Silvesterklausen, Switzerland (photo credit Ruth Bernegger, via fotocommunity.de)Perchta or Berchta (English: Bertha), known as a goddess in Alpine paganism in the Upper German regions of the Alps. may mean "the bright one" related to the name Berchtentag, meaning the feast of the Epiphany.
The fire place in this room is not working, but that does not mean a rusty greenhouse heater (another bargain at £ 8 at one of my local bargain hangouts in Bath...) filled with fairy lights can't have a go at offering a warm ambiance, does it...?
From Advanced Style... "But I'm an old Lady" is a response I hear all the time, when I approach people and ask if I can take their photo. I always reassure them that they look wonderful and are exactly what I'm looking for. It saddens me to think that these gorgeous, vital, & creative women are made to feel less important & less beautiful as they age. This woman started by questioning why I would want to photograph her. After I was finished she thanked me with a big smile on her face...."
“Why, oh why must one grow up, why must one inherit this heavy, numbing responsibility of living an undiscovered life? Out of the nothingness and the undifferentiated mass, to make something of herself! But what? In the obscurity and pathlessness to take a direction! But whither? How take even one step? And yet, how stand still? This was torment indeed, to inherit the responsibility of one’s own life.” ― D.H. Lawrence, The Rainbow, 1915