Marry the night

20 Dec

Here is the challenge: rather than shiver in fear at the ever-present dark, or whine about it one more second, take a walk in the early twilight and look for anything lovely.  Enjoy it.

This was the view looking up at the sky at 3pm.

A little dreamy, but all in all, mostly grim.

Walking through the neighborhood:

The wet streets reflect the lights of cars and lamp-posts, giving everything a sparkling quality, very pleasing.

Even the mud puddles can join in the reflecting reflective fun:

One of the many local churches rises up from the houses.  I don’t want to stop noticing that I’m surrounded by cool and interesting architecture, even when it’s ‘just’ the church on the corner I pass almost every day.

There are Christmas lights, but — maybe it’s just this neighborhood? — they are private.  There’s a certain delight in wandering the streets and peeking in to windows to see trees and light displays.  But the message is clear: family and friends only.

(Am I the only one thinking, “Knock knock mofo“?)

Well, that’s just random:

Love the car:

The shops are done up for the season:

There’s a sense of ‘Anytown’ here — looks like any of a dozen towns I’ve visited or lived in — although I’ll point out that this is just before 4pm in the afternoon.  I want to curl up with a hot cocoa or mulled cider, but it isn’t even close to dinner time yet.

At the top of this shopping street, a tree of lights:

And … ok, fine, I give up, how can you not be filled with cheer and an appreciation for twinkling lights when you see this:

And what a lovely sight — home —

Well, how did I do?  I’m not sure I’ve embraced the eternal twilight of a British winter, but I had a cheerful walk and filled my cup with glittering twinkles and pretty shadows.  Not bad.  Solstice is two days away.  I think I’ll make it.

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10 Responses to “Marry the night”

  1. Ruth December 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Beautiful! You even made it look inviting to me, and I’m a tropical girl through and through.

    • Monique December 21, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      Good for a visit, anyway — maybe not a permanent change. =)

  2. Jeanne December 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Your photos show why the British make such a deal of the Christmas season. They need the lights! And the Pantomimes, evidently.

    • Monique December 21, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      Yes exactly! And the lights are that much brighter for the constant twilight. (We’re going to the Panto next week — can’t wait!)

  3. Zazzy December 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    It’s just beautiful! Thank you for the glimpse into your world. I like, by the way, the starkness of the first photo. Nice contrasts.

  4. krisgal December 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Oh wow! Excellent photos Monique!

    • Monique December 24, 2011 at 9:00 am #

      Nothing compared to you (and Sarah) — but thanks!

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