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Saturday, 11 January 2020

A light in the Darkness


Now just a memory.
We have a Christmas tree. It's kept firmly indoors
Glorious in Summer, the lane weaves its way deep into the countryside meandering between England and Wales, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire. That same lane on a moonless winter’s night is as black as the devil’s armpit and very, very quiet. Take away that solitary light, and the dark is as dense as treacle.

It seems then both brave and apt that during the darkest period of the year, a small cul-de-sac at the bottom of our road becomes a flotsam of colour, a temporary blip in the immensity of night






It also makes it easy to give directions: drive into the country and turn left at Las Vegas. The road ascends in a steep hill and gloom at the top where we live...with our solitary tree.
A Happy New Year to one and all.

2 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

Greg loves to decorate the outside but there's no one to see it here. We do go all out if we're having a party though.

Remind me. I've been saving a Christmas ornament for your tree for 2 years. I wanted to mail it, but it's glass and I wasn't sure it would survive the trip.

Mike Keyton said...

I think it's great to decorate the outside if you're surrounded by darkness, less point, in my opinion if you're in a big city immersed in light pollution. Ref, the tree decoration, that's really kind of you. All of our decorations have been given to us by friends - a lot from our friend in New York, some from Bernadette's Australian relatives, some from our children. It's a nice ritual every year, decorating the tree and remembering family and friendships.