Monday, December 21, 2009

Glad Yule! Joyous Solstice!

O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . .
I crown thee king of intimate delights,
Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness,
And all the comforts that the lowly roof
Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours
Of long uninterrupted evening, know.
William Cowper

This year's Solstice video, featuring "In the Winter's Pale" by Tim Story:

And my favorite Winter Solstice song, Jethro Tull's "Ring Out Solstice Bells". I found this original promotional clip for the song, complete with great animation. Glad Yule! Have a blessed Solstice, by whatever name you give it and however you celebrate it!

Photo & lettering art © 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger
PS - Check back on Christmas Eve, I have a very special post coming.


  1. Roy, I'm posting the Tull later today! It's already set to go, I tell you!

    Beautiful images in your vid; good Solstice to you.

  2. P.S. I can't get your playlist at right to work.

  3. Thanks, tut! Great minds think alike and all that. And the playlist works for me, so I have no idea why it doesn't work for you.

  4. Happy Winter Solstace, does that make ours the Summer Solstace? I'll be back Christmas eve, well maybe . . . if not, defo on Boxing Day. (Recovery day!) Have a wonderful Christmas Roy.

  5. what a gorgeous solstice video you created - thank you for bringing light to today's celebration. I'm copying the poem to put into our poem basket for next year's celebration (we celebrated on solstice eve this year since)

    thank you!

  6. Welcome Winter!! Beautiful post, Roy.

  7. Well you are an inspiration on how to enjoy the dark. Must come back again when I need some light!

    Happy Solstice to you!

  8. I totally forgot the Tull tune! And the playlist is working fine( some nice selections here, Roy )...Happy winter solstice; Happy Christmas; Happy New Year!