Melting fast. . . . .

Almost as quickly as it came the snow is going.  Everywhere looks ugly, streaked and muddy.  Dirty piles of snow lie at the side of the road and on the field edges.  It rained very heavily on top of the melting snow so we are awash with mud again.  It has been quite frosty overnight making the lanes here and the pavements in town treacherous, but the clear frosty air has given us some glorious sunrises and sunsets.  I have tried to capture it quickly here from memory as the colours and contrasts are gone too quickly to paint as it happens.  And my old camera certainly isn’t good enough to catch the colours.


Looking For a Sunset Bird in Winter by Robert Frost
The west was getting out of gold,
The breath of air had died of cold,
When shoeing home across the white,
I thought I saw a bird alight.In summer when I passed the place
I had to stop and lift my face;
A bird with an angelic gift
Was singing in it sweet and swift.

No bird was singing in it now.
A single leaf was on a bough,
And that was all there was to see
In going twice around the tree.

From my advantage on a hill
I judged that such a crystal chill
Was only adding frost to snow
As gilt to gold that wouldn’t show.

A brush had left a crooked stroke
Of what was either cloud or smoke
From north to south across the blue;
A piercing little star was through.

Last night we went to the first of four Carol Concerts that are happening this week and with which we are involved ! Last night’s concert had a “retiring collection” for a charity with which my husband is involved.
Walking up to the Cathedral through the dark frosty back streets of town last night; bells ringing and the tower up-lit I felt full of christmas spirit.  I just wish that they had kept the evening a little more traditional – expecting the congregation to manage other than traditional carols is a mistake in my opinion.  However, the invited choir were good and the two, very young,  soloists exceptional.  So all in all it was pretty good evening.  It’s my turn to sing with my choir tonight……. I wonder how that will go down………  Well there will be mulled wine and mince pies after the concert for the congregation …… as a sweetner perhaps!
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