CHAOS AND SHIMMERING BEAUTY

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What is it about snow? Just as it has the power to cause chaos, this quality brings along unexpected peace and harmony. Waking to the promised sub-zero temperatures, the snow view from the bedroom window was stunning.

Heavy clouds shimmered in their purple hues, ladened with more snow. Through them pierced the morning sun, a thin spotlight of warmth, a glimmering sign of a new day. Ethereal colours danced all around.

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Outside the birds flocked thankfully to the full feeder, and with quiet gratitude I watched their morning repast whilst contentedly eating my own. A breakfast usually rushed for work and school took on a life of its own and was one that just did not want to end. Ninety minutes later my soul was satiated from the busy flutterings, my stomach was full with berries, yogurt, granola. The outside beckoned!

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With perfect timing the sun appeared as I strode around the nature reserve. Total and absolute silence, apart from the satisfying crunch of snow with every step. The crushed implosion seeming to reverberate across the landscape. Otherwise not a sound. No birdsong. No a single car engine noise. Just a few solitary walkers, some children on their sledges and snow scooters.

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Gently winding its way round the wood, I follow the path from memory, gazing across to the small lakes. Their frozen surface is not one Iโ€™d trust to walk out on, however tempting!

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Ahead, a welcoming bench is covered in white and the usual seat for contemplation is reluctantly passed by … until another warmer day!

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The church stands out gloriously in its winter setting, a perfect Dickensian feel and itโ€™s timeless nature makes me stop in awe. A church on this site since Norman times, the additions are clearly visible. Recalling the stained glass windows from Ely Iโ€™ve always wondered what happened to the ones here. Later I learn they broke and were never replaced with such wonders, alas!

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As I turned to home, the walk suddenly became a trek across the arctic tundra, a howling bitter wind fought a battle across the landscape. With my head bowed and fingers riddled with frost bite (or so I imagine) I slip-slide my way through the soft depths of snow, gazing at the ripples of white powder, perfect peaks across the fields. I trudge on wearily, relentlessly, the thought of a welcoming hot chocolate whinching me home.

147 thoughts on “CHAOS AND SHIMMERING BEAUTY

  1. maryannniemczura says:

    Ah, the beauty of snow. I loved the imagery of walking across the tundra with those cold winds whipping. Just a beautiful post and photos of your area. We brace ourselves for more snow here as well. Were the schools closed because of it? In Scandinavia the students simply ski to school. Not here however. Enjoy some hot chocolate with marshmallows.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mary Ann, unfortunately we didn’t have any marshmallows at home! ๐Ÿ˜€ They are delicious though, slowly melting into the hot drink. I’m so happy you liked the post and the photos – it was an amazing day for us and I just had to head out and explore…it was the best air we’ve had all winter! Oh no, Sweden and no doubt a lot of northern Europe would be bemused how much chaos results from a few centimetres of snow. There again all vehicles have snow-tyres, roads are ploughed etc. I love the idea of skiing to school and there were some who resorted to that in the cities to get to work! A most unusual sight! With three days of school closures, even the children were getting fed up at home!

      Wow! More snow … has this been non -stop this winter for you? Are you able to get out and about? Does everything close? Or are the communities and infrastructures well-prepared? Enjoy the magic of the winter wonderland if you can…hopefully Spring soon!๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒป

      • maryannniemczura says:

        Our city and most of Upstate New York is adequately prepared for winter. We use salt on the roads. In Germany it was sand only and on major roads only. Most schools build in “snow days” to the school calendars so it works out well. We make no big deal of snow. It is a given. It is the occasional blizzard or Nor’Easter such as the one last week which causes closures. We laugh when others make a big deal of a few inches but, then again, the Southern states do not have snowplows like we do. I love the cold weather on my skin when I go outdoors. Spring (all one day of it) will probably occur in June here. Hahaha.

