Thursday 23 December 2010

Christmas night

After a day of grey skies, heavy cloud and almost continuous snow, we have a night of clear skies with a full moon. The result, of course, is a significant drop in a temperature which has already not risen much above freezing all day, turning our ungritted side streets into rivers of ice.

Moonlight streaming down,
Peeps through trees with frosted fronds.
Cold, clear Winter night.

Fortunately, I don't think I need to use the car at all tomorrow :)

I wonder if the moon was shining that first Christmas night, when a young girl and her betrothed sank gratefully into the shelter of a stable, after a long and arduous journey.

Full moon, hanging, still
Shadowed patches, quiet eyes
Silent watcher waits.

And what a wonderful end to the waiting!

I'm linking this post to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday with many thanks for the privilege of being part of such a brilliant meme and 'meeting' with such a great bunch of people. Happy Christmas to one and all and a special "Thank you!" to Jenny for being such a fantastic host.


  1. Lovely words for the season.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

  2. What a beautiful post! Your pictures are amazing.

  3. Fantastic photos to go along with your wonderful words. Thank you!

  4. I love the images this post paints.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas and Happy 2011!

  6. I loved this post. I bet that she had to be frightened. She was traveling to a town that she ididn't know and didn't have a place to stay and was going through labor...on a donkey's back. Mary was a blessed woman.

  7. Such lovely, lovely words to accompany your equally lovely photos, H! What a treat!

  8. Wonderful pictures! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Have a great Christmas, Nan

  9. Fantastic photos of the moon.

    Have a wonderful holiday with your family!

  10. The moon has been beautiful over here too! Merry Christmas from this side of the world to yours.

  11. Very nice shots ! the moon is always so romantic !

  12. Just finished watching The Nativity on BBC - and it really brought home that it wasn't easy for that young couple with their baby.
    My best wishes to you, and to those you love, for a very happy, peaceful and blessed Christmas.

  13. Haiku heaven, H. So you get to see the moon over the big pond too. Who knew?

  14. lovely moon shots .... and such beautiful words to go with them!

  15. This post has left me speechless. Your words are in perfect rhythm with these amazing pictures and thoughtful time of year.

    I am always so honored that you share these posts with us here.

    Your words are so often a blessing to me.

    Thank you for that.