It’s the first day of meteorological winter, apparently. The weather is suitably cold and the bird bath frozen solid. A cock pheasant has been patrolling the garden this morning, adding some brilliant colour to the wintry scene. Melissa Harrison’s lovely anthology Winter is back by my bedside and it’s now decent, IMO, to mention Christmas. My Jacquie Lawson advent calendar has been activated.
I’ve dug out the Christmas display china and some of it is in the dishwasher right now. No decorations for me for quite a while but I may put up the advent candles on Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent.
Word of the day from The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities is ‘obstrigillation, the action of opposing or resisting; an act of defiance … a word dating from the early 1600s in English … its roots lie in a Latin word, strigare meaning to come to a halt.’
I don’t know why winter makes me think of medieval scenes, but it always does.
This picture from here.