  2. Tiny says:

    I truly enjoyed your peaceful hike across the beautiful snow covered landscape, Annika! I am not spoiled with ‘winter wonderlands’ here in Florida, and this white stuff has eluded me this winter every time I have traveled north, whether to Sweden or up on the east coast here. Loved all of it!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Tiny, snow and these plunging temperatures tend to happen later in the winter in Europe – Sweden has had a lot of snow now and minus twenty centigrade pretty far south! It’s a pity you missed out on the wonder of the snow but so glad you liked my share of it here! ๐Ÿ˜€ Since my visit to Florida last year I keep track of your weather too and saw you had some very cold days and nights – that must be unusual for you?

  3. RobbyeFaye says:

    WOW! What beautiful pictures.
    I love the pureness freshly fallen snow seems to give everything. I also enjoy that first breath taken when you walk out the door, crisp, chilly and invigorating! (Then, I’m usually ready to go back inside and get warm!!)
    Thanks for the post!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Robbye, Invigorating is the word!! ๐Ÿ˜€ The snap of the crisp cold was heavenly after months of damp wet air and not too cold away from the biting wind! The first day of the snow it was pristine and heavenly to be out walking – so quiet it felt unreal. So happy you enjoyed the post and its photos! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • RobbyeFaye says:

        I can imagine the walk on that first day!
        It was a great post, evoked many memories. Snow for us is so limited-we just don’t get it much in the South-so each one has great memories.
        Blessings~

  4. Sue Dreamwalker says:

    Snow and ice always bring their own beauty and your words here along with the photos Annika have enriched those photos.. Indeed we did have bitter biting winds that cut through you.
    I hope the snow is now melting where you are.
    Here apart from the snow drifts its more or less gone due to the heavy rain we had..
    Thank you for showing us the birds in your garden and taking us along that enchanting walk with you Annika.. Take care my friend.

    Oh and just want to say I read Laurens book review and how wonderful it was..
    Sending LOVE .. Sue

    • Annika Perry says:

      Sue, the wonder of snow days never last long here and it’s a matter of treasuring the fleeting moments! ๐Ÿ˜€ Luckily the winds were not biting in the shelter of the trees – if I’d started the opposite direction I would have been home in a flash! Thank you so much for reading and for joining along on this little snow adventure. Also, thank you for your comment about Lauren’s review – as you can imagine I’m on cloud nine!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Wishing you a positive and creative week, my friend. Hugs & love xxxx

  5. Miss Gentileschi says:

    Oh, yes! Hot chocolate – or grog ๐Ÿ˜‰ – after such a walk in winter wonderland is exactly the right thing! And something lovely to eat like a stew to thaw the bones. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your lovely walk through this peaceful setting, the pictures are marvelous and I especially enjoyed reading about how you made the birds happy with full feeders. ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a wonderful and creative week! Hugs! xxxx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Sarah, I like the sound of grog!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Not something we usually have but I could easily be convinced! I’ve had lots of warming soups this winter and they are perfect for the season. The birds are a form of our pets and it’s a joy to sit and watch their busyness as they eat away. This morning a blackbird flew straight into the window … I jumped in shock and then the poor mite lay for ages on the ground … before slowly standing up, hopping cautiously around and then flying away. Yippee! Wishing you a wonderful week too … may creative moments flourish! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Miss Gentileschi says:

        I also love watching and feeding my little songbirds. ๐Ÿ˜Š So glad your blackbird got up again! Poor thing! Wonder what he/she’s going to tell the others where he got the black eye from. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚
        Last spring a baby blue titmouse landed through an open window in my kitchen and it took quite some time to gently catch it and set out again. It was immediately checked by its mum who then came to the window and trilled a little thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š
        Have an awesome week and good luck with the talk!! xxxxx

  6. jjspina says:

    Lovely post, Annika! I love snow when I have nowhere to go. it covers the ground and accentuates every sound. It is as if your part of the world has stopped and gone to sleep.

    We stepped out yesterday but came right back in. The air was damp and cold and seeped right into our old bones. I dislike the cold more as I get older. Sigh! We didnโ€™t have any snow though. We recently got rain. Our temps have been going up and down like a seesaw lately.

