It looks like January. It feels like January. And we haven’t even entered December yet.
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Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
A “Santaland” is built up in the town square for December. Santa himself is still sleeping, but activity might increase as we get closer to Christmas. In the tent, reminding of a Lapp cot, hot drinks are served.
In front of the old town hall, big Advent candles are lighted (one for each Sunday, or in this case Saturday, before Christmas). Advent hymns are sung by choirs from the different churches. To the fountain in the middle of the square, a special winter decoration has been added to replace the usual running water.
Shopping is encouraged by extra Christmas markets held both indoors and outdoors. The yellow wooden building is one of few remaining wooden houses in town (most were destroyed in fires long ago). It is used for art classes and other study circles, and sometimes exhibitions and markets.
For more mosaics, visit Mary’s Little Red House.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
I’m not sure how widespread the tradition is in other countries, but here many people put up an Advent star in their windows this time of year. The origin is of course the star that according to the Gospel of Matthew (Ch.2) was seen by Magi (“wise men”) from the East at the birth of Jesus.
“… and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and or myrrh.”
For more reflection photography, visit Weekend Reflections at Newton Area Photo.
Friday, 26 November 2010
My favourite tea shop.
They also sell coffee; but I am a tea person...
Besides tea and coffee, they also offer other temptations
to go with it: Bread, biscuits, chocolate, candy…
Whether you’d like to buy someone a gift, or the materials to get busy yourself,
this arts & crafts shop is a good place to start looking for inspiration.
“HeartRoom” - a shop for interior design and garden decorations.
A place to go if you’re looking for that “little extra”.
My town does not really have a “main street”.
There are several streets lined with shops in the town centre.
Today the town square was all set up with extra Christmas market stalls.
(Old town hall/district court in the background. )
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
“Snow is nothing but annoyingly icy frozen water stuff
that falls out of the sky at inconvenient times.”
~ from Gilmore Girls, Season 5 ~
(Photoshop Filter Artistic/Sponge for enhanced effect)
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
My post for Friday My Town Shoot Out
Spring Temptation: Tulips
Summer Temptation: Strawberries and Ice Cream
Autumn Market Temptation: Sweets and Toys
Winter Temptation: All Kinds of Christmassy Things…
And Books! But they come into a special, more long-lasting category of temptations…
All Year Round Temptations: Spending and Hoarding…
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
I was able to upload a post from WLW without problems to my other blog, The Island of the Voices.
Now I'm going to post this without picture just to see if that works.
Monday, 15 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
November afternoon sky in town (view from my balcony)
Left: Birch tree “block of apartments” for town birds! (picture taken about one month ago)
Right: Three weeks ago, the birches in a town cemetery still in their golden autumn glory.
Below: Last Sunday: Defoliated birch forest out in the countryside; and “country cottage” bird house.
Batik art by my mother’s father back in 1973.
Going out to my parents’ old house, I got off the bus a couple of stops early,
and took a roundabout walk through the woods to get there.
Just having viewed the birch trees through my camera lens outside,
as I entered the empty house I was struck by a very similar view
hanging there on the wall to greet me.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Look left… Look right…
Okay. We can cross.
Now, prepare yourself for the scary part…
Are you ready?
I know we’re supposed to have left Halloween behind us…
you never know what might turn up…
Here it comes…
(I’ve given you enough warning, now, haven’t I?)
Collage made from the two pictures below:
As for what kind of animal, I’m puzzled.
It seemed quite small to me, so rabbit or hare was what first came to mind.
But not at all sure about that; and even less so after comparing pictures on the web.
Any wildlife forensic experts out there in the cyberspace…?
DawnTreader's Picture Book Archive
- Early Winter
- Mosaic Monday: Christmas Market Collages
- The Star
- Favourite Shops
- Light A Candle
- Snowstorm in November
- It’s Snowing
- Frozen Fire
- More Foggy River Reflections
- Fog On The River
- Mosaic Monday: November Beach
- Earth, Wind, Water and Fire
- High Over My Head – The Birch Trees And The Sky
- Over the Railroad, into the Woods… and Boo!
- The Old Bridge
- Stone Circle
- Mirror Of Legend
- Rush Hour In The Cemetery
- All Saints
- I Could Have This On My Wall…
- River Reflections
- Mosaic Monday: Frosty Gold
- ▼ November (24)
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'Blog of the Week' from Brett @ 365 to 42, 9 November 2009.
From Scriptor Senex @ Rambles From My Chair, 22 November 2009
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