And the first of my time-of-the-year traditions rolled by this past weekend – the annual Christmas weekend with the scouts. We had a weekend with (largely) brilliant weather – if cold. The photo above is a good view from the forest out to the early Saturday morning light.
And it was good to see sunlight – with still a couple of weeks to go to Winter Solstice, where the day is only 7 hours long, it is getting rather dark around here. So every ray counts!
While it undeniably is pretty, the moon doesn’t quite serve the same receptors. On Friday night, we ran an adventure scouting race with the scouts – and of course we were manning various posts. In the waiting time at post 5 until the patrols started coming through, I had plenty of time to enjoy a spectacular moonlit night sky with Orion, my favourite constellation, displayed optimally. And yes, it was cold – a couple of degrees below freezing – but there was no wind and I was actually well dressed* for the occasion, so all was well.
(*dressing well here meant layers: merino wool as base layers, my RAB down jacket, Fjällräven trousers, and North Face Gore-Tex Pro Shell as the shell jacket and trousers. Plus my spiffing new Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boots – replacements for the worn-out ones that a.o. carried me to the top of Kilimanjaro. )
The music for today and the week is slowly turning to the more and more danceable – the big company do for Christmas is on Friday, so the moves need to be mentally trained 😉
Take On Me – A-ha
Horny ’98 – Mousse T. vs Hot ’n’ Juicy
I Got You Babe – UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde
Voulez-Vous – ABBA
Photo by me