Home flowers happy day


I love this day of the year, the Winter Solstice! Despite the very grey sky here this morning and the very low sun behind it, I know that tomorrow that same sun will be a little higher in the sky. The difference will be so slight we won’t even notice it but it will still happen and that does make me feel good!

The Google homepage has a brilliant little animation today of a scarf being knitted but when you click on the animation it says “First Day of Winter”. Well I’m sorry but I’m having none of that, according to my calendar there are only ten more days of winter left and then it’s pre-spring.

The proof????


These are my daffodil bulbs and …….


…….my primula, all photographed this morning in my garden!


Just look at this photo, these are the buds on my cherry tree which only lost the last of its leaves a few weeks back. Despite the dull, grey sky, this photo makes my heart skip just to see those little signs of life.

So brace yourselves lovely people, you are going to get a lot more of this from me over the weeks ahead! 🙂

However in the meantime ………..

Winter Solstice Collage

……..I haven’t forgotten all about Christmas! We are in full Christmas mode here, my son is home from Berlin and we are more or less ready to celebrate!


Wishing you all a very happy festive weekend, thanks as always for dropping by especially at this very busy time!

Happy Weekend! 🙂

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ali December 21, 2013 - 12:49 pm

hi Vivienne, You’ve given me hope to carry on! I really like your rabbit felt stocking. Have a nice weekend

Marigold Jam December 21, 2013 - 1:07 pm

It’s all so hopeful now isn’t it? We have daffodils poking through and catkins on the hazel tree too. Love your photos.

Jane December 21, 2013 - 1:08 pm

When I realised the date today Vivienne the first thing I thought was…this will make V smile ;0) Yes the days get lighter tomorrow..I’m not sure today it is going to get light here at all, it is so dull and wet but there are signs of spring all around already. Your home looks so festive, such lovely photos and it must be wonderful to have everyone safely back. Enjoy the weekend my dear and keeep dancing xx

Simone December 21, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Happy Winter Solstice to you Vivienne. From now on the days get longer – we are at the other side of the increasing darkness! There is so much to look forward too! I love your white bunny on the stocking – he looks very springlike! x

thelinencat & rockcottageyear December 21, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Happy Solstice!! Lovely tree and how nice to spot one of Mia’s lovely stockings. Enjoy having your son home. Bethxx

Robin December 21, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Hi Vivienne, You and my husband are both lover’s of the Winter Solstice!! I even bought him a beautiful card celebrating this day! You home looks so festive and Christmasy. I spied Mia’s lovely makings too!
Merry Christmas my friend, xoRobin

Julie December 21, 2013 - 5:38 pm

We’re celebrating here too – back to summer one day at a time from this point onwards, hooray! I hope you’re keeping well and warm – we’re snuggled by the fire today with fairy lights a-twinkling, the best place to be seeing as it’s so wet and windy outside. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Vivienne and a very happy and healthy start to the New Year. With love and best wishes, Julie xxx

Anne D.T. December 21, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Happy Solstice dear Vivienne and family. How wonderful to see greenery outside, while I’m surrounded by snow!! Lovely decorations especially the cards. Have a fun and enjoyable family get-together.
Anne and all

Stephanie December 21, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Hello lovely Vivienne!

It’s lovely to be able to catch up with the few posts I have missed here! I completely share, like many, your enthusiasm about the winter solstice. Every day is a tad longer than the previous one from tomorrow onwards. Yesterday was our wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful day to get married with the hope and cheer of Christmas and spring to follow.

Enjoy these sweet, festive days to come!

Helen Philipps December 21, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Happy Solstice! Love the pictures…..pre spring is not far away! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Helen x

Patty December 21, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Happy Solstice Vivienne, I’m with you, counting those extra few seconds and then minutes of light as we head into Spring. I’m amazed at your daffs and the cherry buds, that is so encouraging. Looks lovely at your place, happy weekend xx

Margaret December 21, 2013 - 10:36 pm

The tree looks lovely and I love the cute snowman wearing a scarf 🙂
Lovely to see those daffodils peeking through. I adore snowdrops and daffodils. Never see them here in Spain so I shall look forward to your pictures.
Happy Christmas!

ginaferrari December 22, 2013 - 10:48 am

I love passing the winter solstice too. Onwards and upwards!

Elizabeth December 23, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Your photos are great Vivienne, my flowers wilted with the heat one day last week much cooler now. I am happy for you that your son is home for Christmas. We have had a very busy time with having 9 grand children to buy for and 2 of their birthdays are in December. Thank you for all the time you spend on greenrabbitdesigns I enjoy it so much. Elizabeth xx

Sharon December 23, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Thank you for that, I love the idea of Pre Spring, fabulous, I really hate the winter.

Liz in Missouri, USA December 23, 2013 - 6:51 pm

It’s the 23rd now and the day is longer already! Joyous Christmastide to you and yours, Vivienne, and Happy Sunshine!

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