    Stay warm and dry. Hot chocolate sounds good! Loved your photos. They made me feel as if I was walking along with you. Hugs xx ๐Ÿ’•

    • Annika Perry says:

      Janice, lovely to have you along on the walk! ๐Ÿ˜€ Once wrapped up it wasn’t too warm in the woods … only across the open tundra of the field where the wind blew relentlessly. Rain and damp seem so much colder and we’ve had mostly that all winter. I love your description of the world going to sleep from the snow – it was just so!! Hardly anyone going out to work, no schools … so quiet and peaceful! Keep snug and warm – hot chocolate is a necessity! โ˜•๏ธ

  7. Norma says:

    Snow has a magical charm that the sun misses it by rays. Lovely photos and words. You are a word charmer. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hot chocolate and a cold weather… too good. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Annika Perry says:

      Norma, I can’t stop smiling at your lovely phrase of ‘word charmer’! Bless you and thank you so much!!๐Ÿ˜ƒ I’m so glad you liked the description and photos – as usual I had SO many to choose from and enjoyed reliving the walk…with another hot chocolate by my side! I’ve become addicted to the drink this winter. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    This is a lovely photo essay about snow and the pristine magic of a village covered in it. You reminded me of the first snowfall when I lived in Trenton, New Jersey, here in the U.S. To stare out my window and see everything covered in that layer of white, to tramp the first footsteps into the snowbanks, to see the crystalline icicles hanging from the roof, and to carve angels in the mounds of snow outside our school. It was a wonderful experience, one I’d nearly forgotten till you took me on the trek with you. Hope you’ve warmed up since, Annika, because I also remember how freezing cold it is to walk outside in the snow.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Shari, thank you so much for sharing your experience of snowfall in New Jersey – I can sense your awe and joy still…it is magical and so special to be the one to make the first impressions on the perfect snow! Haha…oh yes, it was chilly to start with but bitterly freezing on the last part of the walk across the tundra field – it seemed to go on forever!! I’m so happy you enjoyed this photo essay and that it brought back such lovely memories. xxxx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Those poor birds need a lot of feeding during such weather I always feel!! Bundled up is definitely the word to describe me as I head out in winter…I do NOT like getting cold and always have lots of layers on. Now that the pristine serene snow has gone and replaced with dreary rain, I can’t wait for Spring! The poor daffodils are trying to make a stand and flower!

  9. the incurable dreamer says:

    It looks like a Thomas Kinkade painting – so magical!! Your photos are fantastic; especially the one with you in that fabulous red hat! There is a stillness the snow offers, that is so unique, so I always try to savour it when I have the luxury of experiencing a snowfall. I live on the west coast, so they are rare. Hope you have a lovely weekend, Annika!! Big hug! xoโ€‹

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Tanya – that is an honour indeed as I’ve just read up about Thomas Kinkade and looked at some of his art! (I always enjoy learning here on WP.) Wonderful magical and idyllic work. Sadly the pristine snow has all melted (it is always fleeting here in the UK) and been replaced by usual rain and grey (grrr….) It was heavenly whilst it lasted. I’ve had a lovely weekend and today been at a talk by an author, her agent and Granta publisher – absolutely fascinating and inspiring. Hope you’ve had a good weekend. xxxxxx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you, Jo…it was a magical day to conjure up! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Oh, it’s back to rain and grey now and most of the beautiful white snow has disappeared – as always it’s so fleeting in the UK! A matter of making it bright and cosy inside! Have a safe flight back. xxx

  10. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Beautiful imagery, and neighbourhood too. It’s a blessing to have mornings like these. Enjoy, Annika! โค

    • Annika Perry says:

      Khaya, it is a lovely pretty village and neighbourhood… new houses as well as some very old ones, a big park, woodland with lakes! It looks especially beautiful covered in snow! Oh yes, mornings like this one are blessed indeed and ones to savour! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

    • Annika Perry says:

      Janice, you write so poetically of this contrasting nature of snow and adore your phrase of ‘wild creator of havoc’! It sums up the power of the storm in some parts of the UK, luckily here it was much more benign and beautiful.๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Ally Bean says:

