Month: December 2010

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Happy Christmas

My family were big on the Be-good-or-Father-Christmas-won’t-come theme, at least in theory. And when I was four, nearly five and just about to start school, I wanted a doll for Christmas SO MUCH, but I’d been naughty, and got myself into bother. There was no chance. I hung up my stockings like my brothers (my…
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December 24, 2010 0

Christmas legends

Everyone knows the Christmas story, of course, but a lot of other legends accrued around it, many to do with the Flight into Egypt. So just for fun, here are some of my favourites. The Kindly Spider When Mary and Joseph took the Christ-Child into Egypt to escape from Herod, they stopped to rest in…
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December 20, 2010 3


The title of this post is not a reference to the weather, which is once again frosty. The ice was melting fine until yesterday and now there is frost on the melted bits and ice on the snow and walking is a nightmare.It’s a reference to Thoreau’s Walden, which I have now finished reading, and…
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December 13, 2010 0

the birds of the air

This is Airthrey Loch at the university, almost completely frozen on Sunday, and I imagine it will be even worse today. Wwe had six inches of snow yesterday morning and it froze solid last night as the temperature went down to -12 and it hasn’t reached 0 yet, in spite of bright sunshine. No-one is…
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December 7, 2010 0

deep and crisp and even

This was our garden on Tuesday. It’s not much different now, so I guess there will be no garlic planted yetawhile. There is much bird activity at the feeders, sparrows, starlings, blackbirds, bluetits and great tits – and pigeons, of course – and the cold weather is bringing in chaffinches, goldfinches and yellowhammers. There were…
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December 1, 2010 1