December 21, 2009 – Winter Solstice

I had great concerns about getting the bonfire lit.  To start with, it was buried in a four foot snowdrift with lots of wind-blown snow inside.

I had a few old pallets lying around the farm, so I stuffed those with newsprint and piled them on top of the fire.

We had youth from the church come over early and they helped stuff newspaper in every possible gap in the pile. About three gallons of old fuel oil from the tanks int he basement completed the incendiary preparations.

Dr. Rev Eslinger led the procession with the playing of the pipes.

Brian shared a few stories, words of the season, and offered a time to reflect on the year past and year to come around by the blazing yule.

Combustion!  A rousing success as the fire overcame the snow. I was relieved as the 120 or so attendees mark the bonfire as the highlight of the evening.

Martin and Hayden helping to light up the longest night of the year.

one year ago…”Awful Wind”