The brightest spot of light in the sky. Far too bright to be just a star, but bright enough to know that it isn’t a star. So bright that if you look at it intently, even with the naked eyes, you would be able to make out a circular silvery hue all around it.
Although the Goddess was not seen from atop a mountain, it really did look like it was burning like a silver flame. That was Venus seen from the flat lands of the Netherlands yesterday evening.
With the dusk setting in amidst the blueish hue of the sky, the sight was much too mesmerising to ignore. Not too far away from Venus was another bright light that could be seen from the naked eye, but far too difficult to be captured on the camera phone. That was Mars.
Winter Solstice’s debuted just 2 days ago. That means, we are now right in the middle of having the shortest several days of the year. It gets dark by 4.30 pm and by 5 pm, it would be pitch black. It’s been pretty chilly, too. The wind has been howling away!
But all that seems to be forgotten the moment we look up at the sky. The nights, when not cloudy, have been beautiful. And to be able to see some of the nearby planets so clearly is really such a treat. It’s been fascinating!
And in no relation to the planets which we’ve managed to spot with our naked eyes in the last few days, here’s our very own Christmas tree.
We’ve only put it up a week (or was it two weeks?) ago. If it was up to me, I can’t be bothered with one given the clutter we have at home…but the kids (and the head instigator, Silver Bullet) have been nagging me about it. I caved in the end, of course.
Like the other years before this, this time of the year is always about family time. And food. And it used to be just us and perhaps some friends, despite it being a working day on Christmas Day.
In a way, tomorrow will be no exception; it’ll still be about family and we’ll all be stuffing our faces. But it would be more than just the four of us. This time, it would be with family-family, on Christmas Day and not being in Bangkok.
Here’s to family time and our very first Christmas in the Netherlands! Ho!Ho!Ho!