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1st December - On some momentous journey bound...

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The Advent wind begins to stir
With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir,
It's dark at breakfast, dark at tea,
And in between we only see
Clouds hurrying across the sky
And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry
And branches bending to the gale
Against great skies all silver pale
The world seems travelling into space,
And travelling at a faster pace
Than in the leisured summer weather
When we and it sit out together,
For now we feel the world spin round
On some momentous journey bound -
Journey to what? to whom? to where?
The Advent bells call out 'Prepare,
Your world is journeying to the birth
Of God made Man for us on earth.'

From Advent 1955 by John Betjemen

As we kick off the Advent Calendar we are snowed in here in the Surrey Hills. So warm winter wishes to you all for advent from me, The Beloved Spaceman, The Divine Daughter and Fable Fairy Tail x

And special good wishes to Viv who organized the calendar this year xx

Posted by Twiglet

1st Dec 2010, 07:01   | tags:,,

nige says:

Indeed. Love the words too. Betjeman is so evocative.

1st Dec 2010, 08:38

Viv says:

Many thanks Twiglet great start

1st Dec 2010, 12:37

Twiglet says:

Thanks and thanks for the highlight x

Nige I love Betjeman, another love I shared with my late mother. His Christmas and religious work is fabulous.

I'm looking forward to seeing the other 23 days... : )

1st Dec 2010, 14:22

Viv says:

His voice and way of speaking were so distinctive. I can hear him saying it in my head.

1st Dec 2010, 14:38

Twiglet says:

BS's half a sister and her husband attend a famous London Church and we always join them for the carol service. Last year she read this poem as part of the nine readings. She is an absolute brilliant reader, it was fantastic. : )

1st Dec 2010, 14:43

jc1000000 says:

Woohoo! I had forgot it was december today - now I can't wait to see all the doors! Great start Twiglet. And thanks Viv for organising *everything*. Legends all.

1st Dec 2010, 15:42

Twiglet says:

Yay jc! XXXX

1st Dec 2010, 15:50

A fantastic opener: beautiful image and beautiful imagery! :)

It's nice to get the reminder that poetry used to be good.


1st Dec 2010, 16:21

Dazzle_Dust says:

I love carol services and miss them now I'm not at school. I'm getting a bit nervous about my image now...

1st Dec 2010, 17:28

Twiglet says:

Thank you Laszlo, you're too kind! x

Dazzle_Dust: Come with us, you know the Cs and the carol service is magnificently grand.. x

1st Dec 2010, 18:27

Spiderbaby says:

What lovely bright holly! Great start to the calendar.
December caught me by surprise this time too. I was merrily going about by November 31st business until I realised my mistake :) I reckon I need a bit of holly to sharpen me up!

1st Dec 2010, 19:34

jc1000000 says:

If you want to add the adventcalendar widget to your blog sidebar just copy and paste this code and embed it between an opening and closing <*form><*textarea> <*/form><*/textarea> (delete all astericks)" alt="brought to you by" />

2nd Dec 2010, 00:55

jc1000000 says:

damn that didnt work - will try and fix and get back to you!

2nd Dec 2010, 00:59

Lyzardly says:

What a lovely start!

2nd Dec 2010, 03:20

queserasara says:

Ahh that's beautiful

2nd Dec 2010, 08:30

Twiglet says:

Thanks everyone. : )

2nd Dec 2010, 10:35

Wendle says:

Woo! Merry December 1st!

2nd Dec 2010, 14:25

Gael says:

I like the idea of a picture and a poem : )

2nd Dec 2010, 14:49

Great start Twiglet. Lovely words and as always superb picture. Hope you have a good winter season. Can't believe its December....................

2nd Dec 2010, 16:04

Twiglet says:

Thanks people! I'm actually speechless (well, nearly) at the number of views this has had... : )

2nd Dec 2010, 17:57

Spiderbaby says:

It's nearly working jc! Thanks for trying anyway.

2nd Dec 2010, 21:01

Nic says:

Great start to the calendar. Enjoy the winter season. :)

3rd Dec 2010, 11:58

Dania says:

Oh, this is lovely!

3rd Dec 2010, 22:49

CandyMan says:

Oh wow!

3rd Dec 2010, 23:11

Twiglet says:

Thanks Nic, Dania, Candy x

4th Dec 2010, 09:25

mysteritmo says:

Good start. Lovely image!

5th Dec 2010, 18:22

Twiglet says:

Thanks mysteritmo

5th Dec 2010, 21:00

MaggieD says:

Just getting back into this, always loved the Moblog advent calender, and this is a fabulous start :)

12th Dec 2010, 18:32