    I adore the stillness of a walk through snow. Even the light crunch of my footsteps sounds muffled– and doesn’t distract from the experience. Your photos are wonderful. As are your musings.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Many thanks for your great comment, Ally! I’m so happy you enjoyed my musings and photos – it was a magical day and one I was keen to share here! Oh, the crunch is definitely muffled – underneath my hat and hood!!๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Yeah, Another Blogger says:

    Hi Annika.
    We haven’t had too much snow in my region (southeastern Pennsylvania) this winter.
    But today we’re bracing for very high winds. The forecasters say that the winds will start in a few hours, and are expected to be 50 miles per hour or more for a period of 12 hours.

    Not good!

    See you —

    Neil S.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Neil, not good at all!! A time to keep indoors if at all possible! Luckily it hasnโ€™t been too windy with the snow as the snow drifts quickly make roads impassable. Now itโ€™s slowly starting to melt which leads to floods alas in some areas. It was magical to enjoy this perfect snow and sunny day! Warmest wishes to you ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  13. roughwighting says:

    There is NOTHING like the silence of snow. I thoroughly enjoyed our cold snow-walk together, possible because of your evocative photos. โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™

    • Annika Perry says:

      Pam, just wonderful to have you along for the walk!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I reckon we would break the silence with our continual chatter though! These are magical precious days to wrap up and treasure in one’s heart. hugs xxxx

  14. Behind the Story says:

    Beautiful pictures from the nature reserve. And the birds are so sweet. Is this an unusual amount of snow for you?

    • Annika Perry says:

      Nicki, this is definitely very unusual for us. I think the last snow was four years ago but it wasn’t this cold for so long. The nature reserve is a beautiful place for walks and picnics but a snowy sunny day in winter has to be one of my favourite times to visit. Ahh…I do love the birds in the garden – a robin is a regular and it knows no fear, even when out gardening or sawing!

  15. dgkaye says:

    Unbelievable amount of snow! The photos are gorgeous, but the weather . . . oh my! I’ve been hearing all about ‘The Beast from the East’. Stay warm! โค

    • Annika Perry says:

      Debby, I wondered if news of ‘The Beast from the East’ had made it across the Atlantic! The weather is incredibly rare and severe these last few days … I just love the snow, beauty, transformed landscape and the brilliant light! Luckily we haven’t had the worst of it, though the schools have been closed three days. What’s it like for you at the moment? Any signs of Spring? xxx

      • dgkaye says:

        Funny you should ask. I think our winter got re-routed to you guys, lol. February is usually the worst of winter here and has been relatively tame. In fact, it should be around zero temps and this past week felt like spring – 54 degrees for a few days and no snow or rain in sight! Now I think this is an unusual blip. I find it hard to believe spring is coming so early. I think old man winter will plant at least one more wallop here. But then who knows, the weather has turned so backwards for many places this year. All I know it’s 85 degrees in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in 2 days that’s all I’ll be feeling, lol. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

    • Annika Perry says:

      I love that unspoilt look – and then being the first to step on the snow! I was tempted to crash down and make a snow angel but thought it might be a bit too cold! The path round was magical although a bit scary in places as I couldn’t see the branches, small holes etc … Yep, keeping lovely and warm with the heating going non-stop. Luckily the UK has just announced that it is now not going to run out of gas!!

  16. Baydreamer says:

    Oh, these are stunning photos, Annika. I’ve never lived in this amount of snow before, so I can only imagine the chaos it creates. What I focus on instead is its pure and stunning beauty. I’ve lived where it snowed on occasion, so we had some similar views out our windows. But then it melted just as fast as it came. Anyway, hope you enjoyed that hot chocolate, and thanks for taking us on your beautiful walk.
    By the way, I just posted my review on Amazon, and I hope it’s okay. I actually can’t wait to read your book again. Sometimes a second reading or viewing (movie) can bring forth things that were missed the first time. Congrats again; it was wonderful, and I wish you much success. โค

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lauren,what a wonderful start to my day!! โค๏ธ A heartfelt thank you for your amazing review … Iโ€™m tear-eyed reading it and appreciate it more than you can imagine. Wow! You write about so many aspects of the stories, mentioning a few (some my favourites too!!), describing the About the Stories as well as your overall thoughts and emotions on reading the book. Iโ€™m stunned and SO happy. This is just brilliant! ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒป

      Oh the hot chocolate was one of my best in ages and very welcome. I too love the beauty and serenity the snow brings and it was possible to enjoy that on this walk. The quiet hush was serene and lulled me into a false sense of security I realised later walking across the field! It is unusual for so much snow, so late in the season down this part of the UK…hence the chaos!

