Saturday, 19 December 2020

Varied weather

I don't think I ever remember a week with such varied weather - one day pouring with rain and the next brilliantly sunny - today is a sunny one with lovely blue sky.   I hope it is the same for John's (Going Gently) planned walk on the beach with friends.  They seem to be getting worse weather over there in Wales this week.

Christmas Day draws ever nearer.   I don't find the prospect of spending it alone at all daunting.   I have the lunch planned, I have unread books, my carers are coming as usual - what's not to like? And all my usual preparations are going ahead a bit at a time.   I have gone through and filed a lot of papers.   All my cards and presents are posted (thanks to various friends and neighbours,) my next job is to polish the Welsh Dresser in the hall with 'real' polish.   I always do this at Christmas before putting some of my cards there.   It means that when you open the front door there is a lovely smell of polish.  Alright - not many folk will be opening the front door this year because of Covid rules - but Santa will because I don't have a chimney.

Finally, if you don't already know - don't forget to look in the night sky on Monday (weather permitting)  as soon as the sun sets.   In the South West you will see Jupiter and Saturn coming together as 'the great conjunction' for the first time since 1623 (and thought probably to be the 'Star of Bethlehem' in earlier times).  Surely a good sign for a better year in 2021. Best viewing time in Britain will be between 4.30pm and 6.00.

21 comments:

Carruthers said...

Do NOT let Santa in. Not only will he have visited everyone else's house -a covid risk- but also there are a lot of scammers going round this year dressed as Santa. Remember, Santa Claus will NEVER ask what you want to buy your grandchildren for Christmas and will certainly NEVER ask you for your bank details.

Minigranny said...

I can almost smell the polish ! Glad that you're getting some sun - so are we at the moment though we got wet through going to the bakery this a.m. Hoping for fine weather to be able to see that star.

Debby said...

Carruthers made me laugh out loud! That is hilarious!

We will have a quiet Christmas too. It seems strange to me, but I will be honest, I'm still looking forward to what the day will bring.

My daughter bought a very nice telescope for her husband's birthday, and they will spend the evening watching the skies for that very thing. It's been disappointing that there has been so much cloud cover since he opened the gift.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Carruthers - I am well able to cope with scams and I shall insist Santa wears full protective gear, (deorated for the festive season of course)

Rambler said...

Thank you for the reminder about the planets, but as the heavy rain and dark clouds seem like permanent fixtures here, I have my doubts about seeing them, unfortunately. Water is cascading off the Moor (I live in Cornwall on the edge of Bodmin Moor) and turning the lanes into rivers - all routes in and out of our village are impassable until the Council and the Fire Brigade can clear the blockages of soil, debris and trees. I feel so sorry for the sheep, whose fleeces are soaked and heavy; the poor animals are exhausted as there's very little shelter. The cattle and ponies stand around, heads low, looking miserable as they wait for their farmers to bring food.

Beachcomber said...

Thanks for the reminder to look in the night sky on Monday Pat.
I'm sure that you will be able to enjoy themselves of polish.
I always do. It makes me feel very virtuous!
Here our Chief Minister ( Prime Minister) has had to issue a statement saying that Father Christmas has been given an exemption certificate to travel here because lots of children were anxious that he might not be allowed to come over.
Sue

JayCee said...

I love the smell of beeswax furniture polish. I am not sure why but it makes me feel warm and fuzzy!
Carruthers made me laugh.

angryparsnip said...

Monday is Sons Birthday and we hope to see the Star.

Bonnie said...

Oh how I love the smell of freshly polished furniture! I know your dresser will look wonderful with all your cards decorating the top. Thank you for the reminder of the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. I must check and see when it can be seen where I live.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you everyone.

Granny Sue said...

Yes, the smells of cleaning, waxing, polishing all go together for me at Christmas. And oranges and pine, love them all. I will be out to watch the sky Monday night--it is supposed to be somewhat clear here. Fingers crossed. it's quite dark where I live, no close neighbors, town or city lights, so the view should be beautiful.

Heather said...

I always like to have a good clean and polish session before putting up decorations or cards. Then after Twelfth Night I have another one! Glad you are all ready for Christmas. I am too - only the last minute fresh fruit, vegs and milk to get next Wednesday. I have plenty of books to read, favourite dvds to watch and other hobbies to catch up with. It might be an unusual Christmas but it wont be at all unpleasant.
I hope to see the planets on Monday but usually when there is anything interesting in the night sky we have cloud cover, but you never know.

Susan said...

Newly polished wood furniture looks and smells so good. Christmas will be different for us all. I am glad you are ready for the holiday. Like others, I plan to bring friends and family together for a celebration when it is safe for all. Thank you for the reminder about Jupiter and Saturn.

Joanne Noragon said...

You are too kind to guests, but thank you. Polished furniture smells so nice.

The Feminine Energy said...

Yes, the Christmas Star! I'm glad you mentioned it. There's a lot to be said for being home alone & safe this Christmas. Next year will be different, for sure. ~Andrea xoxo

donna baker said...

I saw them this evening and they were very close. I was surprised they didn't appear to be brighter. Hope for the 21st to be clear.

thelma said...

Funnily enough waxing the furniture with beeswax reminds me of doing the same to saddles and bridles. The leather becoming soft under one's fingers, as the smell of polish and the oil of course feeds the wood..

Librarian said...

That reminds me - I meant to polish my side boards in the living room, too, the smell is so nice and it does the wood good.
Thank you for telling us about the Great Conjunction, I didn‘t know about it and hope it will be visible over here, too.
Your Christmas sounds peaceful quiet and cosy.

The Weaver of Grass said...

In one sense we are all old friends here in blogland so never alone.

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