Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Star of wonder...


Stars.

On the one hand they are tiny details that can be easily missed in the hustle and bustle of life. Lost in city light pollution. Rushing through town on those last minute festive errands it's easy to forget the beautiful details if you keep your eyes to the ground. On the one other hand they are huge, intricately made and full of wonder.

Taking a little time out last night I strolled through the cobbled streets of picturesque Stockbridge on my way to a quiet birthday gathering. The rain was beating down as made my way through the windy alleyways. Truth be known, I hate rain. I will however make the exception if I am snuggled up by a fireside clutching a hot chocolate like a long lost relative.

Last night wandering through wet streets dodging puddles seemed strangely peaceful. The walk to my venue allowed me to take a little time out. To gather my thoughts. To shrug off the day. To notice the smallest of details and appreciate the fact that in Edinburgh, beauty is everywhere to be found.

We gathered around tables at a new wine and cheese café. What could be more perfect that hiding from bad weather in good company, with a few nibbles and an inviting glass of red? It was the dream.

Cosy conversation; fun and laughter; Christmas décor and a great soundtrack as we kicked back to relax in the presence of friends while the rain pattered down on window panes. Simple things, yet bringing true delight.

I happened to snap this photo of a star as it drew my attention in a shop doorway. It was magical. The best thing was it caught my eye when I was least expecting it.

Advent is a season of hope. Waiting for answers. Desperately seeking guidance in difficult situation. Searching out signs and wonders. Re-framing our expectation that the season will change. Whatever you may be wishing on a star for, best to always be patient in the wait. And appreciate the unexpected beauty in that time...

'cause you're a sky full of stars
Such a heavenly view


#THEREGOESXMAS








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