  17. Lori says:

    What a pretty view you have out your window, snow or no snow. I was just talking with another blogger about how snow, no matter how much more difficult it makes life, somehow its magic still captures me. Thank you for sharing these pristine photos. Now, I think I’ll have a hot chocolate, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lori, I hope you had a lovely hot chocolate break … a necessity these winter months, I feel! ๐Ÿ˜€ I will always love the beauty and serenity that snow brings but feel for those troubled by it! Pristine is the word for how the landscape looked that day … all renewed and fresh. Ahh…so glad you liked the view from the window. In the summer, it looks lovely with all the trees in leaf and lots of birds.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Carol, I can’t wait for Spring either … this winter has been so grey, damp and lots of rain. The snow brightened up the landscape tremendously and seemed to cheer everyone up! It was breathtakingly beautiful and a bliss to be out! Fingers crossed for Spring warmth and flowers soon. hugs xxx

  18. Curt Mekemson says:

    As it should be, Annika, a walk in the snow. Quiet beauty, and then the blizzard. Our storms have been much more peaceful, although the high passes are getting hit hard today. Interstate 80 connecting Sacramento and Reno, which we plan to drive in a few days, was closed today because of a complete blizzard/white out. Glad I not up there now! We put our trip off to Sacramento for another day or two. Great being retired! ๐Ÿ™‚ Fun photos. And our cold birds say hi to your cold birds. โ€“Curt

    • Annika Perry says:

      Ahh…Curt, I love the idea of the birds chatting away across the miles. I became quite besotted with their feverish activity that morning and I spent ages trying to take videos. They are obviously video-shy and psychic as every time I tried to film them they all disappeared!! ๐Ÿ˜€ youโ€™ve summed up this winter weather perfectly as after this quiet beauty itโ€™s been pretty grim out there! Not quite blizzards for us but biting ice-cold howling wind and greyness. Still, I love looking at the snow. Sounds like you made a good decision to stay back a day. Oh, retirement sounds great although everyone I talk to say theyโ€™ve never been so busy since retiring!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Curt Mekemson says:

        Blue skies this morning, Annika, so we are heading out. Hopefully, it won’t be snowing as we drive over the Siskiyou Pass out of Oregon today.
        I put up a new bird feeder, yesterday, more squirrel proof. The birds are still figuring it out. The little guys, the chickadees and nuthatches really love it, however, without having to compete with their bigger cousins and the squirrels.
        Writing seems to dominate my retirement. Sometimes, too much so, given all of the other things I like to do. I’m certainly not bored. ๐Ÿ™‚ On the other hand, the last time I remember being bored was in 1970. (grin) โ€“Curt

        • Annika Perry says:

          ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Boredom?! Yep, a distant memory for me too … although I recall the wonderful languid feeling of having a whole day with nothing to do! I hope youโ€™re having a great trip away and that the birds figure out the new bird feeder.๐Ÿ˜€

          • Curt Mekemson says:

            Noticed just before we left, that the Oregon Juncos had finally figured it out, although it slows their flock attack down. Good. Maybe the seeds will last longer. They are greedy little fellows. ๐Ÿ™‚
            A languid day with nothing to do is definitely not boredom! โ€“Curt

    • Annika Perry says:

      Bette, exactly!! ๐Ÿ˜€ My soul felt like it had gone through a wash … wonderfully refreshed and alive and luckily the sensation is still with me. Itโ€™s been a long damp wet soggy winter so it was pure joy to revel in sunlight and such crisp dry air! A blessing. Hugs xxxx

