Winter is Coming

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This morning when I opened my door, to go out and feed the horses, a beautiful, cold, white world welcomed me. I felt like walking into a fairy tale, a magical world. I love that the first snow can be like this every year!

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Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

– John Ruskin

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One of the things I like the most with snow, is that it makes everything so clean. It looks clean, you can’t see the neighbors garbage etc. (Not that it is a big problem where I live now, but it has been on other places.) The air is so refreshing. The feeling of walking in a winter wonderland is purely vitalizing for the soul. It makes me feel alive. How does it make you feel?

Another thing I really like with snow is how it makes sound so much softer. It sort of takes the edges away. Have you noticed that? Maybe that is one of the things that we can’t touch, that contribute to the magic of a winter landscape? That Christmas card feeling.

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Did you know that The Eskimos have fifty-two names for snow?

A girl I met from Iceland claimed that they have a hundred names for snow.

Here’s a cool article about the 25 different names for snow we Swedes have.

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Maybe snow is more important to a viking like me, growing up with 7 months (at least,) of winter every year? Even if I haven’t gone cross country skiing, back country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, or ice skating since I came to the US, that is what my mind thinks about. Playing with friends, and having fun. Ending the day with hot chocolate, Β in front of a bonfire (or in front of a fire in the fire place,) as the sun is disappearing in the horizon. That is a perfect winter’s day, to me. What is your perfect winter’s day like? Ooohh, I almost forgot, tolting on an Icelandic Horse in deep snow, that’s definitely among my favorite, magical winter things too. Maybe even the most magical.

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?

– J. B. Priestley

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(The snow is gone now, but the good feeling is still here.)

Have you seen the first snow yet? How did it make you feel?

I hope your day is amazing!

/Maria

15 thoughts on “Winter is Coming

  1. Oh, Maria, you make me feel snow smell already, although we are in the end of autumn here yet and did not see this year first snow yet. However, you never know. I live in a country with real winter and snowy season, which usually lasts approximately 3 months, I love it. I was born in winter and I adore snow. I have seen already many first snow, but every time I feel some magic in the air. Maybe words are not enough to describe this special feeling when you fee first snowflakes dancing in the air…it seems for me that some beautiful wonder can happen…I feel so warm inside. I like going out and listening to this special sounds of snow under my feet…and feel a ticking snowflake on my nose…ohh, I am looking forward to all these magical feelings! Thank you for teasing me! You captured magical snow photos!

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    • OOooo yes! I love that! One of my sisters lives next to “Storsjon”, the 5th largest lake in Sweden. I grew up nearby. In the wintertime we love skiing, and ice skating on that lake. They even open up a road for motorized vehicles on the ice, going across the whole lake. It’s so big so it is possible to go skiing in silence were you can’t see any other people.

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  2. Seeing your snow made me smile a bit wistfully. I’m from the land of snow too, and mountains, whereas here in lower Tuscany there is neither, instead after November 1st we get a green sheen on everything that is left outside, from the ocean and humidity. I remember that purifying, fairy-tale effect. Oh well, one can’t have it all. πŸ™‚

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