In the bleak mid winter is one of my favourite carols along with Silent Night. I love the words and the tunes to both.
Yet I don’t love the bleak mid winter in fact winter is by far my least favourite season. Especially after the past few years. I hear the weather forecasters with their predictions of another harsh winter with dread.
So I wasn’t in the best of moods as the clocks went back last Sunday. And as the 31st October dawned my mood got worst. I hate Halloween and it heralding the start of winter does not improve my emotions on the start of the new season. Why do we celebrate this macbre event with such glee? We sigh at the news of yet another murder or horror on the news. And then happily celebrate ghosts and ghouls.
So my first few days of Winter were spent moaning and counting the days till Spring and our month of Summer in April. As a optimist (well most of the time). I then decided to look at the pro’s for winter.
I decided hot water bottles and being snug in bed with a good book is a plus. Sitting by the fire watching Merlin with the kids and lots of cuddles is also a plus. Plus I love winter food pork belly and mash. Sticky Toffee pudding and so forth yummy. And I have always had a thing for boots so another plus.
So I was trying to embrace the season. And then we had two glorious Winter days that perhaps are even better than summer. The colours were stunning with deep blue skies and yellow sun complementing the late autumn colours.
And the next winter festival arrived Bonfire night. For the first time ever we went out as a family to a firework display in Roxburgh invited by friends who live there. Setting by the Tweed was idyllic. If you were to stage the perfect bonfire this would be it. We were on one side of the Tweed with a huge bonfire and the village of Heiton was on the other side. As fireworks were set off across both sides of the Tweed, the kids enjoyed their first ever sparklers and my son munched into a toffee apple. I could see the good in winter. And as yesterday dawned another beautiful day and we walked again by the Tweed and saw at first hand the beauty of winter nature. I realised it’s the same in any season its the dark and grey days I dread. But winter like any season has it’s own unique colour. You just need to make sure that you make the most of it.
So I start this week having topped up my vitamin D, spent a great weekend with friends and family. I’m in good form. Just hope the snow that hit the USA doesn’t hit us anytime soon.