No snow, but still festive


I have been struck this Christmas by an overriding incongruity. This is the most wintery of holidays, and everything, from the food to the songs, is about cold and snow and fireplaces. But it’s dry and sunny and not nearly cold enough to light a fire. Even the decorations in the shops seem to have broken with tradition. How about this cool snake?(which I would have bought if I had room on my tree.)


This photo could have been taken in October. (Check out the Cooper’s hawk perched in the middle of our stone wall.) Also notice the neighbor’s lawn on the left, which his idiot landscapers fertilized and treated last week AFTER cutting it – in mid-December! The result is burned turf, and because grass can’t absorb anything now because it’s dormant, most of the nutrients and poisons ran right off into the salt pond during the heavy rain we had the next day. Thanks a lot, Dude.

IMG_3528I took this photo of the Pawcatuck River while walking with a colleague during our lunch break. The river separates Rhode Island and Connecticut. I was standing in the River Bend cemetery, a lovely and restful place. The other bank of the river is the CT side. Not very Christmasy this year, but peaceful and beautiful nonetheless.

Hiking in the woods on the day after Christmas, it was weird seeing everything all brown. Then we noticed a small pine, decorated with a few ornaments.

IMG_3571On the way back, we saw another decorated pine. The ornaments were twinkling in the sunlight.

IMG_3572Little touches of Christmas in the woods. I found them sweet and sort of reassuring.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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6 Responses to No snow, but still festive

  1. It is very green here, as well. If you didn’t know what month it was, you certainly wouldn’t guess December. And the end of it, too. I really like that touch of Christmas in the woods!


  2. CJ Wright says:

    Looks like you’re having a Southern Christmas. All winters are like that here in Georgia. 😦 I sure miss the snow sometimes and the cold. It makes for a pretty Spring. Those decorated trees in the woods must have been a wonderful surprise. I’m inspired to hang a few ornaments on some country trees. Happy New Year, dn!


    • dirtynailz says:

      Happy New Year to you, CJ. We have spent a Christmas or two in the south and they were like the one we’re experiencing now – only with better food!


      • CJ Wright says:

        So funny. I’m longing for all the good Northern fare. Try finding a decent bagel in Hooterville. 🙂 Seems like it should be so easy to have the best of all worlds.


      • dirtynailz says:

        My holy grail when I moved to RI was coffee. I even imported it for the first 6 months until I finally found a decent roaster here.


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