Sunday, January 4, 2015

"It was a pretty sight, and a seasonable one, that met their eyes
 when they flung the door open. In the fore-court, lit by the dim 
rays of a horn lantern, some eight or ten little field-mice stood in 
a semicircle, red worsted comforters round their throats, their fore-paws 
thrust deep into their pockets, their feet jigging for warmth. With bright 
beady eyes they glanced shyly at each other, sniggering a little, sniffing 
and applying coat-sleeves a good deal. As the door opened, one of the elder 
ones that carried the lantern was just saying, "Now then, one, two, three!" and 
forthwith their shrill little voices uprose on the air, singing one of the 
old-time carols that their forefathers composed in fields that were fallow 
and held by frost, or when snow-bound in chimney corners, and handed 
down to be sung in the miry street to lamp-lit windows at Yule-time."

We had a nice long break at Christmas, Helen's mother was 
here for the week. We had friends over Christmas Day for 
turkey and a viewing of Alastair Sim in a Christmas Carol but
I wanted to celebrate the season a bit more. This blog is of
course named with a quote from the Wind in the Willows so two
more quotes seemed appropriate. and this cast of characters
has been lovingly assembled over the years to help us
remember to honour Christmas in out hearts, hopefully all
year long.


"He saw clearly how plain and simple — how narrow, 
even — it all was; but clearly, too, how much it all meant 
to him, and the special value of some such anchorage in 
one's existence. He did not at all want to abandon the 
new life and its splendid spaces, to turn his back on sun 
and air and all they offered him and creep home and 
stay there; the upper world was all too strong, it called to 
him still, even down there, and he knew he must return to 
the larger stage. But it was good to think he had this to 
come back to, this place which was all his own, these things 
which were so glad to see him again and could always be 
counted upon for the same simple welcome."

both quotes  from the Wind in the Willows
                                                                by Kenneth Graham


Celeste said...

Happy New Year Guy.
I love all your Christmas ornaments. I smiled when I saw your K9 ornament, I bought one for my hubby this year, we are big Dr Who fans :)

Guy said...

Thanks Celeste

We are huge Who fans here it is nice to know you are as well.