Suburban Solstice

Suburban English Solstice

Suburban English Solstice

Through a window spattered with raindrops the sun rises over the backs of neighbouring houses and lights up the day.  Sending you my best wishes for health and happiness in the last days of the old year and my very best wishes for the years to come.


33 thoughts on “Suburban Solstice

  1. drfugawe

    Love it! And I recognize the same moon and sky that we see here – small planet. Any special baking this year? None for me – we’re getting ready to go south for the winter – a new adventure.

    1. Joanna Post author

      South for the winter! Sounds delightful – nothing like a new adventure! No special baking as yet, but the baking elf might pop out at some point, never say never xx

  2. sallybr

    Beautiful image! I am always happy on Dec 21st because the days will be longer and longer, and hopefully warmer and warmer… so different from my years in Brazil, but those are gone. Twenty years away changed my perspective and now December is cold and dark, and…. I want April back!!!!! ;-)

    Happy New Year, Joanna! Having met you virtually many years ago is something I cherish, and brings me warm feelings no matter how cold the outside world is

    1. Joanna Post author

      Today we are having more exciting change by the minute weather, from blue sky to hail in the space of an hour so far… Happy New Year to you Sally and thank you for your friendship !

  3. Jeannette

    And a happy Christmas to you too, Joanna, and all good wishes for the New year.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thank you Jeannette and thank you for popping into the blog over the years, maybe next year will see a burst of bloggy activity on my part renewed !

  4. narf77

    Shorter days? Less heat? I wish! I fear we are in for our chooks refusing point blank to go to bed before 9pm for another month or so more yet and last year, it was hot right up till May so this solstice gummidge might need a bit of renegotiating. I am with you on the New Year and have a feeling that it is going to be very productive and enlightening for us all :). Happy Christmas Joanna and see you in the New Year :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Just had my heating bills for the autumn and am thinking more thermal clothing and more activity needed here, I love the vision of your chooks wandering around in the eternal sunshine of the Tasmanian summer, all very best Fran!

      1. narf77

        Funny how those heating/cooling bills never go down isn’t it? Our chooks wander, like kung-fu, come rain or shine. I used to shut them in for the winter but there isn’t a point as they get more shelter out here (usually in Steve’s poor shed) and they keep laying if I let them out as they are happy and our duck is in 7th heaven when its winter and she clears up all of the slugs and snails for us and we have the added bonus that most of our poor long suffering chook raided shrubs are deciduous in winter so “GOOD LUCK CHOOKS!” ;). We don’t have an air conditioner so we won’t have to pay a huge bill for it come the end of summer but that means that we have to go old school on working out how to avoid the heat…the best way is to lay on the bathroom tiles when the temperature soars…that plus an old hot water bottle full of ice which also works a treat. We have Brunhilda in winter and she runs practically 24/7 and we have friends that let us get firewood from their properties so at the moment she is pretty cheap to run. Have a wonderful Christmas Joanna and see you in the New Year :)

  5. maree

    Joanna your image not only lights up the new day but also speaks of the promise of a fresh and delightful New Year.
    Thankyou so much for your friendship through the year.
    I wish you and Brian all the blessings of the season and a joyful and safe New Year.
    Happy Christmas.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thank you for reading Maree and sharing your stories – I always love hearing about other people’s breads and cakes, brings us closer together, Happy Christmas to you too! xx

  6. Misky

    And my very best wishes to you and all those you love. Let’s hope for a new year with an easier path.

  7. heidiannie

    Here is rain and more of it in the prospect. No sunshine – no snow- a green Christmas- I am not a fan. Happy New Year to you- there is too much for me to do before Christmas to do more than wish.

  8. Ann

    What a lovely picture – so different at this side of the world. I still find it hard to feel Christmassy when it is hot and sunny.
    I hope you and Brian and the dogs have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy 2014. Spot is getting a new collar.
    (I hope the e-card arrived safely and didn’t end up in the spam!)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Loved the e-card which I opened this morning, would love to pop in for a fix of hot and sunny with you, today we have sun, hail, rainbows, it’s not too bad for December :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      I will try to bake some good works and post a bit more in the New Year. Happy Christmas to you and yours Karin and thank you for your company and encouragement :)

    1. Joanna Post author

      Nice to hear from you, I haven’t been very present in the blogworld of late, but will see what I can do next year. Happy Christmas to you and your family Suelle!

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thankyou! High winds and horizontal rain this morning but one just has to squeak like Piglet :-

  9. Jan

    Such a lovely image Joanna. I thought about you this morning. I was reading Bill Bryson’s ‘Mother Tongue’ and in the acknowledgements, whilst he thanks many people,he vents a little frustration at somebody who has plagiarised his writing and run over the hills and far away with it and to the “elusive plagiarist” he doesn’t send thanks but “a heartfelt raspberry”! In addressing the complexities of the English language he quotes a warning to motorists in Tokyo “When a passenger of the foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet at him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage, then tootle him with vigour”! Isn’t that lovely:) May all your tootlings be merry Joanna and your trumpettings melodious:) I too hope you feel more bloggy in the coming New Year.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Bill is a fine writer and very funny too! My trumpettings are often melodious though occasionally I am asked to go to another room :) :) Mind you writing a blog is a bit like going to another room, a room full of nice friendly people who wave back from wherever they are. You are all very sweet and kind and I enjoy the warm company I find here xx

  10. Euan

    Season’s greetings to you too Joanna and very best wishes for 2014. Thank you for all the inspiration and ideas you have given me via twitter and your blog this year. And for the support and encouragement you have given to my own efforts.

    1. Joanna Post author

      Thankyou, I do love your blog very much Euan ! I am just, with trepidation, making a chocolate almond marble bundt cake in my new tin. If no more is heard of this it will be because it stuck … (Feel the fear and bake it anyway) All best wishes to you for 2014.

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