If I was a good witch, maybe I would be out shivering on some frozen hill or clifftop, or at some windswept Megalith with a bunch of hardened druids, waiting and watching for the glorious rays of the newborn sun to spill across the ice-bound land, heralding a new day and the turning of the year.
But I'm not a good witch - I'm a bad witch. And if you are reading this at 8am, just as this post goes live, then I am currently curled up snug in my warm bed, sleeping off a hangover.
My excuse - it's been a weekend of some heavy partying. There was my work's Christmas do on Friday then two wonderful Yule celebrations on Saturday and Sunday. Or, at least, I am assuming the one on Sunday will have been wonderful.
You see, I'm not only a bad witch, I'm also a bit of a cheat, because I'm writing this blog on Sunday afternoon before going to the party - then posting the entry to go live for Monday morning, December 21.
And I've just taken the photograph above - the rays of the late afternoon sun melting the snow that has fallen over my garden and making the ice and droplets of water glisten and sparkle. So, it isn't really a picture of a sunset, or a sunrise - just a pretty winter's day.
Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful Midwinter Solstice, whatever you are doing.
Sunrise today in London is at 8.03am. Sunset is at 3.52pm - I might be up in time to see that :)