It’s our fifteenth winter solstice in Almonte, and December 21st marks the fifteenth anniversary of my retirement from the workplace.
I have written before about this anniversary and about the anniversary of moving to the Valley, so I won’t go into all the details in this post. Suffice it to say that making the decision to go back to Eastern Ontario and spend the final chapters of our lives here in this Hallmark Christmas movie town has been a good one. Maria has found an interesting volunteer career and I have returned to my small town roots. Plus lots of great opportunities abound to photograph Almonte in all the changing times and seasons.
This used to be a very depressing time of year – going out in the dark and returning in the dark. Now the days are short and you are lucky to get one or two errands done before the darkness closes in. Thank goodness for cataract surgery which has restored my ability to drive in the dark, even if my reflexes aren’t as good as they once were.
But the recurring winter solstice will continue to mark a great change in life and lifestyle. As long as it lasts, we should be grateful.