To celebrate the first day of the meteorological winter and our wedding anniversary ~ a poem by Jenny Joseph ~
'The unlooked - for season'
"Love, the sun lies warm across the wall.
The wide windows and the smell of the road
Do not say Winter. Ladybirds are crawling
Out on ledges. Midday full on the land
Slows down the progress of the afternoon
Promising evening, like a Summer Sunday.
But look where the sun is. Never high in the sky it crept round the horizon. Ask anyone,
Look at the trees and the calendar - all declare
It should be winter. Within two hours
The Winter night will come up with the fog.
Since you have come and gone in the dreaded season
And left so much sunlight, I cannot think
Of now as dead time, only gentle,
With nothing to be feared, if this is winter"
The rose is 'The Fairy', which like us is a little bit ragged around the edges, is still holding on to a few flowers today.