To all my wonderful buzzard friends who have joined me down through the years I just wanted to thankyou so much for being a part of the Buzzard family, I love and appreciate you all wherever in the world you come from, may you have a blessed christmas and a happy and healthy new year.
Tried something different this year instead of a wreath I hope you like it.
The solstice, this year, fell on the 22nd december and we made the trip to county Meath as the northern tribes have done for thousands of years to celebrate the turning of the darkness into light. Older even than Stonehenge or the pyramids of Giza, Newgrange has been a focal point for those who watch nature and feel compelled to follow its calling. The site faces south east and has a light portal that shines into the chamber at sunrise on each winter solstice, a few lucky ones get to see inside when this happens.
Facing south east just as the sun crests the horizon
The light reflects on the site facing it..
And casts our silhouettes upon the stones
Entering the chamber at sunrise
The roof of the burial mound.
I hope the tribes from the north and indeed the rest of the world continue to visit at this remarkable time and honour those of us who have gone before.
I think the one thing I'll take away from this trip was the beautiful scenery and colours of the landscape, it really was quite breathtaking, not much else I can say best just to let the pictures do the talking.
Another unusual plant find was this lovely looking thing, pyracantha or firethorn. When I first noticed it out of the corner of my eye I thought it was hawthorn but the berries were very crimson red, on a closer look the leaves were similar in shape to blackthorn, I'd never seen it before so had to do a bit of research on it. The berries are very astringent but good when cooked and made into pies or jam. It is often grown as an ornamental and I'm sure could be confused with cottoneaster. Still one I hope to find again and I'll make use of the fruit this time.
Continuing on with the unusual plants to be found on this side of the pond, I found in a graveyard overlooking the Esk, a holly tree bearing yellow berries. This I have never seen before. I had to do a bit of research on this and apparently its quite common in America and Asia but is a non native to the uk, lovely plant to find at this time of year and I would have loved some of it to put in a Christmas wreath, maybe next time.