14 November 2013

It's a bow tie kind of day

Very proud to show off my new snazzy bow tie (from Zara Menswear), I'm getting in the festive mood already and have started my Winter Solstice* shopping already.

I love down here on the Isle of Wight, we have everything we need (plus internet shopping!). The only thing lacking is a good florist for when I feel the urge to splash out on some blooms. Luckily there is a Sainsbury's, where I purchased some lovely roses for a couple of quid.

I have also purchased some nice (synthetic because I dont like the idea of treading on a sheep's skin) fluffy rugs, made in Britain by the way.

My mister Nao, has been getting up early and taking nipper for a walk with the camera. His photos are stunning, so I thought I'd show them off to you!






* I have decided that I am going to try and call Christmas, Winter Solstice instead. No, I haven't turned into a Hippy (yet), I just decided that I like the meaning of Winter Solstice better, I love the idea of celebrating a season, as humans all over the planet, we used to depend entirely on what each season bought us to survive. Christmas to me has always just been about those nice things that you do in winter, like logs fires, bracing walks along the beach, nice hot food and mulled wine, and giving presents to everyone to cheer us up and spread a bit of love during the darkest months and bringing bits of nature into our houses to decorate and admire. What a great thing to celebrate! It's simple isn't it?

35 comments:

  1. Maggie Graham14.11.13

    Yes. It's simple and you do simple so beautifully <3

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  2. You look radiant on this photo :)

    And about the Christmas - Christmas actually is Winter Solstice. This is the ancient, sub-religious meaning
    of it and the reason why birth of the Lord is "placed" around this date.

    I also like the idea of celebration seasons. It makes much more sense when you are an atheist (or simply
    non-Christian) and it kind of connects you with the ever-changing Nature and the dance of Seasons much
    more.

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    1. Yes I agree with you, it was sort of 'replaced' by Christianity. Anyhows, its nice if everyone can celebrate a winter celebration no matter what you believe. Thats kind of what has happened already in the UK but we still call it Christmas. I don't like to be mis-understood so words are important to me, that why I'm calling it Winter Solstice instead! ; )

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    2. For me it is very interesting to imagine the origin of these festivities: to imagine the darkness of the ancient, long winter nights and the human need to celebrate light, warmth, love and the slow but constant return of light that can be hardly notices with the bare eye. It's hard to imagine how long and dark the nights before the era of electricity were, I think :)

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  3. Anonymous14.11.13

    Nao's pictures are gorgeous! And totally agree with you on Winter Solstice being a better name for what us atheists/agnostics do at Xmas. It also sounds lovely as a phrase.

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  4. quince14.11.13

    Funny that you said that. In Chinese culture, winter solstice is the biggest day of the year. It's a day when everyone in the family gathers around the table and feast. There's a saying that winter solstice is more important than new year.

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  5. That is a lovely picture of you. Island life must be suiting you.

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  6. Helena14.11.13

    You are so cute ;) and all photos are amazing!

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  7. Lovely Artemis! A few years ago I made my first Yule Log for the table and it was very nice...I too enjoy celebrating the Seasons, it was a big help as I walked away from religion and instead embraced inclusiveness...really enjoy your blog and seeing how you and your family live...very peaceful. Thanks...

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  8. Pretty lady! Love your thoughts on Christmas, I completely agree. My birthday is on Winter Solstice so naturally I always thought it was a special day ;)

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  9. Oh my gosh, you are so pretty. Love the Winter Solstice idea. I adore all the photos on this blog no matter who takes them. Happy day from me, Diana in Canada.

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  10. You live at such an incredible place! The nature is stunning. And I also like the idea of celebrating Winter Solstice and seasons in general. I always wait for each new season so eagerly, it's totally makes sense to celebrate them.

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  11. Beautifully! Amazing blog!

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  12. Oooh, I love the bow tie (bow ties are cool), I love those photos, I love Winter Solstice (sharing your idea of it) and most of all I love it that you prefer synthetic to real sheep skin. I'm all for natural things, but if it's produced by hurting animals... then rather not. Anyway, I love your blog as always. :)

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  13. My boyfriend and I are hopefully going to be moving to a new house at the end of this month, and it would be lovely to have a Winter Solstice celebration at our new home. I'll be looking to your blog for some inspiration, for sure!

