23 December 2010


The scene beyond the rustic garden gate was like a Christmas card. Outside the ivy laden cottage a robin was perched in a holly bush. A recent snowfall covered the thatched roof like oddly shaped clumps of cotton wool. Leaded light windows reflected the orange flames from the fire. Beneath those windows, a wooden wheelbarrow filled with logs. The bare beech tree looked strangely out of place, dull brown when everything else was highly coloured. The cottage door, as red as the holly berries, was adorned by a festive wreath. The door was ajar and inside could be seen a Swedish Pine of mammoth proportions ablaze with twinkling lights. And the aroma that emanated from within was of turkey, slowly roasting.

In the snow-packed lane, an elderly itinerant peered over the boundary hedge, white unkempt hair wafting skywards in the biting wind. With ice-cold fingers he smoothed it over his crown then pulled his shabby grey coat closer to his chest. The motions were entirely mechanical for he was truly not conscious of the cold. He had no need of fires or Christmas fare for his soul was warmed through with love for the Lord God, who kept him safe and whose birthday today they shared.


  1. smiles. a wonderful vignette..i hope you have a wonderful christmas and stay warm yourself...

  2. Beautiful. Merry Christmas, Val.

  3. Bellissima, Valerie!

    The ending was so touching!

    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas, dear lady!

    Thank you for your presence here in blogland!

    So glad we met!


  4. Absolutely beautiful, dearest Val!! Just stopping by to wish you the Merriest of Christmases!! Love you!! ~Janine xoxo

  5. Thanks, Brian. I'll try and keep warm.

    Merry Christmas to you too, Mr V. Just you keep an eye on Miss Houston!

    Merry Christmas to you, Ron. Ciao, baby.

    Hi Janine, thanks for popping in. Have a Merry Christmas and a good rest!

  6. Hi Valerie,

    Have a lovely Christmas.I have been reading in the news papers it is unusually cold there.The photo is excellent and the write up interesting too.

  7. Beautiful. I hope your Christmas was special Valerie. x


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