Friday, 21 December 2012

Happy Winter Solstice


It's the shortest day today - which means from now on there's increasingly more daylight and spring is on the way. That's reason enough to celebrate the winter solstice and post a picture of my druid, I reckon.

If you can come up with a short story on the theme of Freedom you could win yourself £500 and a place on an Arvon course in this competition. I'll definitely be giving it a go.

It's minutes since I last plugged my free short story collection, Not a Drop to Drink, so I'll mention it again now so it's in the minds of anyone who gets an ereader for Christmas and wants to try it out. (If you don't think you'll get one, try this competition to win £1,000 of vouchers to buy techie stuff)

Anyone going wassailing tonight?

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  1. Bring on the light - it's so dark when I go to work.

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    1. It's rotten going out and coming home in the dark, isn't it?

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  2. At least the world didn't end this morning, so longer days to look forward to. Sadly, no merry drinking for me tonight.

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    1. The world not ending is a good thing, Maggie.

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  3. Hi Patsy - I thought your druid was a faded Father Christmas!
    All the best for Xmas, 2013 and beyond.

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    1. Sally, he's supposed to be golden - like a nice glass of mead.

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  4. Love the winter solstice. But I don't mind the dark nights. Think I'll be giving the wassailing a miss!

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    1. I wouldn't mind a few dark nights, Rosemary but the novelty wears off by this time of year.

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  5. Enjoy wassailing. I'm a hibernating creature, so I don't go out in winter evenings if I can help it ;O)

    Happy Christmas and thanks for the comp head up as usual.

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    1. Hibernating does sound appealing at times, Madeleine.

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  6. We're half way to Spring! You can look back at a succesful year, Patsy.

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  7. I am someone who is getting the ereader for Christmas!

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    1. If you need any suggestions for books to read on it, Wendy I can give you a couple of suggestions :-)

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    2. Yes please and a very happy Christmas and New Year to you.

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    3. Anything by that Patsy Collins woman would be good (tee hee) will come up with more suggestions son.

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  8. I think your druid is so cute :-) I have plans to put me feet up tonight and have a nice big glass of wine or three - no wassailing for me :-) x

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    1. Your plan sounds very sensible, Teresa.

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  9. I so recommend Heston Blumenthal's mulled cider for waitrose!!! Total YUM!!!!!!!!!!

    Cheers Patsy! Happy Solstice! Take care
    x

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    1. Mulled cider does sound nice, Kitty. Might have to try that.

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  10. No wassailing for us just a cosy night in front of the TV!

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    1. If that's what you fancy, Edna then that's what you should do.

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  11. He's the cutest. Happy Christmas Patsy, hope next year is as good as this one for you.xx

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  12. Nice druid, Patsy. No wassailing for me - just a few glasses of wine in front of the fire to recover from shopping since opening hours this morning. I gave up at 1pm and went to The Hobbit just so I could sit down! :)

    marion

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    1. Well, I wasn't even going to go to it, Patsy, because I'd read a terrible review in the previous Sunday's papers, but I'm glad I did. I wasn't fussed on the first part because it seemed more like watching a TV drama for some reason, but once I got into it and the 3d really came into its own in the big, epic shots, I really enjoyed it.

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    2. I'm going to try to see it. I keep planning to go to the cinema, but somehow it never happens.

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  13. No wassailing for me either, Patsy.
    Thank you for all your great posts and competition links.
    Merry Christmas.

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  14. I got a KindleFire off my kids for Christmas and it's got all my downloaded books on it. Unfortunately, unlike the Kindle app on my pc, it doesn't seem to allow AlfieDog site stuff. Never mind, I've got all the Patsy stories I need to read over Christmas. Off to North Devon in a few hours, internet access not guaranteed over the week. Have fun, all! xxx

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    1. Good plan to get books downloaded already, Jacula. Hope you have a good time in Devon.

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  15. Merry Christmas Patsy! Just incase I forget to say it nearer the day lol

    Xx

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  16. Love the druid style Father Christmas, very pagan. Surprised the sphere hasn't made a festive appearance yet...
    I now have a Kindle Fire and love it - to be able to hop from book to book is brilliant. And the ability to buy and download within seconds is addictive :)

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    1. The ease of buying books could become something of a disadvantage I suspect, Tracy - for our finances anyway.

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  17. Hi Patsy .. yes as Tracy says .. love the Druid. I should have been Wassailing, or joining in the Rivers of Fire in Brighton ... so many revivals of Pagan festivals ... Cornwall is great for them now. A glass of mulled wine is rather nice!!

    I too have a Kindle - but have to work it all out shortly (very!) .. cheers and good luck with those competitions ..

    Happy Christmas - cheers Hilary

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    1. I do like mulled wine during cold weather, Hilary - cheers!

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  18. Sweet little Druid - I don't think the real ones were quite as cute!
    Did you "Go a-wassailing among the trees so green"?

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    1. We toasted our apricot and mulbery trees, Lizy. I didn't sing to them though my singing ability is more likely to blight the blossom than anything else!

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  19. Too wet for wassailing! But I have started on my entry for the Writers & Artists comp.
    Hope you're keeping dry where you are. Merry Christmas!

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    1. It has actually stopped raining here, Linda. We even had a few moments of sunshine!

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  20. Lovely druid, Patsy!

    Dunno about wassailing, but it's been so wet people was sailing on the streets!

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    1. I do feel for people who're flooded - must be awful, JJ.

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