I spend much of my days researching into and writing about Winter. I’ll be writing about Winter as the seasons shift, and the days become longer and warmer, and then, as we move into the colder months again. I’m already anticipating the diary I’ll keep from November, by which time I’ll hopefully be in Norway. I need our cold season with me always, in some way or another, if I’m to feel happy. That’s just the way it is, and the way it’s been for a long time. Though if you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know that well enough already.
People in my household are counting down the hours to Spring. They’re fed up of the wet and gloom. Winter hasn’t show up properly as yet. Mar the few frosty-ish days we’ve had, it’s been raining pretty much constantly since October. I’m clinging to the hope we’ll get at least a half decent covering of snow before February is over.
Today I’d love to share some Winter art – some pieces here are favourites, of which I have in postcard format on my wall – and some are pieces I’ve seen for the first time this Winter. I hope that wherever you are, they make you feel suitably chilled. I hope you enjoy the words too, Sylvia’s Plath’s words on how much a snowfall can mean to a person really resonated with me.
Winter Art & Words
“Is it snowing where you are? All the world that I see from my tower is draped in white and the flakes are coming down as big as pop-corns. It’s late afternoon – the sun is just setting (a cold yellow colour) behind some colder violet hills, and I am up in my window seat using the last light to write to you.”Jean Webster
“Winter is haunting, but it’s also healing.”Adam Gopnik
“’Come in.’ Two short words, heavy with meaning. Step out of the big, bad, wet world and into my home. You’ll be safe here, toasty and well fed. ‘Come in.’ They are two of the loveliest words to sat and hear.”Nigel Slater
“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”Aristotle
“There is a brooding stillness in the air before a heavy snowfall begins.”Nancy Campbell
“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special.”Carol Rifka Bunt
Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night.Virginia Woolf
“Well, I know now. I know a little more how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person.”Sylvia Plath