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  14. Anonymous14.11.13

    All that water! Have you considered taking up kayaking?

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  15. I love your idea of Winter Solstice and hope i can embrace that thinking too. The early morning photos are beautiful. I always prefer country photos in the winter rather than spring/summer. x

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  16. Here's one I like.....
    http://www.flowergardeniow.co.uk/

    Love your house! We go walking there regularly, from the Freshwater end.

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  17. Just beautiful as ever. Your posts always make me feel calm and collected!
    http://www.spinninglovestory.co.uk/

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  18. Anonymous14.11.13

    Have to say you look amazing in this photo island life is obviously suiting you and as we all know bow ties are cool! Frankly I'm all for any celebration of life and making the every day as special as it should be what ever the season and what ever the reason the more the merrier!
    Jane

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  19. Anonymous14.11.13

    For florists try flower garden in Newport

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  20. Anonymous14.11.13

    I like the term winter solstice more than christmas and also yule tree rather than christmas tree..i just prefer the pagan(ish) type of traditions of bringing nature into the house and celebrating the changing of the season, without all of the commercialism and religion. (also not a hippy, just love nature and authentic traditions)..

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    1. Oh yes! When I go outside and visit beautiful places it really does stike you just how simple life really is. We are all part of the same cycle, we maybe human but we rely on the natural world just as much as the grass and the worms and the birds!

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  21. Nao's photos are wonderful and lovely for Pehr and him to be out and about at the fresh start of the day - lets you have a lie in too! We love to celebrate the Winter Solstice too - its one of my favourite days of the year and also my youngest son's birthday so he always goes into the woods to collect a yule log to burn and holly and ivy to decorate. Its lovely to know other people are sharing this tradition too. xx

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  22. Totally agree with your solstice reasoning, a real log fire cheers me up as the light fades. Come 'that time' the mantelpiece is draped in holly and ivy, and candles are lit. Lovely photos by Nao, the early morning meadow looks like the last scene in Pride and Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version).

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    1. ha ha! Yes I can image ol'Darcy marching across the marsh in his britches ; )

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  23. love that idea and the reasoning behind it!

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  24. Gorgeous photos and gorgeous babe:) Christmas to me has always been a giveaway in the name....it's all about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ our lord and saviour. Mandy xx

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  25. Sigh... Well I'm all for calling the season & it's celebrations "Winter Solstice" ... Much more inclusive of all walks of life too. The only problem I have is that all those cosy activities you described are definitely not on my Solstice list (apart from the gift giving that is) Why? .... Well today in Perth it's going to be sunny and 35 degrees! In fact I can't remember a Christmas Lunch whereby we did not need air conditioning and ice cold beer to get through the day! So I'll certainly be lapping up all the cosy gorgeousness you will posting about .... Now if you'll excuse me I have to go and turn the fans on! :-) xx

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  26. Love this concept of celebrating Winter Solstice... It makes a lot of sense for me too!
    Beautiful pictures.

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  27. I like that you are celebrating Winter Solstice instead of Christmas. Since I'm an atheist it's never made any sense to me why i would celebrate Christmas. But it is a lovely time of the year, and I do feel the excitement, plus it's also just a good excuse for a holiday and to see family! But, since im down here in Australia, my partner and i just decided to celebrate summer, and introduce our own traditions for the day: punch, sun, backyard crichet. Can you believe some shops down here even put fake snow flakes in the window?!

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  28. I want to move to the country :) Your place is looking great btw! Love your cushions with contrasting zips.

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  29. The pictures of the Isle of Wight are beautiful! And for me, it's also always been Winter Solstice that I'm celebrating. Gathering together around lights when all is dark outside...

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  30. Such lovely photos! And I adore your bow tie, perfect accessory for the season. Couldn't agree more about celebrating the Winter Solstice instead of Christmas, it makes a lot more sense and brings to mind enjoying the season and each other rather than rampant commercialism.

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