20.12.13

In the bleak mid-winter









I've been laid up with a resistant bacterial infection which has made me housebound beyond even what I can bear. So photographing the view from the window is limited by the lens capacity and the increasing greyness of winter.....

I've amused myself by seeing how far I can reach from indoors. The sheep huddling under the hawthorn tree four fields away, swans flying by in the distant sunny sky, seagulls dipping in the fresh lake water for their spa day out. But it's losing it's charm and windy, drizzly weather has started to set in as it typically does around Christmas time.

In December even the most beautiful view can seem empty and forlorn. This carol with words by Christina Rossetti (1872) is my current favourite for feeling deep, mid-winterish and quiet.

Sometimes darker is better.......sometimes nostalgia is a cure......




 In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,

     Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
 Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
            In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
















15 comments:

  1. Many thanks for sharing your wonderful photographic and writing talents. I hope you recover to enjoy the festivities.

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  2. Even these bleak midwinter photos made from indoors are of a special beauty. The sheep under the hawthorn tree is my favourite but the others are also lovely, so are the words by Christina Rossetti.
    Hope your recover soon from this nasty bacterial infection!

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  3. I do hope you get better soon, you have a lovely view from your windows.

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  4. Sorry you have been laid up with an infection. Your views look far from bleak. In the bleak mid-winter has always been my favourite carol too. Hope you've recovered in time for Christmas.
    Sarah x

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  5. An enchantement. These images, each one is a jewel (which could be my favourite?) and the verses of Christina Rosetti... A moment of peace and beauty in the bleak midwinter.

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  6. Your work bears your soul in a most beautiful way. Speedy Recovery.

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  7. I love that carol, but I don't think these photographs are bleak at all, just beautiful. Hope you're feeling better soon xx

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  8. Beautiful views from your room, and I hope you feel better soon. Season's Greetings xo

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  9. Hope you get well soon. Bored is good - you are probably on the road to recovery….

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  10. Sorry to hear you are under the weather, Catherine. Hopefully you will feel better soon! Thank you for the wonderful photos and the extra special treat of the choir song at the end! Just beautiful. It's different than the John Rutter version I am used to but just as lovely. Are you familiar with Rutter?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDcIGRrhHA0

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  11. That has always been one of my favourite carols :)

    I do hope you are on the mend soon, if you're not already mended.

    Happy Christmas Catherine x

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  12. Oh sorry to hear you are poorly. I hope you don't tire of those lovely views too much :)

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  13. Your limits seem to know no bounds Catherine....I wish you health and healing this Christmas so you can go out and explore beyond those windows again! Happy Christmas and may your New Year be brighter!

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  14. I've seen bleaker pics Catherine, but I still like them. My visists have been infrequent of late, having been somewhat sidetracked. But I would like to take this opportunity to wish you an enjoyable and contented Christmas and 2014.

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