Posted in Culture/History, Personal

Back to January

How I hate to take down the Christmas decorations. Each January it is tough to say goodbye to the green, silver, and red.


My sweet reindeer, resting comfortably once more in their basket in the attic. The tree lights are dimmed and my little evergreen is outside in the cold.

Two weeks of warmth, joy, and freedom rushed by. Monday it is back to normal. Back to work.

But I’ll keep on lighting candles throughout the year! And I put my two friends on the left on top of my bookcase. They’re inseparable! And too cute to be stuffed away.

Welcome to January. 😀

Posted in Photo

Travel theme: Autumn




< For more autumn, visit Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge

Posted in Nature, Photo, Photo challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

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Changing Seasons

Over at WordPress you can see many beautiful photos of the changing seasons – Thank you, Cheri!

Posted in Photo, Poems

Haiku with photo: Girl In Light


in winter’s embrace

to gently unwrap cold claws

and reach for the sun


Photo: Nice Day
Text © Marion

Posted in Animals, Culture/History, Nature, Photo

Winter Solstice! We’re on our way to Spring!

Would you believe me if I told you today is the shortest day of the year? YES! This dark cold freezing wet day is our ticket into spring my friends. SPRING. I can’t wait for the sun to grow stronger, to warm and caress us.

From Wikipedia:
The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 to 23 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 to 23 in the Southern Hemisphere.
Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

Right, it is time for celebrations.

I would like to introduce you to Katie Johnson, who is also celebrating Winter Solstice today. She does that in a very special way. Each day Katie publishes a photo she shoots herself. And each and every photo is a beauty, whether architecture, abstract, flowers, nature or animal. Of course I prefer nature and animals 😉

Let me show you an example:

Special huh?

Today’s photo is titled Happy Winter Solstice.

Katie Johnson is a professional photographer in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her website: Katie’s Camera Blog.

Happy Winter Solstice! Let’s celebrate this special day, made for us by nature. For free.


Posted in Nature, Poems

Spring oh Spring, you are not lost!

Day 13 of the ‘Post A Day 2011′ challenge: What are you looking forward to?

There is only ONE thing that comes to mind when I see heavy rain showers fall down from the skies, and that is spring! How I look forward to this gentle season, being a true child of spring. Did you know it means ‘jump’ in Dutch? New life, gentle air, warm temperatures, opening up, jumping in rebirth! Two years ago I wrote this poem, which says it all…


When leaves drift to the ground
In green, yellow, brown and red
Autumn must be close around
So much beauty is to be had

Bears hiding warm and deep
twitch an ear, breath light
All of nature’s going to sleep
Into a long wintery night

Mushrooms pop up their head
no longer timid, no longer shy
Whole circles form a humid bed
Abundant colors catch your eye

Raindrops ornamenting into lace
Blessing twigs with unique art
Just let the season tease your face
Enjoy all with your heart

Sunlight filters through the haze
Biting cold forgotten for now
Trickling down in tiny rays
Promise of an everlasting vow

That winter will soon set in
Covering the land with frost
But then signs of a new begin
Spring oh spring, you are not lost