Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Skies

Well, it's February today, in fact it's Imbolc, the Celtic Festival to celebrate the coming of spring, some would say the start of lambing season.  Some consider it a pagan festival, but it has been widely Christianized as St. Brigid's Day.  We're about half-way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, as good a seasonal point as any to celebrate if you ask me.

These pix are from Tuesday, when I walked across to the far side of the golf course out back, and we got one of our rare sunny afternoons in January.

Notice that little rock just right of centre?

Well here it is, an enormous boulder.  I can't believe I walked past this a week ago and didn't even notice it!  Now that I have, I'll have to go check it out.

It's an interesting golf course, with a fair bit of woods, rolling hills, and numerous ponds (lower left), so it's fun to walk around, especially the western half.

Many fairways are narrow, but there are some beautiful open rolling stretches.

After almost an hour walking, looking back toward our house (out of sight behind the trees).

And yes, the sunshine meant we had blue skies briefly out the back window!  Imbolc by the way, is sometimes mixed with Candlemas Day, tomorrow, more specifically a Christian religious festival, though it probably also has pagan origins.  And of course it will be Groundhog Day, so keep your fingers crossed that it will be sunny, Wiarton Willie will see his shadow, and we will get six more weeks of winter!

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We have a plan!

Today's Dr's apt. went well, so we now have a clear plan for the next big spa visit, and some positive indications of a successful outcome.  The team of surgeons we are working with are the most advanced in North America at doing the procedure I need.  In fact, they invented it. and they are having a lot of success.  And they just happen to be based here in southern Ontario, in London.  We are very encouraged.

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20 comments:

  1. Your winter landscapes are beautiful along with the beautiful skies.

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  2. Lovely day for a walk in the snow!

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  3. Lovely golfing greens? when the snow does melt. Good news for the appointment, hope it all goes according to the plan. The days and the festivals, spring must be on its way.

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  4. Always nice to get a sunny day in winter. Neither St Bridget or Imbolc get much of a mention in England. Neither does Groundhog day come to that. I hope all goes well with the medical men.

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  5. How on earth could you miss a rock that size??

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  6. Love the winter scenery shots from here,

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  7. Beautiful snow! Glad to hear the encouraging medical news

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  8. Hello, pretty sky and beautiful winter scenes. I am glad you will have the most advanced medical team. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Glad to hear it is going well, whatever the procedure is they are doing. Maybe someday you can describe it. And I do love the pictures, and now that it's Friday, Happy Groundhog Day!! :-)

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  10. Beautiful shots! I assume the boulder to be a glacial erratic.

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  11. The plan sounds like a good positive fix. The coming of Spring would be something that I would also like to have fixed.

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  12. Beautiful snowy scenes. So nice when the sun shines.
    Glad to hear are in good hands and pray all goes well for you.

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  13. Beautiful day. Most "Christian" holidays are adaptations of pre-Christian peoples' celebrations and Christmas is no exception, nor is Easter.

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  14. Really beautiful winter scenes under blue skies. Very pleased to hear your doctor's appt. went well and you have a great plan!!

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  15. Good to hear you have a medical plan and are confidant! I wish you all the best! Your golf course is very pretty in the winter:)

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  16. Glad for the good med report, and thanks for explaining Imbolc. Saw the word somewhere else and had no idea what it was.

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