Sunday, 1 February 2009


Yesterday we had a beautiful, sunny day with -15 degrees C or +5 F, no wind, the sun felt warm on my face when I took these photos. The bare trees had literally icing on the branches; I believe I could have heard a little tinkling if there had been any wind. You can click the photos to enlarge and see the glass-like ice.

I took the photos at noon, to demonstrate the increase of light around these northern corners at this time of the year. On January 31st the sun rose at 8.37 a.m. and set at 4.31 p.m. This is how high the sun was at the highest:

The following picture was taken a month ago, on December 31st at noon in the same place. Sunrise was at 9.24 a.m. and sunset at 3.23 p.m. My almanach states the dark hours of the 22nd day of each month; in December it was dark for 16 h 14 min on that day and in January only 15 h 8 min. The time of morning grey and twilight was in December 51 minutes and in January 58 minutes. By the spring equinox the day will be about five hours longer than now.

With the increasing light I hope to increase my energy as well. I'm thinking about things like changing the plants in bigger pots, reorganizing some more stash, starting some new projects and so on. Next week my dear daughter Kaija will come and stay in her old room for a couple of days; she will be starting a new school and there will be a few school days per month near here. Having her here will inspire me. I'm sure I will want to have something to show when she comes back from school!

A couple of days ago Suzie, the Little Busy Bee, gave me this award:

Thank you, Suzie!
It came without any rules, and that is how I'm giving it forward to the following creative bloggers:

As an awarded creative blogger I feel like I ought to show something I have been sewing for a change. I have been mainly working on the stars I have already shown, and on the very secret Time of Tea Swap, so no crafty photos doesn't mean I have been lazy! I will try to make some sneaky peek photos of the tea project when the sun is up again.


  1. thanks for this award Ulla. Your snow looks beautiful, we are forecast a lot of snow, as yet it hasn't appeared, I am waiting with baited breath!

  2. Tack för awarden Ulla.....kul att du tänker på mig.

  3. Hi Ulla, love your pictures, it is a joy to visit through them. How are you? It is wonderful your daughter will be with you for a visit, I know how you feel. Enjoy! Take care my friend. Hugs, Marie

  4. Burrrr!! It looks soooo cold there...Where I live it is in the low 70's-F.

  5. Thank you so much for the award Ulla and congratulations on receiving it.

    Your icicle music tree is so beautiful. It must be a relief to have more light again.

    Good luck with your secret swap. :-)

  6. What a pretty award! Thank you Ulla. :-)

    Ok.. we had ice on our trees too.. and the wind was blowing. It is not tinkly like bells.. but more of a crackly sound. I had never in my life heard that sound before.. very eerie.. and COLD.


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