Spring fancies

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Top to bottom: Hera by George Washington Lambert (image from paintings.daily Instagram feed), lemons from thelittleran Instagram feed, LK Bennett’s sash pink court shoe, gingerbread house in Savannah (image from wanderwonders Instagram feed)

Candlemas

 

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A lovely feast, poised exactly between the winter and spring solstices, and a time of hope. It is also 40 days after Christmas, and is therefore the mirror feast of Pentecost, in this case for the presentation of Christ in the Temple (the prophetic word arriving in the sanctuary), rather than the flaming Spirit descending on earth (God’s revelation shared with and through us all).

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These photos were taken in the dark of the week before Christmas, in Salisbury Cathedral. The installation of giant paper peonies and roses was suspended behind the high altar in a candlelit space, lavender oil scenting the air, and above duvets and pillows laid out so that visitors could rest and look at the ceiling. It is one of the most magical and peaceful things I’ve seen, and again had a dual twist of blossom/snowfall and the spirit at Pentecost.

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All photos by me, December 2016.

Wild

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“Wild Angelica” by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, part of the Helsinki Ateneum’s permanent collection and now on display in their¬†Japanomania¬†exhibition.

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Hyacinths

Cheri Wollenberg Hyacinth 2012

Deeply cheering in the middle of winter with their colour and scent. My mother grows them from bulb every year and coming home from uni to see them dotted round the house was almost as much a sign of Christmas getting near as watching the final weeks of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Art by Cheri Wollenberg (Hyacinth, 2012)