Saturday, January 02, 2010

"Chinese Lanterns In Lakeland Skies.."

Our Friends From The North live on the shores of Lake Coniston. And here is the fabulous view across the lake from their balcony, 1st thing New Years Day.

We arrived late afternoon New Years Eve in time for their regular NY Eve party. And although I've seen this part of the world many times, it never looked lovelier....
Driving along the length of the icy lake was magical: trees, black etched sculptures, beautiful skeletons...snow,
possibly every shade of white (!)... the brooding wintery mountains...and the moon: massive, majestic, mysterious...there in the dying light...

AND the party itself was as we expected: our friends' friends, brimming with smiles and stories.....we the outsiders but made more than welcome.
AND after Midnight, several folk released huge Chinese lanterns...up into the Cumbrian skies, along the ridge of the mountains, towards the vast waters of the lake...until they drifted beyond our sight....


Blogger Philippa said...

Looked wonderful, Jan. I love the idea of every shade of white; we've had so very little of it down here in 'the south'. In fact, we've only seen frost, no snow. Such a shame when one doesn't have to go out in it, it would have been lovely over Christmas or New Year to have felt trapped in the house, the Rayburn blazing, filling the house with scents of musty apples, and gaze out over Dartmoor to a scene like an iced cake.

3:55 pm  
Blogger elizabethm said...

Looks absolutely magical Jan. I love the lanterns. We had an extraordinary full moon here on NYE. Happy New Year, hope 2010 is good for you.

9:17 pm  
Blogger liz fenwick said...

Sounds so beautiful. Love the image of the lanterns.

Happy New Year

5:26 pm  
Blogger cheshire wife said...

On any other night of the year would adults be out in the snow at midnight letting of Chinses lanterns?

A Happy New Year to you!

5:40 pm  
Anonymous marly said...

"the frail illegal fire balloons"

You made me think of Bishop... never a bad thing.

It does look like a wonderful night. Me, I was helping with college applications... We usually have a big party, but we had a procrastinator in the house.

2:39 pm  
Blogger Claire Beynon said...

Hi Jan - my favourite community gathering in Dunedin is our Winter Solstice 'Festival of Lights', not least for the spectacle of paper lanterns. Preparations for this night begin weeks ahead of time with puppet- and lantern-making workshops for anyone keen to make a contribution. The evening itself is enchanting - literally hundreds of imaginative, candlelit shapes parade around our city's Octagon (or substitute for a square!); more than enough to get this woman's emotions all stirred up! Your giant lanterns must have looked quiet eerie drifting away over those black skeleton trees, the moon huge and brooding. Oh, and of course, all that ice and snow underfoot. It sounds so wonderful!

Have an excellent 2010, Jan.

9:01 am  
Blogger Claire Beynon said...

Oops - typing too fast. Forgive me my spelling mistakes! I meant 'our substitute'... and 'quite eerie'. L, C

9:03 am  
Blogger Jan said...

Oh Dear! I don't think you can complain re lack of snow now, can you??!

You too. And you live in another fabulous psrt of the world too!

Yes, it was quite something.

Chesh Wife:
Hmm. You're absolutely right!

Great quote.
And hope the applications are all

This sounds lovely.
Thasnkyou for that, Claire

3:55 pm  

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