Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five gold rings,
Four calling birds,
Thee French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.
The process for making these paper collages is rather complicated to get any detail, but I rather enjoy the making.
|These get augmented with markers and gel pens, then are assembled. The face and hands pieces get drawn in colored pencil, then all parts are mounted on the background sheet over a lightbox.|
The Second of January is an ancient Alemannic holiday still celebrated in certain German-speaking areas of Switzerland and southern Germany and Lichtenstein. It is not a saint's name day, but is said to come from the old verb "berchten" - "to walk around asking for food." In modern times people visit and meet at pubs, and some areas have parades of masked revelers. In Switzerland a few Cantons have public holidays, and quite a number of German-speaking Canton's have public buildings and businesses closed, including in Zürich.We could ask Maria about the colorful old customs in her town in Appenzell.
|A wet, rainy day today|
I have been thinking about what to do about this blog. It served its purpose in Advent - from my end - to keep me on track to get the preparations done for Christmas, that I likely would not have managed otherwise. That was good, and I heard some nice words from numbers of people about those preparations. Thank you.
On the other hand, I most certainly don't need a blog to blab about myself, nor do I have a business to promote, nor is a blog much use for social communication; and I think most everyone is awash in blogs and social media already without adding more, so I have considered dropping this after Epiphany, and maybe revive it next Advent.
I have, however, had to learn some new things about computers, so in that sense it is helpful to me to do this. Stefan said just to leave it and whoever wants to can use it sporadically, which could be O.K., but I'd guess that even fewer people look at sporadic blogs than regular blogs. So this is just a heads up, that I am thinking. Comments welcome, of course.
|On the front porch - a gift from guests with thoughts on spring. The garden catalogues will come in the mail soon.|