In a Vase on Monday: In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak mid winter, frosty wind made moan

Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone

Another earworm for you this week, as I work my way through favourite Christmas carols! Although today is anything but bleak, with the sun finally appearing to reassure me that it hasn’t abandoned us after all. 😃 And with this clearer weather our temperatures are set to drop well below zero for several days, so the earth certainly will be hard as iron.


After a brief walk out into the woods this morning, I came back with a bucketful of greenery to distribute around the house.

It was lovely in the woods.

I wished I could reach that big ball of mistletoe at the top of this fir tree… can you see it? 😉

So this is my ‘vase’ for today, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme.

I was so pleased I could find a few berries to decorate it with: Pyracantha from the garden and Euonymus from the hedges.

And the silvery seedhead is perhaps the last of the Queen Ann’s Lace.

Have a lovely week and stay nice and warm if you are in a cold climate like me! ❄️☀️


34 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: In the Bleak Midwinter

  1. How wonderful to have woods nearby to walk in! I’m sure those fresh greens smell great, as well as looking beautiful on the table. Best wishes for a happy Christmas, Cathy!

  2. Oh this is lovely Cathy – and isn’t that euonymus pretty?! Shame about the mistletoe… I very belatedly made a wreath for our front door yesterday, this year without any holly berries as they had all gone!

  3. Wonderful and classic holiday arrangement. I love fir, spruce and hemlock cuttings for the holidays – and the trees (I have a tiny tabletop Frasier Fir) Your woods are fantastic, something I miss – too far south. I enjoyed seeing the woods, what type of fir is the overstory? I don’t know that carol..reject the bleak. The solstice is upon us. Happy Holidays!

    • Haha! I haven’t dared send the drone up in the woods yet. (See the telephone line in that photo too?!) In fact I haven’t practised much at all… I am not technically minded and do not have a laptop any more, only an ipad, so getting my head around editing, saving and storing videos is a bit of a nightmare. Günter has bought himself one too, for flying over our woods to check for damaged trees. (He didn’t want to risk crashing mine!) So he will help me work things out. Do you need to register yours in France? They changed the regulations here last spring. By the way, watched your latest video last night on YouTube and loved it. Really atmospheric. 😃 👍

      • Once you get the hang of it you’ll love it, it changes your perspective, truly magical. Should be no problem to edit on the ipad. I‘m not a computer geek and have managed fine😁

  4. It is such a nice idea to be able to wander out into the woods from your door. I am slightly jealous (East Anglia is not known for it’s forests and woods!! 🤣 ). I’ll live vicariously through your post. Happy Christmas, Cathy!

    • There is, however, nothing quite like an English forest! Our woods are mostly evergreens here, with their own charm admittedly. Happy Christmas Allison!

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