Hello dearest readers, these words are the first verse of "In the Bleak Mid-winter" written by Christina Rossetti. I scribbled down this verse on a till receipt I found at the bottom of my bag, from The New English Hymnal, hymn 28.
Hugo and I went to a carol service on Christmas eve. We slipped and scrunched through the deep snow to get to church, along with a sizeable number of other people, considering the snowed-in sort of weather.
Squeezed in, at the bottom of the said till receipt is the last verse, verse five of the hymn, which I think is very touching, and I want to share with you.........
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man
I would do my part;
Yet what can I give him -
Give him my heart.
I heard the Unthank sisters sing this hymn the other day, they sang it very, very slowly, and it was beautiful.
Merry Christmas! I hope you had a good Christmas?
We had a lovely meal on Christmas day, with Hugo's family, and have been dodging out and about all over the place, when we should probably have been resting at home, doing precisely nothing.
This cold weather makes you tired don't you think? And the long dark nights too?
I've been de-frosting the bird bath, so the birds have water to drink. The other day, a bird was pecking at the frozen water in the bird bath, and I felt very guilty, it was obviously desperate for something to drink. We've decided that the entire neighborhood of birds is visiting our garden at the moment, it's busy out there in our garden. One thing we both find amazing is this, the birds are fussy eaters!
I'm going to slip away now, and say cheerio till the New Year. Take care, and see you in 2011! Cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx