Our friends down the road hosted a winter solstice party to welcome back the sun. It had been rescheduled from Dec. 21 because we got a big snowstorm. Luckily for us, we didn't get very much freezing rain, like they did west and north of us, but instead over 2 days we got 40 cm of snow. Lucky? I guess...
One of the traditions at Winter Solstice is to have a bonfire and, if you like, you can burn something you want to get rid of in your life.
On our way to the fire there was a snow dog.
I didn't really have anything to burn this year but it was fun to have a glass of wine in the great outdoors and keep warm by the fire.
It was fairly "balmy" out with a temperature of -8C.
Looking back at the house, I love the way the light reflected on the trees in the backyard. Here's wishing all my bloggy friends and readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and hoping you don't have anything to burn at winter solstice 2014!
My friend Kathy called and told me about her granddaughter Eden turning 10 and how this was the first year she wasn't able to visit the farm and pick apples from her special tree. So, instead, her birthday cake would feature "her" apple tree along with her best bud, her doggie Fifi. Happy 10th birthday Eden.
Last Friday was Richard's birthday so we celebrated with a few cupcakes.
On Saturday night we had a small birthday celebration with a few friends and for that I made him a cake. This one was a cake with a typographical flair, the image from chocolate fondant pressed into antique wood type blocks I have ... perfect for a reporter, I thought. I highlighted the date of his birthday in edible gold paint.
He loved it!
I especially loved what each individual piece looked like.