Yep, last night we had the longest night of the year.
I had planned to write a very nerdy post on solstices and astronomy, and ancient practises, but pfff, can’t be bothered.
Let’s talk about fun-stuff!
Most important first fun thing: From now on the days will get longer again, and the nights shorter. I am tired of having to put the lights on at three o’clock. Or even noon.
Second fun thing: I got a box of presents from a mystery friend somewhere in one of these hot countries with lots of sand. 😀
There are three pretty sachets full of smelly stuff you can put into your commode and drawers.
Two very pretty candles, a beautiful photo frame. A lovely vanity mirror with embroidered cover,
A very beautiful silver box with a swivel lid, containing a gorgeous perfume from Mecca!!!
Hmmmm yummy! And a card with beautiful wishes, making me very happy!
Thank you very much, mystery friend 😀
Next fun thing: I have put up a (totally pagan) Christmas tree for the first time since.
I have an extensive collection of glass ornaments and birds, and I always look for a scrawny tree to set them off 🙂
My birds! I have them all in pairs, I don’t want any of them to be without mate 🙂 I give them more beautiful tails and decorations. I also like to paint and decorate my baubles
This white bird is a very old one from my mother.
Although for the last few years a colour-coördinated tree has become more fashionable, in my early childhood trees were only to be decorated with silver. Any colour was considered very bad taste.
I never mind bad taste myself
Fourth fun thing: I have been working very hard for the last few days to get my tree in, decorate (and clean, and tidy) my house, buying good stuff to eat, and cooking. I have been inviting a few friends for a small but delectable dinner. 😀
We started with one of my fool-proof soups, but I forgot to make a photo. I had laid the table with silver and black.
After the soup we had some hors d’ouvres. To drink I made saudi champagne (bedu’s recipe, and very much liked by my guests)
I made two different pasta’s, a new kind of very small and fine lettuce, with my favorite vinaigrette. (I always make my own vinaigrette’s)
For desert: strawberries dipped in molten chocolate, yummie!
And from now on the days are getting longer again! I’m happy in the prospect!