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Friday, December 21, 2018

December 21st Winter Solstice, Antique Postcard, Solstice Books

Hello! Today, December 21st, is the shortest day of the year... the inter Solstice...

the first official day of winter...


So my antique postcard today, isn't a Christmas postcard, but for the First Day Of Winter...


From the 1920s...


With that in mind, I always bring out 2 books tea read during this week, slightly interrupting my Christmas book reading...


I love Rosamund Pilcher's books... and this one, Winter Solstice is no exception. A tale...not unlike the feelings many have at the darkest day of the year...that things will never get better or be brighter again...replaced by hope, joy, light and new beginnings.
It's set in Cornwall and Scotland and makes you laugh and cry.
Written in 2000


This next one is Death Of A Fool by Ngaio Marsh centered around the English Morris dancing traditions in a remote village with strong feudal remnants and a gem of an "undiscovered" solstice dance/morris/mummers survival that includes murder in the best English cozy tradition with Scotland Yard Chief Superintendant Roderick Alleyn.


Morris dancers side in Trafalgar Square, London a few years ago... we have also seen them in Bourton-on-the-Water and a few other places.

Anyway, the book was written in 1957, and totally fun and charming.


And thanks to Canadian friend, blogger and photographer Pamela Gordon
who gave me permission to use her photo! 
Love it!


Happy Winter Solstice!


And, ready for a cuppa and a mince pie!

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