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Happy New Year 2020

New Year’s dawn

A new year and a new decade … an excellent time for a new start to blogging.

I always feel that the tradition of looking back and looking forward as we head into a new year connects us down the centuries.

The month of January is named after the Roman god, Janus, the door-keeper of the heavens, with his two heads so he could look both forwards and backwards at the same time.

The Celtic Winter Solstice marks the astronomical turning point of the year, when the daylight is at its shortest and the night at its longest here in the Northern Hemisphere. However, astronomers can explain how this doesn’t mean that the days then immediately begin to lengthen as this is controlled by the Earth’s orbit of the sun and varies a bit depending on your exact latitude.

I think of this ’10 Days of Christmas’ period as the time when everything is slightly on pause – including being on holiday from work – making it an ideal time to reflect on where we have been and make plans for where the next year’s adventures will take us.

Happy New Year! May it be a good one!

Peggy

Happy Winter Solstice!

Snowy Winter sunset

Happy Winter Solstice! 😀

I have always thought of Winter Solstice as the pinnacle of dark nights, after which the days grew longer and the nights shorter … until I read this interesting blog post today – I thought I’d share it with you:

http://timnovate.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/myths-about-the-winter-solstice/

The cycle of the seasons is something I feel very much drawn to as part of my keen interest in nature and the natural world. However, it was interesting to learn a little more about the astronomy behind the Winter Solstice.

J Peggy Taylor