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a few lines from one of my poems

outside my window winter gloats
the cherry tree has taken off her coat,
still some leaves to her branches pinned
held tight by Autumns last prevailing winds


the first lines of a poem inspired by the lovely wild cherry tree in my neighbours garden,


I watched a programme about the Stonehenge and they now think it is quite possible that it was built to celebrate the winter solstice not the summer ,

if you think about it they would be much more likely to celebrate the coming of the lighter warmer days
than the summer longest day ?????




The Winter Solstice falls on the shortest day of the year (21st December) and was celebrated in Britain long before the arrival of Christianity. The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing. Oaks were seen as sacred and the winter fruit of the mistletoe was a symbol of life in the dark winter months.

It was also the Druids who began the tradition of the yule log. The Celts thought that the sun stood still for twelve days in the middle of winter and during this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.

Many of these customs are still followed today. They have been incorporated into the Christian and secular celebrations of Christmas.

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Title:The days of the short light
Username:Paree Paree
Uploaded:3 Dec 2013 - 10:49 AM
Tags:Digital art, General, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people, Wildlife / nature
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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2013 - 11:29 AM

Another of your wonderful creations. Agree with views on Sonehenge, it would make more sense. Hope you and your lovely cat are OK. My little friend will make an appearance soon. GrinGrin Peter.

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retec
retec e2 Member 8retec vcard England
3 Dec 2013 - 11:50 AM

Excellent work, once again.

Peter

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2013 - 11:55 AM

A beautiful image and the poem is a delight. Your creativity is always a joy to see.
The Druids had a lot of wisdom, I wish more of it had been handed down. I think they knew more about the nature of the world than most ancient civilizations, and even our modern ones. Their customs have enriched our own modern world.

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9594 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2013 - 12:15 PM

wow thank you Peter so much, for the award
must get round to re-joining e 2

Peter and Joline so agree with you both

have we gained or ?, lost with all out clever knowledge,
I think that is debatable.

(part of another poem)
he saw the silver moon face shine
but not through knowing eyes like mine,
I know its dead, as dust can be,
so who's lost out him or me?......

haven't spent much time on the site lately as I as busy making a scrap book at the moment,
it for my poems and drawing and memories, its in a hard back large book and I am sticking all the pieces onto the blank pages,
its really only for my family although everyone is saying g I should get it published,
its easy getting published that's not a problem, its the selling of it that's the hard bit ha ha



also I have finished 2 rainbow knitted blankets for the save the children,
and my little grandsons, for them I put little knitted pockets on them and put little torches and toys in them with a big fancy button to close them,
and the torches are attached so they wont lose them

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9594 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2013 - 12:43 PM

I have now re-joined e2
and
the uploaded a blanket
will take some more photo's
Wink keep watching lol WinkWinkWinkWink

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2013 - 1:18 PM

A lovely magical image. Are the knitted blankets ones you have made?

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9594 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2013 - 1:23 PM


Quote: A lovely magical image. Are the knitted blankets ones you have made?

yes made them and really enjoyed it
the flowers are from a video u tube the lady crochets and you can keep rewinding.
to follow her

the knitted blanket look complicated but very easy to make
the secret of these blankets is to chose bright colours, or colours that blend together

Last Modified By Paree at 3 Dec 2013 - 1:24 PM

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cabbie
cabbie e2 Member 7cabbie vcard United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 - 5:03 PM

Excellent work Maureen well done indeed

Bob

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2013 - 7:01 PM

Your talents never cease to leave me in awe....

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DonMc
DonMc e2 Member 6DonMc vcard United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 - 7:40 PM

Multi talented Maureen!SmileSmileSmile
Don

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2013 - 8:43 PM

Beautiful image Maureen - and I love your blankets SmileSmile
Helen

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2013 - 11:54 PM

The child and the sphere capture the attention because of the brightness and colour, and I love the wonderment in the face of the child. Her curiosity will make her wise, and the touching of hands will transfer the wisdom.

I haven't celebrated Christmas for over 25 years, Maureen, I want nothing to do with its commercialism.
Give me Yule before it was absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas.
The seasonal significance of the Winter Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days and worldwide many cultures hold a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.
It represents the birth of the Sun, not the Son.


Let There Be Light!

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Deep_Bhatia
4 Dec 2013 - 3:08 AM

Great work Paree.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2013 - 5:11 PM


Quote: Your talents never cease to leave me in awe....

Could not agree more. Gobsmacked.

VERY interesting info about the Druids too. I agree with Joline about it being a pity that more wisdom wasn't passed down. The world could sure do with more wisdom. Understatement Grin

Andrew

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