Monday, November 30, 2009

Gates


I've often pondered the evolution of the gate...


Perhaps early in history gates were as much a part of keeping evil out as protecting those within.


As gentler times emerged they became a place to pass through, to find the secrets held within, enter a garden or a welcome to one's home...


So open the gates of December and let its wonderment and celebrations begin...

" Every year at just this time,
In cold and dark December,
Families around the world
All gather to remember,
With presents and with parties,
With feasting and with fun,
Customs and traditions
for people old and young."

Helen H. Moore

* Painting by Trisha Romance

14 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Something magical about gates. As these pictures softly say.

Pondside said...

I love the mystery of a gate - the promise of something interesting beyond...........
This summer we deer-fenced 2 acres and so needed to put an 8' gate on the driveway. It's a light gate and I think it says 'welcome' at the top of our little hill, rather than 'keep out' (except for deer!)I like the idea of swinging wide the gate for December to enter!

June said...

Oh boy, am I ever lovin' these gates. That first one is gorgeous...but I even love the humblest of gates here. There's just something about entering somewhere with a gate. A real welcome home feeling.
Hugs,
June

Lori said...

oh, my...the first picture is so pretty...i love that look!!!

Cottage Garden said...

There is something about a gate or a doorway. I love arches too and secret doorways in walls and gardens. A sense of mystery but also of homecoming. The gate in the snow is beautiful and you wonder about the 'big house' that it undoubtedly leads to ...

Another wonderful post Susan.

Jeanne x

Christine Crocker said...

Happy December dear Susan,

what a beautiful way to welcome in December.

such lovely gates and ponderings.

it's always so lovely here.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

What beautiful gates Susan...you have given them a whole new meaning with these gorgeous photos...all just so enchanting...and I agree with you...Let's open the gates of December...Happy December to you dear Susan...Dzintra♥x

Suzanne said...

Beautiful post on the "opening" of a new month. I rather like the idea of the gate opening to a secret garden of endless possibilities.
Happy December to you!

Heather said...

these are lovely! The gate in the snow is so gorgeous!~

Miss Gracie's House said...

Yes, December is here and with it, it is officially winter...such a pretty time of rest. Beautiful gates..I like the iron one the very best...so regal and grand.
Rene'

softinthehead said...

I love it! What an interesting thought and so elegantly put....Thanks Susan! Pam

jade said...

So wonderful pictures and a lovely poem - thank you for all your inspiration and also for your sweet comment!!! Have a wonderful sunday,

Hugs Jade

Lori said...

I thought that was a Trisha Romance ~ I adore her paintings and have 2 prints hanging in my home.

Rhondi said...

Hi
I saw your commment on another blog and came over to visit and I'm glad I did. I used to live in Toronto and so I've been to Niagara on the Lake lots of times. You are lucky to live in such a charming town. It was fun looking thorugh your posts and seeing the Trisha Romance pictures too. I have several ones from years ago.