Twilight, or the crepuscular hours, can be beautiful. The twilight of a warm summer’s evening, the twilight of a desert dawn, or the brief twilight following a tropical sunset, are especial favourites with me. But twilight that starts around eight in the morning, before a sunrise that barely happens, and then seems to go on for the entire day, as it did today, is altogether a case of glum crepusculum. Today was the fourth day of winter; assuming that winter’s official start was 1st June. It was wet, dreary, cold, grey and sunless. I am already over winter. And it’s only just begun.
What to do? Glumness is too dull to bear. Well, I made a hearty, spicy lentil soup! That was a bit cheering. But not quite cheering enough. So I made a golden, creamy custard which we ate for afternoon tea with homemade apple sauce and whipped cream. Not my usual ‘cuppa’ for afternoon sustenance but I figured that, if I was living in a twilight zone, a dessert, in place of tea, was neither here nor there. And it was delicious. One helping wasn’t enough. We had seconds.
Then what? Having fed my body, I decided to feed my mind, which is when I googled ‘twilight’. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crepuscular and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight). And I discovered that cats exhibit crepuscular behaviour which explains that cat you always see sitting at the gate, watching the world go by, shortly after sunset. That crepuscular activity is vespertine which I think is a lovely, languid, slinky word that perfectly describes that cat that sits and waits as the evening draws in.
Back in the realm of the ‘twilight zone’, I was amused to learn that another meaning for twilight zone is an “area of a city or town, usually surrounding the central business district, where houses have become dilapidated’. That meaning aptly describes the state of the centre of our city, post earthquakes.
But glum and gloomy as the day was, I have to admit the obvious, which is that twilight is never completely dark; it cannot be, because in every twilight there are always degrees of light. That is the essence of twilight. So to lighten the mood, and feed the soul, here are some photos.
The first series features my beloved Tibetan carpets. They are a riot of colour and joy and light up my life every time my eyes alight on them. And strange to think that such vibrancy came from the hands and hearts of Tibetan refugees, who had moved from one twilight zone to live in another in their temporary home in Nepal.
The big picture:These second photos were taken last week to celebrate the birthday and enlightenment of The Buddha.
Now, as I end this post, the true dark of night is here, and we again await the next twilight hour. It will be a matutinal twilight and, perhaps, will hold the promise of sunlight.© silkannthreades
Your rugs are beautiful!! Now I’m off to find a dictionary to explore my newly found vocabulary… 🙂
I love Words! And dictionaries.
ME too! 😉
What a bright new outlook about ‘twilight’. We’ve been having rather gloomy days the past two weeks and this post gave me a smile. Thanks.
I am so pleased the post brought a smile to you. We have also had a few more days of gloom. 😦
Sometimes our minds take a circular route or zigzag to approach a destination. You had an interesting journey, which led you to exactly where you needed to be.
And so I did, and so I did. Almost as though I traced all those circular and zig zagging patterns on the carpets themselves.
Oh the rich and vibrant textures of your Tibetan carpet was such a contrast to the day of twilight you were describing! The sudden lift and feast to the eyes to see such fine work and the lives and hands who brought it to life. I learnt about crepuscular and verspertine from here and also the existence of medlars. I shall be back to learn more. In the meantime could we have the recipe and photos of the spicy lentil soup and the creamy yummy custard? 😀 Many hugs from the other end of the world. Sharon
The carpets really did salvage my day. Lentil soup and custard recipes? I will put that on my list of things to remember to do 🙂
These are stunning carpet pictures. Absolutely beautiful.
We have a friend who once collected Navajo rugs. They were coarse, tough, and woven with rich symbols of the weavers’ lives and the tribes’ themes. There’s much meaning in rugs.
I am so glad you think they are beautiful. Rugs do have such rich meanings and I am a little sad that I don’t know much about the symbolism in mine.
Beautiful handmade carpets! Looks like really nice fabric.
Thanks. It’s very soft to touch and feels lovely under bare feet.
Beautiful… I really like handmade carpets.
Thank you. Handmade carpets are special, aren’t they?
Here’s an award for you! 🙂
Have a good day!
With loves, CW
Thank you CW. I have been very busy these last few days. Hope to get to visit your Blog soon.
ooooo, this was lovely.
crepuscular and twilight and strange and mysterious felines.
it’s June Gloom here in L.A – a strange grey-light.
happy we came to visit you.
But the light I see in your photos is always beautiful 🙂
thank you ever so much for saying that.
Nice and beautifull ethnic carpet….
interesting work of art…
I love your Tibetan rugs. Your post offered me much and the comments have added more.
I learnt about crepuscular rays recently from a fellow blogger. Now I know even more about that unusual word in its different forms/uses.
Now I am wondering if hedgehogs are crepuscular or nocturnal. Off to investigate.
What delicious patterns and colour combinations on your rugs. Crepusculum sounds like something that happens to a wound when it gets infected or something like that…..sounds positively unsavoury!
