20th of June – shortest night of the year


We’re in the new house a month – A MONTH!!! We’re starting to settle into the new place.
The first 4 weeks were tougher than expected. Essential repairs took longer, there were unexpected delays. If you can’t imagine what that means, let me give you an example, we only got a reliable internet connection today! That’s exactly 2 months since we ordered it… not a good track record for the company we’re dealing with :-P, And it is a VERY slow connection but at this stage we’re happy to have a connection at all.

We also had to say goodbye to our black cat, Morle. He died of sudden kidney failure a few days after my last post in May. The cat was very, very sick and he was euthanised on J’s birthday. So we spent the first part of the birthday bringing the cat home from the vet, he died in my arms on the way back home, then J dug a grave and we buried Morle, then we made an attempt at tidying up our house (tidy and a whole lot of unpacked boxes doesn’t go together easily), then cook dinner get a take away to welcome some friends for a birthday dinner celebration in the evening. Needless to say we were emotionally and physical exhausted when we finally got into bed (6am) after a lovely evening despite the horrors of the day.

So, tonight is the eve of the shortest night of the year. It’s night of celebration for many and I’ve come to like to celebrate the solstices, too. I had hoped we would watch the sunset from our (west facing) patio and then hike up to the top of the hill to watch the sunrise a couple of hours later. But the clouds have descended upon us and there is thick fog and misty rain outside. It’s a “gray-out” and the light is like daylight at 5 pm on a mid November day.

So what is there to do? Will we take the lead from our one remaining cat who decided to craw under the covers and cancel any previous arrangements?
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It’s not the best of photos, I took it with the phone camera …I still haven’t set up my desk or art stuff or anything really. I need to plaster one of the walls of my room before I can move in, put up my desk, computer screen etc. There is only so much time in the day and I’ve been really busy trying to get my vegetable garden going to save the ailing plants I have moved up here from our old house. Yes, there should be a blog post on tunnel time about that soon…

I wish you all a happy summer solstice night and close today’s post with a photo from last year.
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Miss you, Morle, so much.

6 Responses to “20th of June – shortest night of the year”

  1. Leslie says:

    Wow.. that is one beautiful picture of the countryside.
    I am so sorry that you had to say goodbye to sweet Morle.
    Hoping your busy days reveal some beautiful light…

  2. Skytimes says:

    Oh NO! I’m so sorry to hear about sweet Morle. She was so cute and will surely be missed big time.

    It’s pretty grey here too. After spring pretended to be summer, now we’re back to April-weather. Bummer… Will hopefully improve soon. Can’t wait for update on the tunnel… Up for a phone/skype-call this week? It’s a long weekend and I’ll probably be working at home (taking advantage of the shitty weather). Would love to chat.

    Much love! xoxo

  3. Catherine W says:

    That’s a lovely photograph of your Morle.

    Love the attitude of your other cat, the weather has been making me feel the same way recently. Hope all the work in the garden and on the house goes smoothly xo

  4. angie says:

    I have been thinking of you all week, and then finally get an internet connection and read about Morle. So sorry, my dear friend. And I’m thinking of you as you approach Fionn’s birthday. Love. Showering you with love. As always.

  5. Beth says:

    So sorry to hear about your cat. Amy told me while I was visiting her. Hugs, friend.

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