winter in south louisiana leaves a lot to be desired but the cypress, they never fail to regale me with their color. each afternoon as the sun sets, i am drawn outdoors long enough to see them aflame in all their fiery glory. a rusty red blaze of a swan song that i never tire of.

and today, winter solstice, it seems we have a touch of winter. cold and bright. i’ll be out this afternoon drinking in the cypress and the setting sun. how will you mark the solstice?

i’ll be away from this space to celebrate the solstice, a first birthday, christmas…popping back in at some point between christmas and new year. so until then, stay warm, hug your loved ones, and enjoy this holiday season!

ps: in case you missed it yesterday, i have a post over at rhythm of the home.

pps: the upcoming themes for kindred have been posted over here!

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  • Beautiful photos! Happy Solstice and God Jul to you and yours!ReplyCancel

  • Merry Christmas Amanda. I wish you and your family so much happiness and I hope you enjoy each and every day my dear friend.ReplyCancel

  • del

    The older I get, the more I love winter in the south. No, we don’t get the pretty snow, but we also don’t get all the work that comes along with it.

    Very Merry Christmas to you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • May all your celebrations be merry and bright. Happiness and joy to you and yours, Amanda.ReplyCancel

  • Happy Solstice! (:

    We spend a cozy evening at home. A yummy, hot meal is prepared, a fire is lit, wishes are made. And then the goodies are doled out to the boys. Chaos usually follows. (:ReplyCancel

  • Oh! Those trees are beautiful! I would be ‘drinking in the cypress and the setting sun’ too!

    A happy birthday to your little one and a wonderful holiday season to you and the family!ReplyCancel

  • Happy solstice and Merry Christmas to you and yours, Amanda! Enjoy the holiday season.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! I could see a sweater (cardigan) in that color and it would look fantastic on me!! Hope you have a lovely holiday!ReplyCancel

  • Happy Winter Solstice!

    We will watch the stars and make wishes on the new season. We will tuck inside by the fire and tackle a BIG puzzle. Today marks the end of school for Winter break so we will hear many “Wahooo’s” coming from every room in the house. There might even be cups of hot cocoa in our future, yes most definitely!

    Happy Holidays to you and your lovely family Amanda.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful. Reminds me of the color of so many Southern rivers, caramelized sugar-brown from the Cypress roots. We’re celebrating the solstice today by taking a nice long walk this afternoon and lighting candles all over the house tonight while we enjoy a munchie dinner of snacks and treats. Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday! xo, KatieReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    Such lovely pictures!!! :-) We’re celebrating tonight by going to Celebration in the Oaks where my daughter is performing with her dance school. We will shiver and smile and ride the rides and look at the lights. Then begins a flurry of baking over the next few days. And the holidays culminate with spending Christmas Eve with my inlaws and Christmas day with my family. It’s a busy and lovely time. Wishing everyone a Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas and a lovely holiday. May next year be a better one for us all.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful photos Amanda.
    The last one is my very favorite.

    Merry holiday wishes (birthday too) to you and your loved ones.


  • lovely photos my dear! hope you all have a fabulous holiday. della sends r a big fat hug!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful….and may your Christmas be wonderful too Amanda!

  • I had to pause for a long moment at that first photo… stunning.
    Happy Solstice!
    Wishing you wonderful celebrations!ReplyCancel

  • Manise

    Happy Solstice and a very Happy Birthday to the wee lass! Wonderful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Merry Christmas to you and yours, and happy birthday to the little one xReplyCancel

  • That baby is a year?????
    And is that house yours?????
    My goodness.
    Love to you my dear over the holidays.

  • All the best to you and yours, enjoy every moment. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • wishing you happy, magical days amanda & family!!ReplyCancel

  • Felicia Jones

    Beautiful pictures! I was hoping for a white Christmas here in Toronto, but so far…nothing. It is my Christmas wish and I continue to hope. I wish you and your family all the best of what this season has to offer.ReplyCancel

  • Merry Christmas, Amanda!ReplyCancel

  • enjoy your celebrations…and that gorgeous cypress.ReplyCancel

  • I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas, and well wishes for celebrating with your family in the upcoming week. These are beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • happy solstice, merry christmas, + happy new year to you amanda!ReplyCancel

  • Merry Christmas to you all and happy belated birthday to your lass!! May your year ahead be blessed with the very best gifts! Much love, RReplyCancel

  • Merry Christmas dear friend.