  19. D. Wallace Peach says:

    The walk looks and sounds wonderful, Annika, until that last photo where you look sooo COLD! I love winter for its pristine beauty, warm fires and hot cocoa, and the time of quiet promising renewal. I’m so glad that you take the time to listen, see, and feel it. โค

    • Annika Perry says:

      Diana, by the time of the photo with me I as getting cold…ten minutes later trudging across the frozen โ€˜tundraโ€™ I was freezing! I didnโ€™t know my face could get that cold and I wondered what frostbite really looked like! Thank goodness for warm cosy house and hot chocolate! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think you must have snow for a large part of winter? It refreshes the world somehow and makes us aware of different elements of our surroundings. Fascinating. Happy Weekend! โค๏ธ

      • D. Wallace Peach says:

        You did look so cold! The fingers, toes, and nose are more susceptible to frostbite than the cheeks. Be careful out there in the tundra. ๐Ÿ˜€ I grew up in snow country where a couple feet was normal. Where I live now we get rain. Maybe an inch of snow, now an then, but it melts in a day. I miss winter!

        • Annika Perry says:

          Oh, the rain is a real downer and that’s all we seem to have had for the last few months – hence my sense of joy at the snow and sun! Hope you get a chance to see some real snow during the winters.

  20. Clare Pooley says:

    How wonderful to have a nature reserve close by your home! Your descriptions of a snowy day are perfect and your photographs are really lovely. Nice photo of you in your snug coat! โค

    • Annika Perry says:

      Clare, the nature reserve was one of the reasons we bought this house when my son was still a baby. Itโ€™s so peaceful and weโ€™ve go there often although Iโ€™m surprised by how many donโ€™t visit there! Oh yes, the coat is from Sweden and so far never been beaten by the weather! Just my legs were freezing cold and wet! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

    • Annika Perry says:

      Yep, me too!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Itโ€™s as if the world stopped for a while and actually felt what it is to live … and of course the hot chocolate is just heavenly after the cold! Many thanks for your lovely comment, Ali!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Carrie, weโ€™ve had such a damp rainy winter this sunny white and dry weather was a real Wonder! It cheered so many up, albeit causing a lot of trouble too. It was a beautiful and memorable snow walk and my spirit soaked up the joy of being out in the winter wonderland!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Robbie, it is amazing and I canโ€™t get over how the landscape is transformed! Also everyone seems so calm and itโ€™s as if you can feel time! Itโ€™s definitely causing a lot of problems in some parts of the UK, but luckily we are not to badly off though all the schools are closed s the buses canโ€™t drive on the small roads.

  21. Davy D says:

    Lovely post and pictures Annika, loved the one of the birds on the feeder. There is something about snow that slows everything down and gives us a chance to stop and breathe. Walking in snow brings a great feeling of peace and serenity.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Davy, I went a bit exuberant whilst photographing the birds and took lots of pictures – most of the time the birds were not at all obliging! Luckily got a couple of good snaps! You are so right in noting how time seemed to slow right down on this snow day … it was as if I could feel the time passing, feel the day, instead of it disappearing in a flash! Bliss.

  22. Mae Clair says:

    Thank you for the beautiful trek through the snow. I’m torn on winter—I really don’t like the cold or the clean-up that comes with snowfall, but I do love when the snow is fresh and shimmering. The hush in the air is amazing, especially at night. The stars are extra crisp in a winter sky and the white of snow against the dark of night is something that never fails to captivate me.

