11 Dec 2017

Quiet Days

Many of us in the UK have had more snow over the weekend which has settled. It has not been heavy here, but the hills make it more difficult to get out-and-about. I had a pottery workshop booked in for later in the day, but I won't be able to go out today either for walking or driving down the hill to the main roads and bus/tram services because of the cold temperatures and the icy conditions.

Yesterday we lit the second candle on our Advent Wreath.  This year I improvised and used a vintage green glass fruit bowl with  four small tea lights for each Sunday of Advent.  There is plenty of greenery in the garden to make the wreath and I added some dried red roses from a collection of flowers and petals I had dried this year after receiving bunches of them as gifts. 

The Advent Wreath, Sheffield Anglican Cathedral
design Corin Mellor

artwork by one of the art and spirituality groups

'Love in Bloom'

The Advent Wreath Sheffield R.C. Cathedral

The city is a busy one at any time, but especially at this time of the year.  I enjoy seeing the Christmas decorations, doing some window shopping. However, I also like to find a quiet place to sit for a while and a church is a good one for me. The Anglican Cathedral has a collection of prayer installations 'exploring the promise of God to bring light from darkness and create beauty from chaos' and the Roman Catholic Cathedral has a Festival of Angels where children's artwork depicting angels decorate the church.

the Christmas tree outside Sheffield Town Hall

Back at home the nativity set was placed in the entrance hall. Each evening, curtains are drawn and candles are lit.  It's good to get to the end of the year, look back with thanks as well as look forward with anticipation and hope.
Wishing you a good day and a peaceful week,
Linda :)