Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Day

"And the little sparrow came from his nest among the shavings
 and shook his wings to the light."

The Worker in Sandalwood, Marjorie Pickthall


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Twenty-fourth day of Advent: O Holy Night

Twenty-fourth day of Advent
Twas in the moon of wintertime 
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wandering hunters heard the hymn:
"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria"
The Huron Carol

Monday, December 22, 2014

Twenty-third day of Advent - English Robin

Twenty-third day of Advent
Finally, an English Robin.  This one has come from the "Sleepyhead Feast", a party for the hibernating creatures, described in The Illustrated Fairy Gazette.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Twenty-first day of Advent - A Dove for the Christmas Tree

Twenty-first day of Advent

This is another ornament from Grandmother's Tree.  Our tree is fully decorated now, laden from top to bottom with old favorites and some      glossy newcomers.
"The tree is, as it is every year, more beautiful than they remembered"

Friday, December 19, 2014

Twentieth day of Advent - Flight of Fancy

Twentieth day of Advent
One small bird from The Illustrated Fairy Gazettes.
"This is the season of Goodness, Beauty and Truth, both  in the Peaceful Realms and in the mortal world."
The Illustrated Fairy Gazette, A Christmas Celebration

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nineteenth day of Advent - Toronto Blue Jay

Nineteenth day of Advent
In the bleak mid-winter, a bird of summer.  
This is Toronto, so here is a Blue Jay.