Monday, December 24, 2007

Moonrise ...

Last night I watched the moon rise over the river. It was a beautiful sight. It had rained all day ... a wonderful half inch of wetness ... a blessed gift to the trees and flowers that now lie dormant and those that stay green all year round. Then the clouds magically evaporated and this is what I saw.

I'm home from New York and greatful to be here. Though we had a lovely time, this is where my heart is ... in the peace and quiet along the banks of the South Fork Rivanna River.

At Christmas, New York City wears her finest garb and the people for the most part are polite and smiling. The sidewalks were packed with holiday shoppers and tourists like myself, just wandering 5th Avenue, snapping photos here and there. While we were there a "Grid Lock Alert" was posted and people were asked to take public transportation rather than drive their cars. It seemed that most people did still drive, because the buses were only half full. Cross streets especially were backed up with horns being honked by frustrated drivers. In a few days, I'll post some of the photos I took there.

Usually when I'm in the city I visit some of the museums. But this time I joined my husband in one of his "New York Theatre Binges." In four days and nights I saw three plays, all wonderful off Broadway hits ... 4 movies and attended a stunning performance of Handel's
Messiah, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and fabulous choral singers and soloists. We attended that concert the last night we were there and it was the perfect note to come home on. In between, we wandered through Rockefeller Center, various Christmas markets and the Avenues. Bill did see an extra play one afternoon when I chose to nap.

French Beaded Poinsettia Flower On My Mantel

Here is wishing all of you a very Happy Holiday season and a Peace Filled New Year!!


marja-leena said...

What an amazing photo of the moon! And what an amazing time in New York, a place I still haven't been to, can you imagine!? Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the New Year, with Peace in this World.

Lucy said...

Ah, the Messiah, now that's Christmassy!
Happy Christmas to you and yours, Joan.

Becca said...

Quite a contrast from the hustle and bustle of New York to your quiet river bank :) It's good to have some contrast like that from time to time.

Wishing you much happiness this holiday season :)

paris parfait said...

That is a gorgeous photo. And what a lot of fun things you managed to accomplish in a short time in NYC. How lucky that you got to see the Messiah performed! Sounds like the perfect Christmas trip. But always nice to come home, right? xo

tongue in cheek said...

The moon guided you home.
Beautiful photo!
Joyful holidays!

Anonymous said...

I saw that moon in Kansas City on Christmas eve as we drove north to my mom's best friend's place for dinner. It was HUGE and orange! I bet we were mesmerized at the time!

Glad you're back safe and sound... New York looks like fun this time of year!!!

mom&muppet said...

the pointsettia is so beautiful! not to mention the moon rise - not to mention your photography period! patti