    All of that said–I can’t wait until spring, LOL!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mae, your dichotomy of emotions seem to match my own!! The shimmering beauty is breathtaking and this is what struck me on this first day of snow. Oh, I love how you write about the captivating night scene of a winter sky; the silence is overwhelming but wonderfully so! However, the chaos in some parts of the UK is extreme – more a matter of just not being prepared for this rare weather conditions! I’m all with you and can’t for Spring now!! Some colour and warmth won’t come amiss! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

  23. watchingthedaisies says:

    Such a beautiful series of photographs and a lovely description of this winter wonderland. You look well wrapped up for it. Thankfully, snow is minimal here but other areas are not so lucky with roads blocked and hospital appointments cancelled. ๐ŸŒผ

    • Annika Perry says:

      Brigid, I think youโ€™re getting a lot of snow tonight and I hope you are able to keep warm and safe! I was very snug in my outdoor gear … the coat and hat are from Sweden! Unfortunately all the layers are not the most flattering! ๐Ÿ˜€ Iโ€™m so glad you enjoyed this trip in the winter wonderland … those days are so rare and precious and one to recall on the hottest day of summer! Take care. Xxx โค๏ธ

      • watchingthedaisies says:

        Thank you Annika. Thankfully we still only have less than an inch in our village. Got in my food shop yesterday 6 or so miles south where almost no snow at all. 15 miles north they had heavy snow and shops were shutting early. Thankful to be warm, with plenty of food and good books to read. X

  24. jena c. henry says:

    Happy March! So far this morning, on the first day of a new month that gives us hope for spring, I have read several posts about …snow! From various latitudes! Thank you for the lovely photos- the colors! As you mentioned in a comment, Snow is a good example of persistence. Also demonstrates to me that God is in charge. Stay warm and safe.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jena, Iโ€™m not surprised there are a lot of snow-related posts … This is exceptional weather for many places in Europe and I know the US has had very cold and snowy for months. The blue purple hues on snowy days is unique and rarely seen, I felt so happy to have witnessed it and captured it on camera. Thank you, yes, Iโ€™m keeping warm, blankets and scarfs even indoors, despite the heating!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Steven, I wouldnโ€™t have imagined there would be any snow in south Virginia… it is magical when itโ€™s arrives and the first day,as Bernadette mentioned, is particularly striking! The outdoors called for me and luckily my camera was fully charged – itโ€™s a really pleasure taking photos on such days … and later sharing here in my blog.

      • Steven Baird says:

        We’ve been known to get several feet here, though that’s rare. I do agree that there’s something special about the first snowfall; particularly so if you have a camera on hand.

  25. Madame Zenista says:

    The pictures takes me to somewhere surreal. Snow makes everything so beautiful- I feel. Rich neighborhoods and poor, barren lands and (once) manicured lawns- they all look the same after snowshowers: they all look beautiful. I think this all inclusive and transforming nature of snow is magical.
    Your beautiful description post is a thing of joy, Annika – and one can read it over and over, like a poem, and enjoy it!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful, thoughtful comment! Wow! Your feelings about snow and its magic transformative powers matches my own … and its this I wanted to portray here. Iโ€™m so happy you enjoyed the description so much …. I donโ€™t want to gush or appear naive but it was a surreal day, wonderfully so full of bliss and joy. The rush of the world disappeared and we were all united under this blanket of snow! ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

    • Annika Perry says:

      Shey, Iโ€™ve been watching the news from Scotland with both awe and worry … the travel chaos seems dreadful but at the same time so beautiful! A blanket of beauty indeed! Yep, the heating is going all day and lots of layers and rugs on whilst working … indoors! Hope youโ€™re snug and warm too and able to get out and about if needed. Hugs xxxx

      • shehannemoore says:

        Ocht aye, whatever happens we are not going to be spending 7 and a half hours trying to get home from Glencoe, shoving cars out of sloping laybys, and the best bit organising digging teams and digging like Trojans to get the traffic flowing down slip roads to the Broxden Roundabout only to find that the whole of central Scotland was at a halt there and the only road open was the one we had just battled along. Aye right. We are not going to crawl at 5 mph from Perth to Newport-On–Tay on pure ice, witnessing scenes that looked like the world had ended. People waiting for buses that would never come, cars jamming the opposite carriageway. an old couple pulling their suitcases along the central reservation. We are not going to be snowed in for weeks with rationing in the local shops, have our roof nearly cave in, have every bowl and basin put you good use and drawl oyut the velux window witha sweeping brush to save it, or nail a bookcase door on a broken window in the middle of a raging blizzard. As all happened in 2010. This isn’t great bad I have seen worse. Our main worry is we are going to a wedding in errol on Sat and it is snowed in. It is a DIY wedding. So everything from the forks to the chairs needs to be shipped in and the happy couple live in Edinburgh…