Doesn’t it just!
Also, one thing I really enjoy about the twilight time is when my four o’clocks are blooming. It’s so nice to see them spread their bloom when the rest of the garden folds theirs, saving them until the next day.
How fascinating. I don’t think I have seen four o’clocks.
Here is what they look like.
This image is a mix of the various colors they come in. They self sow year after year and bloom most of the spring and partly through summer. I have yellow and hot pink varieties.
They look gorgeous. And, as you say, so nice to have something sweet and blooming in the garden in the late afternoon.
Beautiful carpets! I have never seen a Tibetan carpet before…vibrant colors. I also enjoyed your pictures from last week, which I missed…so glad you included them again.
The carpets are a source of great fascination to me. Tibetan in design and production but the wool actually came from New Zealand. So in a way they have come home 🙂 The dyes are natural ones but I am not sure of their source.
Great artifact for family history.
Isn’t crepuscular a strange word. It doesn’t sound like what it means. These carpets ate just absolutely gorgeous and this post is fascinating. Bravo~
Thank you. Crepuscular sounds sort of creepy and gross, really:)
What a wonderful carpet. In your summer we see your lovely garden, and in winter we see your lovely indoor garden! and very interesting facts. …and then mentioning the custard and whipped cream… hmmmmm, I love your posts, something for the eye, something for the tummy and something for the mind! You are wonderful!
Thank you, dear Ute. Some days need attention from all angles to drag them away from gloom. Today the sun is shining and there is fresh snow on the mountains. Outside looks wonderful.
You captured the gorgeous carpets with so much detail…love them.
Thank you. It was fun trying to capture the designs.
so beautiful carpets , I wish I have one 🙂
I am glad you like them.
The creamy custard with homemade apple sauce and whipped cream sounds wonderful.
It was SOOOOO Good. I think I will have some more today even though the sun is out and there is no excuse for indulgence.
“Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.”
Henry Ward Beecher
We Canadians are just coming into our summer months! It has been a rainy winter, but the flowers have rewarded our patience! Believe it or not, Edmonton, Alberta where my brothers live had a deluge of snow this past year. They had snow in April! Aghhhh….
What a beautiful, beautiful quote. Here’s my smile 🙂 I am in awe of the way Canadians handle those long winter months.
We are a resolute breed. You should see the Canadians on the beaches in mid February when they go places that have son. Mostly have red sunburns….
Interesting and i learned something new – which I always appreciate. Cats? the Tibetan carpets are wonderful too.
It’s wonderful how much we can learn from the internet. I also read that dogs are naturally crepuscular. I have not noticed this with my dog but I think household dogs adapt better than cats to our human habits/routines.
Lovely photos – you’ve lightened the twilight for me (and taught me a new word) 🙂
I love the photos of your carpets too (as well as the ones of the celebration of the Buddha’s birthday and enlightenment). It’s so important to surround ourselves by things that inspire us, especially in the darker days of winter – you obviously know this! Beautiful, poetic post.
I am glad you enjoyed my attempts to brighten the day. In the Celtic tradition, and maybe in other traditions too, winter is a time to take care of the body and soul after the rigours of the summer and the harvest. Light and warmth come from the fire and the stories and songs that are told by those gathered around the hearth. In a modern house, I don’t have a fire/hearth so maybe my rugs and beautiful things can compensate for that firelight/sunlight 🙂
Do you have any indoor garden parks? For me, it is great to see flowers in the summer. I also like your colorful rugs 🙂 Annie
No indoor garden parks. Even the shopping malls have very few plants. My rug is like a garden of flowers in the house though.
very informative post, I´m going to start watching more my cat. 🙂 beautiful carpet
Thank you. Let me know what you discover from watching your cat 😉
It is interesting about the cat behavior. You have a very nice carpet.
Thank you. Cats are fascinating. I am sure you would agree 🙂
I am not a fan of winter either. Once Christmas is over I am ready for spring!
I hope some summer posts from USA (mine included) will be a bright spot for you.
I love the Tibetan carpet!
Yes, I do enjoy reading the summer posts, so keep them coming. Some bring back memories of my few summers on the East Coast. Pleased you share my joy in the Tibetan carpet.
Hummm… just read more about the crepuscular activity in cats. It is the last thing I would have imagined. These are very curious facts! Also, I didn’t know the architectural terms of the word. Very interesting post, as always!
Thank you for your encouraging words. It’s lovely how there is always so much to know. I don’t think I would make a good cat; I love lots of light and sunshine 🙂
Fascinating about “crepuscular activity” in cats! I’d never even heard the term before! Always learning new things when I visit your blog 🙂
Yes, it was fun to discover that cats are crepuscular creatures. I have always wondered why they were always out watching the world go by just as it was getting dark. Now I know!
Me too! 🙂
So many layers of meaning and thought in this post – so intriguing…
Thank you for noticing the layers 🙂 But, on a very basic level, I do so want to see some sunlight tomorrow!