and a perfect way to great the first day of winter.
We finished the last episode of Marco Polo. It was hard for me to follow and I finally did some reading to fill in my lack of historical knowledge.
I celebrated by making a batch of wine biscuits, something I haven't done in a long time. I can't imagine why I stopped. I sort of forgot all about them. After finishing the last holiday job last week, we drove up to the hill to buy olives, cheese, bread sticks and wine biscuits. When I finished the last one, I remembered.
This was fun, partly because some of these songs I haven't heard in a while and partly because I've never tried to Shuffle everything on my phone. I shuffle albums, not songs. Here goes.. a fairly eclectic blend, I'd say.
Since Pink Martini got two spots on the random list, I'm including a video of another one of my favorites.
Doncha Go Away Mad Jazz Passengers & Deborah Harry & Elvis Costello
I put a camera on a tree about 20 feet from the corner of the house. I have, as many of you know, been involved in a war with the beavers. They are winning. At the same corner of the house was a huge twenty year old lilac. WAS. Not anymore. I didn't know that beavers would a) come that close to the house b) eat lilac. Now, I know. The second thing that is close to the side of the house, is the woodpile. Beavers had been dismantling the part with the freshly sawed birch logs. I'd found several pieces floating in the pond (before it froze) with all the bark eaten. Curious little buggers. I wanted to catch them in the act. HA!
Here's what I got. That ain't no beaver. This is early evening, I was probably on the other side of the wall, at the sink, in front of the window, unable to see out into the dark...
The three lights in the background are reflections off my parked car. Note, that is 6:08 pm. We'd only just come inside. I think. I've always told Chris that the bears are around, not to worry, just make a little noise so they can tell where we are. Yep. I bet they always know where we are.
This was back in November, but I have been so busy, I never checked the camera, until today. Imagine my surprise.