A new season
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell
This week is the start of winter. However I think winter has been with us for a few weeks now with our frosty mornings and very cold nights. I don't mind winter, I quite like snuggling under the soft blanket in the evening with my mug of hot chocolate and a good book/film. I quite like the hot soups and crusty bread that one tends to have on a very chilly night or rugging up to go for a walk. Winter is often seen as the least favourable season, but each season has its beauty and winter is just as good as any other season but for different reasons.
Winter tends to make you feel alive, invigorated when that chill hits your face . . . even though the garden can look a little sad, you know that the bulbs will burst into sunshine shortly . . . the sun often shines on a winters afternoon and it so nice to catch its rays.
We lived in the tropics for 14 years and the one thing I missed the most was the traditional four seasons. I can remember when we moved south in June of 2000 and my sons saw winter for the first time in their lives. My eldest just loved to look at the frost that turned the garden white and the magical crystals that would formed. My youngest stood in front of an open fire in amazement as he had never seen a fireplace.
I am looking forward to this winter . . . my jumpers are ready, my tights are all bought, my winter shoes have taken the place of the summer shoes, my winter skirts have all been checked and only yesterday we put the flannel sheets on the bed. I'm ready for winter.
However for all those on the other side of the world, you are about to enter summer . . . enjoy:)
Best of winter
Best of winter
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