The rainbow felt like a blessing for the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Sharp squalls of rain followed each other across the Garden, but in one break the sun came out just long enough to create the rainbow.
As soon as I had taken the photograph I ran down to the sundial and was rewarded by a clear view of the longest shadow of the year cast by the low, low sun.
For two more days the sun will appear to travel the same path across the sky, and then the resurrection miracle will begin - day by day, inch by inch, the sun will start to climb back towards its summer height and the shadow on the sundial will gradually get shorter again.
I wish you all peace and joy at this solstice and Christmas time, beautifully expressed in this old Celtic blessing:
May the deep peace of the quiet earth
Be with you now and stay with you;
May it fill your life and all you do,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.