Wintry Reflections

Wintry Reflections

“Winter” in Hawai’i is, well, “Winter.”  We are currently in the midst of a pleasantly cool & rainy streak but in, no doubt, a few blinks of time, the typical warm weather will return…leaving only the very early morning hours for a winter familiar act such as pulling on a sweater.

Winter is not my favorite season- that would be Autumn.  But I do have a penchant for a good set of hearty, wintry days.  The days when the brisk, cold air is awakening & invigorating, when the cozy layers are a cocoon & a sort of ritual to put on & remove. When evening meals over candlelight might linger just a bit longer & when that morning coffee’s kick is especially exciting when contrasted against the first shivers of the day.

Ice skating, hot cocoa …or a hot toddy!….cozying up to a film while seeing the snow flurries go by outside, the rush of preparing to head out into a good wintry Saturday & the exhilirated sense of energy built after giving your all to a good snow shoveling.  And did I mention fashion?  There is something so incredibly adorable to me about scarves & gloves, handwarmers & boots, legwarmers & thick sweaters.  I might favor, above all, the bustling beauty of Autumn…. but give me a good hearty Winter’s day & I will definitely do my best with it!

Because we really just don’t get Winter here in Honolulu, I have given a few moments this past week to reflecting on moments of Winters past.  I did not really experience Winter until my early 20′s & between now & then, many of the cities I inhabited definitely had all the charms (and often difficulties too!) of Winter. Ithaca, Stockholm, Berlin, Tromsø, Philadelphia, Anchorage, Fairbanks. I even experienced a series of impressive winter days in Portland (OR) during my time living there.

And of course in more recent years, our time in Europe was full of opportunities to experience Winter in her full chilly grace & navigate the obstacles of winter living as well (Autobahn in a snowstorm? Not again please!).  The following is a little series of photo memories (instagrammed) from the Winters of the last couple of years…..

For the love of great children’s books & for the love of great children’s books about weather!!!

Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day is probably one of the first children’s books I bought (pre pregnancy!)  & it was definitely the first book about snow in my son’s little but growing library. I have added three more snow books to his library this week but will blog on that another day….

 I love children’s books. The magic of them, the stories, the illustrations.  I have, in fact, a Pinterest board dedicated to Children’s book illustrations & am having so much fun learning of children’s books in different countries along with the writers & illustrators.  Take a look here.

I have had Kathy Stnson’s Le Rouge C’est Bien Mieux (Red is the Best / Original in English) for years now.  It is technically not a weather book but the boots, scarf & hat remain a feature for the character on many pages. Clearly it is blustery outside!!

 

Ice skating at a great city rink in Vienna

February 2012

Enjoying the city fabric on a crisp & chilly Winter’s day in Salzburg

February 2013

A cozy moment in a traditional coffee house in Salzburg

February 2013

Hohenshwangau has an especially rich & dramatic atmosphere on a snow filled day

February 2011

On the grounds of Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau

February 2011

At home in the snow in Seubersdorf

January 2011

On the grounds of Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau

PFebruary 2011  

Photographing city fabric in Berlin on a frigid day

December 2012

 Out of the cold for a cool bar moment in Tromsø

December 2012

That wintry blue light

In the studio of Mara (of Mara & the Inner Strangeness) in Tromsø

 December 2012

Tromsø

 December 2012

Heading into the day

Berlin, March 2013

Berlin, March 2013

Annnd…

Above, my son in a cozy jumper on a “chilly ” Honolulu day last week!

January 2014

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My next post I will be diving into my love of children’s books & visually celebrating the ones we have now added to our library