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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice!




No, that's not the winter solstice sun rising over my garden this morning. It's frost on my orange bowling ball, which cost me all of about $1.99 at my local thrift store. It decorates my garden, along with a blue one and a bright pink one.

This morning at 8:28 Pacific time the winter solstice occurred in the Northern Hemisphere. It's the shortest day of the year, and here in our Washington latitude the sun rose at 7:53 and will set tonight at 4:22 p.m., for 8 hours, 29 minutes and 3 seconds of daylight. It will not actually be our earliest sunset, that happened back on December 5, at 4:19. The temperature overnight got down into the mid-20s, which I think is cold.

I haven't been doing much gardening lately. It's been too cold, and when it hasn't been cold, it's been wet.

I've been baking cookies -- a specific type of cookie called a Jammie Dodger. The term Jammie Dodger is probably unfamiliar to most Americans, it's a British thing. They were a Christmas request from my husband Nigel, who, as many of you know, is English (and a Doctor Who fan, of course).

Jammie Dodgers in the making





Doctor Who Saves the World with a Jammie Dodger

I doubt if my Jammie Dodgers will save the world, but they are quite yummy. Cookies (biscuits if you're British) will probably save my sanity, in the absence of gardening.

11 comments:

  1. I didn't know you were married to an Englishman. I'm a total anglophile and think are so lucky to be able to listen to that fantastic accent all the time. Your Jammie Dodger biscuits look awesome; Nigel is a lucky guy.

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  2. Look nicer than the jammy dodgers we buy here

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  3. You are a wonderful wife! I can't even remember how many years it's been since I baked Christmas cookies and now my husband's extreme low salt diet makes any kind of baking all the harder. (Translation: it's not going to happen.) Your daylight stats had me checking ours. We get almost an hour and a half more sun than you do at this time of year but of course you get longer days than we do in summer, which is when it really counts.

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  4. Mmmmm....Jammie Dodgers look mighty delicious. Interesting that this is not the earliest that the sun sets, I did not realize that. Thank you for enlightening me and Happy Solstice, to Bowling Ball and everyone. Cheers.

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  5. Look at you getting all domestic. I'm impressed with your baking skill and the cool bowling ball shot. Happy solstice to you!

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  6. I’m curious what your cookie filling is? Happy return to all that is good in the world, well if we could get rid of that idiot in the White House.

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  7. I was not familiar with Jammie Dodgers, but they do look yummy. We finally had a real frost this morning on the first day of winter. Kinda' cool.

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  8. Those cookies look good - yum!

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  9. The Jammie Dodgers look excellent! Paul and Mary would approve.

    I've been baking too. Tis the season! Every year I bake gingersnaps that my husband gives away at work. This year I made over 1300. It's easy to make a lot with a single simple recipe like that. It lessens my very slight guilt over having not made a holiday meal in years.

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  10. I was just thinking of Jammy Dodgers ! I baked a Christmas cake and Sausage rolls , so I should wait a bit ....

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  11. The name Jammie Dodgers makes me smile and they do look yummy. Your orange bowling ball is quite pretty with the frost on it.

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