        • Annika Perry says:

          Shey, I had to stop in the middle of this to wipe my tears … of hysterical laughter. What absolute madness and I’m glad this was a distant memory of 8 years ago! I see you haven’t forgotten a single detail! I’m just picturing that old couple on the central reservation with their suitcase. Best of luck with the wedding on Saturday … it will be tricky to say the least. Need lots of 4x4s and tractors to come to the rescue!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jill, if you give me time, Iโ€™ll rustle up some home-baked scones as well … a treat piping hot from the oven and just perfect for winter days! Today itโ€™s grim out, freezing wind, heavy snow, so bunkering down and working .. expecting a houseful of teenagers later when my son and his friends have woken up and theyโ€™ve wandered over (another day of closed schools!) Wishing you a lovely day … and hope we get a chance some time to share those hot chocolates for real. Xxxx โค๏ธ

  26. Miriam says:

    What a winter wonderland you’ve immersed me in Annika. A beautiful post so rich with visual beauty, your words totally transported me on the first day of Autumn here. Thank you. Sending you warm hugs to warm you up in that cold but beautiful landscape. xo ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Annika Perry says:

      Happy First Day of Autumn, Miriam! ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much for your warm hugs … just what I need as itโ€™s even colder today. It was a magical snowy day and one Iโ€™m so happy to share and glad you were immersed by my words and pictures.

  27. delphini510 says:

    Annika, first of all, thank you for this beautiful treat and walk guided by you and your wonderful pictures.
    The atmosphere you invoke is one of mystery and wonder. Old history and now.
    Absolutely brilliant.
    I love that church and you standing on a seeming frozen tundra. Oh, forgot the bench, I feel a thoughtfully positioned bench with a view is imoportsnt.

    What is it about snow? You ask. Well, I see it as purity, quietness, transformation and beauty.
    All of a sudden this stillness has descended on the land as our machines can’t keep up with its gentle power. Magic.
    Miriam โค๏ธ

    • Annika Perry says:

      Miriam, I love how you point out that the gentle snow, these little flakes, manage to still manโ€™s power and machines … quite an awesome might. It does bring purity to the landscape which seems to seep into our very being. The bench is just overlooking a lake, lovely for a rest in the summer sun, shielded from the heat of the day. Haha…distant memories now! Glad you liked the photo of me on the frozen tundra … once Iโ€™d set off I began to regret my decision and could see why only one lone photographer had traversed it! Hope youโ€™re keeping snug and warm. Xxxx ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

      • Mike says:

        Snow can be a double edged word. A nightmare (at least in this country) if you have to travel, but a delight if you are able to stay at home. I still feel the childhood fascination of opening the curtains to be greeted by a thick (or what passes for thick in these parts) layer of pristine snow as far as the eye can see. (although that’s not too far these days). The urge to run outside and be the first to put my imprint in the snow covered lawn still remains (but I have to put a few extra layers on these days, and I draw the line at doing flying angels.)

        Your post brought back some great memories Annika and it was a pleasure sharing your snow walk (although you did look rather cold in one photo despite being well dressed in appropriate clothing), and I heartily agree that the reward of a hot chocolate is a must!

        Love the photos too.

        Mike

        • Annika Perry says:

          Mike, your message seems to have ended up here but nevermind.

          It’s lovely to learn about your childhood memories evoked by this post and I had to smile at your delight of opening the curtains in the morning to see the pristine snow. I still have that urge to run out and make the first tracks in the snow and even try the odd snow angel (I like your name for it of flying angels!) Oh yes, extra layers is always a good idea and I wasn’t too cold on this walk, until approaching the tundra of a field where the whipped across it like being cut by icicles! I wondered if I would experience frostbite on my fingers and cheeks! The hot chocolate tasted delicious and of course, there was the obligatory biscuit(s) on the side! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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