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Solstice. One of my favourite days of the year. We know we've got the worst of winter to come, but the climb towards springtime starts at 15.58 hrs today.... the time the northern hemisphere of the earth's tilt turns back towards the sun.... soon have the crocus' up...

As a rule, I don't do symobols/tokens etc, but I love this day. Something about today right lifts my mood.

Happy yuletide folks😊

 

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3 hours ago, henage said:

Today is the day I burn my sea coal i collect through out the year when I am walking dog along local beaches .

Always check for jet before it goes in my multi stoves .

It burns really hot n long 

have heard the owner is putting cctv on that coal yard in the new year henage

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a closed door is no object to FLAT STANLEY 

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23 hours ago, henage said:

Today is the day I burn my sea coal i collect through out the year when I am walking dog along local beaches .

Always check for jet before it goes in my multi stoves .

It burns really hot n long 

Went along the coast from Hilston to Withernsea via Tunstall this morning. Nice to be out in the hazy winter sun but it was a bit bloomin' raw. One of those days when you can't wait to get in front of a real fire.

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Old Faithful we never lose at Wembley

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22 minutes ago, Ullman said:

Went along the coast from Hilston to Withernsea via Tunstall this morning. Nice to be out in the hazy winter sun but it was a bit bloomin' raw. One of those days when you can't wait to get in front of a real fire.

So you burned down the school?

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On 21/12/2021 at 13:20, Robin Evans said:

Solstice. One of my favourite days of the year. We know we've got the worst of winter to come, but the climb towards springtime starts at 15.58 hrs today.... the time the northern hemisphere of the earth's tilt turns back towards the sun.... soon have the crocus' up...

As a rule, I don't do symobols/tokens etc, but I love this day. Something about today right lifts my mood.

Happy yuletide folks😊

 

Yep a date celebrated since human’s became aware, and absolutely nothing at all to do with the mythical birth of someone in the Middle East.

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3 hours ago, Ullman said:

Went along the coast from Hilston to Withernsea via Tunstall this morning. Nice to be out in the hazy winter sun but it was a bit bloomin' raw. One of those days when you can't wait to get in front of a real fire.

Decent walk . Beach can change over a couple of tides along that stretch of coast .  Quicker if a big sea is running . Cliffs very unstable at this time of year , caution required . Worse ways to spend your morning .👍

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16 hours ago, Bostik Bailey said:

Yep a date celebrated since human’s became aware, and absolutely nothing at all to do with the mythical birth of someone in the Middle East.

And it`s not hard to imagine why either is it ? For thousands and thousands of years people were  probably cooped up cheek by jowl inside their round house with the animals and the in-laws for months on end _ that would be earthy to say the least - who wouldn`t celebrate knowing that longer days were on the way with fresh air and sunshine.

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3 minutes ago, The Rocket said:

And it`s not hard to imagine why either is it ? For thousands and thousands of years people were  probably cooped up cheek by jowl inside their round house with the animals and the in-laws for months on end _ that would be earthy to say the least - who wouldn`t celebrate knowing that longer days were on the way with fresh air and sunshine.

The roots of feasting at this time of year are quite pragmatic. In high Northern latitudes Nothings grows now for the next 2 months, so you have to survive till spring. This means that in all likely hood you do not have enough fodder to keep all your animals, so slaughter the excess livestock and feast heartily since the birth of the new year is upon us.

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8 minutes ago, Bostik Bailey said:

The roots of feasting at this time of year are quite pragmatic. In high Northern latitudes Nothings grows now for the next 2 months, so you have to survive till spring. This means that in all likely hood you do not have enough fodder to keep all your animals, so slaughter the excess livestock and feast heartily since the birth of the new year is upon us.

I`d imagine for thousands of years folk would have become expert in calculating how many stock they could go into winter with, the number being largely determined by the success of the harvest that year. Not much different to farming now of course.

Just like the women would have known exactly how much everyone got to eat each day ( given the amounts they had stored ) to see them through the winter and until they could start to forage again when the weather allowed.

It would be a very poorly organised community that allowed itself to run out of food and have to start to rely on eating their breeding stock but yes no doubt some animals were probably marked down for slaughter to see them through that time.

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21 hours ago, henage said:

Decent walk . Beach can change over a couple of tides along that stretch of coast .  Quicker if a big sea is running . Cliffs very unstable at this time of year , caution required . Worse ways to spend your morning .👍

I cycled out there so can't claim to have done the walk I'm afraid. On the subject of unstable cliffs I used to love the ride along the seaside road from Hilston to Tunstall. Sadly, as you'll no doubt know, the bend in the road fell into the sea quite a few years back, cutting it in two. Still worth a detour down Pasture Road to the cliff edge on a sunny day though. The sea view over the rolling fields is superb.

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Old Faithful we never lose at Wembley

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I’m spiritual but not religious if you get it?

This is a poem to Mithras who’s birthday is the winter solstice, it’s always struck a chord with me

I am That I am,
The flame 
hidden in the sacred ark.
I am the unspoken name,
I the begotten 
spark, I am he that lifteth up life, 
And 
flingeth it afar;
I have filled the crystal cup,
I have sealed the
 the crystal star
I am the wingless god that flieth
Through my 
firmamental fane.
I am he that daily dieth,and is daily born 
again.

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"Freedom without socialism is privilege and injustice, socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality" - Mikhail Bakunin

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6 hours ago, Ullman said:

I cycled out there so can't claim to have done the walk I'm afraid. On the subject of unstable cliffs I used to love the ride along the seaside road from Hilston to Tunstall. Sadly, as you'll no doubt know, the bend in the road fell into the sea quite a few years back, cutting it in two. Still worth a detour down Pasture Road to the cliff edge on a sunny day though. The sea view over the rolling fields is superb.

use to park my works van down a track that run along cliff top to a pill box , long gone now lol .

 

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15 hours ago, Stirlin said:

Take it you are not a Postman then ?. 😉

No , but I generally spend about 9 months of the year wearing shorts , funnily enough my son's recently acquired mother in law has just started as a ' postie ' , her dream job apparently , a very fit lady who does marathons 

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On 21/12/2021 at 15:46, CornwallRL said:

I prefer Spring Solstice, the rebirth.

Equinox?

"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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2 minutes ago, Robin Evans said:

I was going to point that out yesterday but thought no.... I might come across as a bit of a t it. 🤣🤣

On the other hand I have no such qualms.

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"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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