Friday, 21 December 2018


The first snow of the season fell in The Netherlands and it was enough to blanket the landscape for a couple of hours. The first snow of the winter season is always special. The winter showers moved across our little country. It stopped snowing by midnight in most places.

I love to see my solar cat in the snow đŸ±

Today, December 21 is the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the darkest day of the year. The day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year, when the sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky.

Vandaag is het echt winter, volgens de kalender. En de kortste dag van het jaar. Qua daglicht dan. Ik heb gezellig kaarsjes aangestoken. En ik toch even naar buiten gegaan. Naar de winkel om een cadeautje voor de verjaardag van mijn vriendin te kopen.

I went upstairs last week to photograph the white frozen roofs. But there was condensed water on the window after the night. I still made a photo and I love to see the sun (left) and the mill (right). And of course the nice blue bottle! The bottle reminds me of David's prayer, once: "You counted my wanderings; place my tears in Your flask. Is it not in Your accounting?"

Ik ging ergens vorige week naar boven om vanuit onze dakkapel de wit bevroren daken te fotograferen. Maar het raam was beslagen. Toch is het zo ook een leuke foto geworden. Het flesje herinnert me aan Davids gebed uit de Bijbel. Over tranen die bewaard worden in een flesje of kruik. 

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  1. The cat looks whimsical in the snow!

  2. The Solstice is such a turning point in the season. You have captured it well.

  3. I am a great fan of solar devices, the small ones (lights, lanterns, clocks etc..) as well as the bigger ones like the water heater on the roof.
    Your solar cat is a lovely sight!

  4. Yes, that first snowfall is always special.
    I'm looking forward to the longer daylight hours.

  5. It is great to contemplate that each day now will bring us a little more daylight - until the summer solstice of course and then it will start to go the other way again!

  6. That first snowfall, be it in your country or in my back yard, is always so special. I love the window shot as well.

  7. Sfeervolle foto's Aritha.
    Groetjes Kees.

  8. Een prachtige foto door het beslagen raam, heel subtiel nog buiten als ik het goed zie de molen te zien.

    Wat een leuke lichtjes van de ogen van de kat.

    Groettie van Patricia.

  9. The snow looks pretty and so wintery! We don't get much snow where I live.
    I love the photo of the bottle together with David's prayer. I agree, they go good together. Blessings and Peace to you!

  10. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them with us. I have had a wonderful week so far. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  11. We got a little rain and hail today. I love your window shot, very pretty!

  12. Glad the shortest day has gone now I look forward to spring :-) Happy holidays Diane

  13. Lovely post. I like that verse of scripture about tears in a bottle. I also like your solar cat. Very cute. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Now that the solstice is passed we can look forward to more light :-)

  14. Bijzondere foto geworden met de blauwe fles.

    Fijne dagen voor jullie!

  15. Your first snow must have looked so beautiful. What a cool picture of the window and the blue bottle. You know, this is one of my favorite colors, Aritha. There's just something so pretty about it. Enjoy your snow!



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