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‘Twas the Season

Swans on the canal, Solstice 2009

Well, now. The holiday season has done its usual thing, muscling in, swaggering around, laying about it left, right, and centre with its distinctive brand of two-fisted festive cheer.

Halls were decked, carols were trolled, merry was industriously made. I even finished my sister’s Christmas present – with a day to spare. (Forgot to photograph it, mind you, but that’s pretty minor, considering.) I gave my parents the dragon.

We’re still (as the Oyster remarked this morning) technically within the Twelve Days, but to all intents and purposes, this Solsticetide / Christmas / Hanukkah / Yule / Kwanzaa / Festivus / Winterval (did I leave anything out?) is over.

The swans on the canal near our house looked rather fine on the Solstice, don’t you think?

Christmas dining table, 2009

We hosted Christmas dinner for the first time, which is a kind of coming-of-age ceremony in itself (it’s been in my parents’ house for years). Happily, we didn’t have to cook for 21 people – this meal is a joint effort, with each household contributing something. We made the roast potatoes and two desserts: mixed berry sorbet and vegan ice-cream with coconut and oat milks, pecans, and vanilla. Yum.

And then it snowed! And it stuck! In Dublin! For the first time since 2000! (If you live somewhere that gets snow every winter, you have permission to roll your eyes now.)

Snowy garden at midnight on 31 December 2009

This is the view out our kitchen door at midnight on 31 December, as the old year slipped softly away.

Snowy holly, December 2009

So long, 2009. It’s been emotional.

4 comments to ‘Twas the Season

  • Leanne

    Hi Léan

    Happy New Year to you!
    Just checked in to your site and was sharing in your happy thoughts about snow over Christmas – we too danced about in in on New Year’s eve – and our garden is so small and sheltered that there is still plenty that has not melted yet.

    I was just wondering about the swams – which canal are you near to? We are right near the Royal Canal… I am guessing that this is the Grand Canal – it looks a lot cleaner… but you don’t have Brendan Behan!


  • I hugely admire that table-setting. HUGELY. Ten a side. Yay!

  • Your feast looks amazing, and I am so happy that you are thrilled with your snow. We are getting about 5 inches right now, which isn’t unusual; the kids love that it means there might not be school. It’s nice to hear from someone who really enjoys that it is snowing.

  • leannich

    @Leanne: Without getting too specific, yes, it’s the Grand Canal. Thronged with swans for most of the year – a fact that still makes me come over all grinny, even having lived here for nearly a decade.

    @Ailbhe: We hired trestle tables! Get us!

    @Erin: Snow! It still hasn’t melted fully, either. Last time I remember 5 inches in Dublin was in the 80s, I think.

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