Friday, 11 December 2009

Season's Greetings from the farm.


Post early for Christmas is the message from the Royal Mail, so I have posted my Christmas cards for here on the mainland - ones for abroad went a week ago. So today I am posting our chosen card for this year on my blog. We have been into Bedale and as it usually looks so Christmassy there I took my camera - guess what? - thick fog by the time we reached the place.
So here is our Christmas Card for 2009 - and I post it wishing all my blogland friends a wonderful build up to Christmas, a happy time with family and friends over the festive season and a very happy 2010. The photograph was taken by me in February 2009 - the farmer is feeding the sheep in deep snow. It is not a very good quality photograph but it was a very dull, grey day and I think it conveys the feeling of Winter. Marmalade rose asks if the farmer demanded a fee for posing - the answer to that is no he didn't, I think he was flattered to be used for despatching to various parts of the globe.
Merry Christmas one and all.

27 comments:

Karen said...

This is a lovely card... catches the essence... and the man :-)

Mary said...

This is gorgeous, Weaver! I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas, and blessings in the new year. :)

Bernie said...

I have just read all your recent posts. You write such interesting things. so eclectic (sp.) in content and so well written. You truly are a poet even when you are not writing poetry. Lovely description of that morning when when you were looking out the windows. Loved the use of "the farmer" in regard to your husband. He is, isn't he?
I love to hear about your life.

Have a Blessed Christmas and keep on enjoying your life. It shines.

Michael said...

A Very Happy Christmas to you and yours Weaver.
The photograph is an absolute delight.

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Weaver,

What a lovely photograph! I love the color palette. It would be a great photo to paint. The two sheep in the foreground appear to know that they are going to be highlighted for your Christmas Card, they seem to be posing for the camera. This photo is really the essence of the season to me.

Pondside said...

No wonder you chose that photo for your card. The mist gives the whole scene an 'otherworldliness' that I find very appealing. I think, too, that it gives me a sense of what it will look like outside of your house on Christmas Day.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for your Christmas wishes! Very beautiful to post a photo of a shepherd and his flock!

Jenn Jilks said...

How beautiful! We are currently a snow watch and Snow Emergency has been declared!!! We're not going into town for ANY mail!

PurestGreen said...

What a quaint and wonderful card. It perfectly captures the romantic aspects of rural life.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for the charming blog Christmas card!
Yes, it looks beautiful and beastly chilly.
It is below freezing here today with a howling gale off the Hudson.
I took the dog to the dog run for an hour this morning
which I consider above and beyond.
I nearly wept with misery.
All best wishes

Bob said...

I think the farmer is taking over this blog what with playing Photographer in Leyburn and now being a super model, and looking at that picture I reckon he already has more followers than you Weaver!! I guess his reward is that he gets to travel the world, even if its not in person. Bob

Heather said...

Beautiful card Weaver and it reminds us 'softies' that there are people working out in the cold while we can sit in our warm homes and enjoy the picture. Thankyou for your Christmas message - I wish the same for you and yours.

Pam said...

Tell the farmer that your blog card is much appreciated here in Australia, where the wonderful scene and chilly weather is so very different to our own at this time of year. It really does speak of an English Christmas. xx.

Dick said...

There's a subtle balance of colour and monochrome in the photo. A perfect contemporary Christmas card.

Elisabeth said...

As my mother would say, 'it makes me cold to look at it,' your photo that is, namely the weather, not the sentiment.

It's a terrific picture and as so many others have said here, it conveys such a wealth of meaning, about your life, your farmer and you.

Thanks and have a lovely Christmas, but Christmas is still several days away, you make it sound like it's tomorrow, or maybe that's just my reading of it and I haven't done any preparations yet, not even put up a tree.

There's too much conflict in my household over that. A divided family, half want to decorate an olive tree in a pot, the other half want the traditional bought fir tree that almost reaches the ceiling.

Such conflict means that not a lot happens. Ahh such is life, especially at Christmas.

DJ said...

Friend, I think this lovely scene deserves the honor of a poet's pen.
And you're just the poet to pen it...
I'll be waiting...

Merry Christmas to You & Yours from 'Cross the Pond!

Titus said...

Making me feel bad about the cards, Weaver, but the photograph makes up for it. What a superb picture - in every way.

BT said...

I absolutely love your Christmas Card Weaver, it's so evocative of where you are and farming in the Winter.

Studio Sylvia said...

Weaver, I always enjoy reading your posts - thought provoking and entertaining. What a lovely image to convey Christmas - The farmer bringing gifts. I wish you many blesings this festive season, Weaver. Thank you for your wishes.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

I love your card! Thank you for all the good wishes. Season's greetings go out to you and yours too. Be well.

Cloudia said...

A wonderful card!
Makes me feel holiday-ish.


Aloha, Friend!


Comfort Spiral

Arija said...

Thank you Weaver dear, a lovely card indeed.
You asked about our Leicester sheep, they have broad white faces
with noses touched with black and delightful black eyeliner as well as a dark line just in from the edge of their ears. their feet are also black. Their wol is not quite as coarse and almost as curly as that of the Lincolns. They are very caring and dedicated mothers as well. Here they are called English Laicesters although I have no idea what other Leicesters they could be.

Hildred and Charles said...

Lovely wishes Weaver, and a beautiful photo of the Shepherd and the sheep that makes me feel quite nostalgic.

Charles and I wish you a and the Farmer a blessed and happy Christmas.

Golden West said...

Thank you for the warm holiday greeting and for sharing your delightful card - it really does capture the essence of winter, Weaver!

Wishing you and yours all the blessings of the season and a healthy, prosperous and happy new year.

Jane Moxey said...

Thank you for the lovely card -- what a beautiful and tender photograph. I wish you a very merry Christmas and a spectacular New Year!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a charming card for Christmas! I know everyone on your list will be thrilled to receive this!

Linda said...

I love this Christmas greeting you've posted, Weaver. On one hand it is warm and wooly, on the other hand it is white and wintry. I love the monochromatic palate
of the scenery.
"There were shepherds, abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks...."
You must be the angel, Weaver! Have a very happy Christmas season on the farm, and a joyous New Year.