Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Winter arrives at last!

I'm linking with Friday's Hunt for the first time hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills, home of the cutest goats ever.
B is for books...
A couple of shelves from the two bookcases in my office. They were crammed full until recently when I purged quite a few gardening books to donate to our library or for draws at the garden club meetings I attend. The King Tut bookends were a gift from when the display was at the Royal Ontario Museum years ago.

Snowflakes
Snowflakes spill from heaven’s hand 
Lovely and chaste like smooth white sand. 
A veil of wonder laced in light
Falling gently on a winters night.
Graceful beauty raining down 
Giving magic to the lifeless ground.
Each snowflake like a falling star 
Smiling beauty that’s spun afar. 
Till the earth is dressed in a robe of white
Unspoken poem the hush of night. 
~Linda A. Copp~ 
Outside...after a green Christmas it was exciting to have a snowfall that stayed. Big fluffy flakes accumulated on the ground and trees, and the sound of skidoos whizzing down the street confirmed winter had arrived at last.
I hurried out with my camera to capture some of the beauty, the needles of the blue spruce looking ever so vibrant against the white backdrop.
Snowflakes are magical. They form inside a cloud when droplets of water freeze around tiny particles of dust, salt, bacteria or another substance.  The icy specs bump into other crystals and freeze together eventually making a flake so heavy it floats to the ground.  Snow appears white because visible sunlight is white and snow crystals reflect this light.
(an excerpt from my article in the Christmas edition of on-line Rural Magazine.)
The birdbath piled high, showing the overnight accumulation and dripping icicles forming with a warmer daytime temperature.
This week's favourite... the snowflake fairy finally feels at home.

36 comments:

  1. Wow, that is the bluest-looking blue spruce ever! (And naturally I had to turn sideways so I could read all the titles of your books!)

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    1. Might be just north, Angela - our blue spruces are the same hue of blue as well - very grey/blue, beautiful shade. We have quite a few in the back too.

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  2. No snow in Kentucky yet, but with the high humidity it is bone-chilling cold!

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  3. Should I say congratulations on the arrival of snow? Well, probably since it is moisture bearing. Here we have had the same snow on the ground since before Christmas. Some finally melted a bit today, but it is supposed to go cold again with some snow tomorrow. Yes, it is winter. I should follow in your steps and purge my books, too. I have determined to purge every closet and drawer in this house. I feel a need to declutter. Wonderful winter wonderland photos, Judith.

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  4. Book purging...an ongoing chore around here. Now you have some room for new books! You like snow? I thought that you were a snowbird. I hear that ours is going to be washed away by rain this weekend.

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  5. Snow is magical! Lucky you! Your book The Vintage Teacup Club looks interesting, as do some of the others. Purging is something I'd like to get to - the books tend to pile up out of the bookshelves! Enjoy that white stuff.

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  6. The bird bath looks like a pie plate, looks great, like all your winter photos!
    Best regards

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  7. Till we haven't snow, it seems that Winter hasn't come yet, that's why we, who haven't seen a snowflake yet, feel to be still in Autumn, also for the temperatures quite high for this time of the year.
    Let's hope that Winter hasn't forgot us, for the wellness of the Nature too, trees and all plants need cold, snow and frost to be healthy during the Summer!

    Enjoy your fabulous snow, darling Judith,
    sending sweet hugs
    Dany

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  8. beautiful snow! And I like your snowflake fairy. At least it's cold here. that feels like winter to us.

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  9. My favourite is the birdbath picture. It looks so beautiful. Perfect.

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  10. Wonderful, magical photos!
    Enjoy the beauty around you and the upcoming weekend! xx

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  11. Beautiful snow,Judith. Do you know how I would love to take photos of snow here in my place?
    I have waited for snowy days for 3 years! Your snowflake fairy is pretty.

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  12. I'd like to read some of the books from your shelves, Judith! Your snowy photos are beautiful and so is your darling snow fairy. Enjoy the snow while you can!

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  13. We have cold, but no snow! I hope we get at least one snow fall this winter. I love your bookshelves, we have many. I have a hard time getting rid of books, but I probably should pass some on.

    Deanna

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  14. Beautiful pics, Judith!

    Your little snow angel ornament is lovely, and you have a great selection of books, too - nice weather to sip and read, eh?

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  15. Lovely photos Judith. I'm participating in the Friday Hunt as well. Enjoy the weekend.

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  16. Wonderful photos! Always nice to hunker down with a cuppa tea or two and a good book in the winter . WOW ! you have lots of snow looks pretty ! Still no snow here for us yet we are still green and brown lol ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day and stay cozy !

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  17. Your pictures of the snow are beautiful! Winter has certainly arrived for you! xx

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  18. wonderful pictures!! you have a real eye capturing details. thank you for sharing your amazing work!

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  19. I've been purging too and it always feels so good afterwards. Such a beautiful blanket of white for your garden

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  20. Hi Judith, Your tree is beautiful under snow cover. I enjoyed seeing your book collection too! Have a great week!
    Hugs, Beth

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  21. Pretty pictures! and love that sweet little fairy!

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  22. It's spring like weather down here again :( I like a proper winter and have to admit I'm a bit jealous of your snow! What we got through the holiday has turned hard as ice and a lot has melted away. I liked reading the titles on your bookshelves ... I have the animal tracks of Ontario and Peterson's field guide to wildflowers. You can always tell a little bit about a person by the books on their shelves ;)
    Wendy

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  23. We're enjoying balmy weather down here. Hee! I wouldn't mind if the rest of the winter was like this! Purging is one of my goals for 2016. Doesn't it feel great to get rid of surplus items?

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  24. We have lots of snow too, Judith. Love your little fairy! Purging; that is going to be a big job for me this year. Twenty years worth in this house. I'll have to make sure I fortify myself with lots of tea. Have a lovely weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  25. Thank you so much for joining Friday's Hunt. That is a nice collection of books, and very nice that you donated to the library. Your snow images are wonderful! I especially like the way the birdbath looks. The fairy is adorable!

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  26. Gorgeous snow photos and wonderful poem!
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea

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  27. Love the poem and the snow shots are gorgeous. Have a lovely weekend.

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  28. Hello, pretty wintry images. I like the pine needle shot. Your snowflake fairy is cute! Have a happy weekend!

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  29. Books is a great B word! Very pretty snow photos.

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  30. You have interesting titles on your shelves. How lucky you are to have snow. A snowy garden or landscape is always a bit magical. Helene

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  31. I don't want to discuss how many books I have waiting to be read....
    That first snow is so beautiful, isn't it? It always makes me happy.

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  32. Really beautiful photo's. I love the snow pics!

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  33. I love books! and those bookends are pretty cool! And the ice on the spruce is just cool, I really like evergreens in snow, wish we had a couple, might have to plant a few

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  34. Yours is a sweet post. As I read about how snow forms, I realized I haven't ever known. Never too old to learn. :-)
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  35. Look at all your books! :) I just love to read, and the winter is a great time for it!

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