We stood for quite a while last evening watching the moon rise. She shed her veil of cloud and hung on the horizon, golden, huge and low - bidding us to stay awhile and drink in her fullness perhaps. We watched her imperceptible climb into the darkening sky, beguiled enough to forget the biting cold that gnawed at our foolishly ungloved fingers. I wish I could admit to saying something more intelligent and articulate than 'Wow! Amazing'.
This blue moon isn't blue at all. A second full moon in a month is a comparatively rare occurence - hence 'once in a blue moon' to describe an unusual event. A little later in the evening we will see the shadow of a partial eclipse across its silvery face too. A very special moon indeed for New Year's Eve.
With all best wishes for 2010 from the small mountain kingdom of Trelystan - and if you have been, thanks for reading.