Christmas

White Christmas

Waterford got plenty of snow last winter. Everything looked so neat.

In the beginning, the falling snow melted after touching the ground. After a month, it started to stay longer and longer.

I am pretty sure that this House of Waterford Crystal employee didn’t have ‘shoveling snow’ in his job description.

After a couple of days like that, people started storing bread and milk.

Then the storm came.

The following morning Waterford was all white and desolate.

I walked right in the middle of the former streets.

South Kilkenny on the other side of River Suir also looked quiet.

I walked past the Rice bridge with my bag of bird seed and apples, cleared the snow from the places with the bird tracks, and tossed a good few handfuls on the ground. Two bridges were barely visible through the falling snow.

Back in town, I learned that Centra across the bus station was the only shop that was open. By the size of the queue outside the shop I could tell that people ran out of bread already.

Reginald Tower has seen snow before. At least in 1987.

When I tried to walk through the smaller streets, sometimes I had to turn back – the drifts were higher than my knees. I know it sounds pathetic to the readers from Canada or Norway.

The other half of my apples went to the flock of cute visitors from Iceland – Redwings.

The storm doesn’t calm down, and I am sorry for the little Redwings. On a day like this, it is nice to be inside, cuddled up with an old friend šŸ˜‰

I didn’t have enough confidence to build a snowman in the street, but after returning home I could not resist anymore and built a tiny snowman on my windowsill. Snow in Ireland is a rare occurrence. You never know if you live to see another snowfall.

My baby cacti plants are obviously excited about the snow and both sprout flowers.

Unfortunately, these are events of the past. White Christmas is still a dream this December.

Today the streets look as normal – no snow, no excitement.

Of course we have decorations, pony rides, carousels and Ferris wheels, like we always have had at this time of the year, but we are so missing those crystals of frozen water!

I guess we have to be happy with what we have.

Merry Christmas, Friends!

Hope you always find peace, and give your heart to everything you do.

 

PS: More music on Thom’s blogĀ The Immortal Jukebox – C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Alphabet throughout December.

This is Christmas

 

This is one of my favorite Christmas videos. Some of you may have heard of Mike MasseĀ Ā Ā Ā or even attended his show.

I am wishing everyone a wonderful and joyous Christmas, but except for this video my blog post is not going to be festive. Well, it is not technically my post as I am reblogging an article that was written in December 2012. The Gift of Death.

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Thereā€™s nothing they need, nothing they donā€™t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; a silver-plated ice cream tub holder; a ā€œhilariousā€ inflatable zimmer frame; a confection of plastic and electronics called Terry the Swearing Turtle; or ā€“ and somehow I find this significant ā€“ a Scratch Off World wall map.

They seem amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the twelfth theyā€™re in landfill. For thirty seconds of dubious entertainment, or a hedonic stimulus that lasts no longer than a nicotine hit, we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations.

More onĀ Ā http://www.monbiot.com/2012/12/10/the-gift-of-death/

Source: The Gift of Death

Merry Christmas and Happy New 2016!

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Merry Christmas to you all, my dearĀ blogger Friends! Joy to the World!

Joy to those who are celebrating with their families; joy to those who are with their friends; joy to the lonely.Ā Blessings of peace and love to all.

I want to share some photographs I took in the last couple of days.

Waterford Winterval Festival is over, Ā and tonight the city center is unusually quiet. This Express Train hadĀ been riding around every night since the end of November.

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Even the hurricane Eva couldn’t stop it.

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Riding the carousel was another fun thing you could do in Waterford.

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Spinning!

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The full moon is hiding in the clouds – the last day of the festival.

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Santa Sleigh – the last ride of the season.

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I know that this festival wasn’t anything breathtaking – just a regular retailĀ business with aĀ bit of tinsel added for festiveness. Ā What I want to say is thatĀ Christmas timeĀ brings out theĀ best in people, and this ‘best’ – sparkling eyes, smiles and happy laughter areĀ a reflection of the joy within. It is what makes Ā Christmas festivals Ā special.

Let’s hope that this joy stays with us throughout the New Year andĀ brightens ours days, softens our hearts andĀ opensĀ our minds forĀ good things to enter.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a Happy Christmas!