24 December 2016



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 Jesus, who kept him safe and whose birthday they shared. 



  1. PERFECT post for this day, Valerie! It is sooooooooooo beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    Hope you're having a VERY Merry Christmas, my friend!

    X to you and Charlie!

  2. Thanks, Ron. The day is almost over but it has been peaceful. Many memories but mostly good ones, as it should be. Hope your day went well... Ooh I forgot... yours is only half way through. Have a happy one, best wishes from Charlie and me.

  3. Beautiful words & heartwarming thoughts....Thanks , Valerie.

  4. what a lovely post and photo Val. one of the nicest Christmas posts I've seen this season.

    I wish you a bright and hopeful New Year and all the best to you. Can you believe it's almost 2017??

    Hugs and take care, G

  5. Thanks, Geraldine. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year. To answer your question.... yes, the year has flown by.

  6. I hope you holiday season is a great one. Enjoyed your inspired writing fro the snow fall in the woods. Have a great new year, doing the things you like to do most.

  7. Happy New Year!! How's 2017 looking so far?

    1. I'll let you know, Matt. Hope we all have a good one.


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