|Adoration of the Magi, folio 52r|
In Scotland he was known as the 'Abbot of Unreason' and here in France as the 'Prince des Sots'. Whatever his name the revels were often pretty wild and would have resulted in many a bleary eye and pounding head at services on Epiphany as the cover of the Jethro Tull album 'Minstrel in the Gallery' does a fine job of illustrating!
The same cannot be said about those who make up the retinues of the three Magi in the illumination from the Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry on the left; although they do look to be indulging in quite a bit of chatter!
Minstrel in the Gallery, © Jethro Tull
We always keep our Christmas cards and decorations up until Epiphany so today we have been busy tidying up the house. As sorry as we are to once more pack the decorations away we do like the return to an 'emptier' house. It may feel odd for a day or so but then all 'feels' normal again. We always have a real tree so it has been dispatched to the pile of wood/branches we have designated to be chopped for kindling or chipped for mulch; it will be chipped.
One of the other little traditions we have is we leave our presents out as well -- books being the exception as they are often already being well perused!
Sarah brought us each a beautiful crotchetted scarf as a gift when she came and stayed. One has lovely sage green and beige stripes, the other is in pale blue and taupe. She made them herself. We had a job trying to keep Katinka from sleeping on them! They are made of deliciously soft wool and are nice and fluffy. Mademoiselle took one look and decided that they were obviously meant for her!
|scarves from Sarah|
Meteo says that it will turn colder so we are looking forward to putting them to good use.
Perhaps today is a taster: blue skies and bright sun, but colder than recently. There was even a slight touch of frost this morning.