In the bleak midwinter

Winter 1

 “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
Anne Bradstreet

Winter 2“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.”
– Ruth Stout

 “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
Yoko Ono
Winter4“You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it.”
Denzel Washington
“From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”

  ~Edvard Munch


“Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.”

~Terri Guillemets


“Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.”
~Charles G. Stater


“When the bold branches Bid farewell to rainbow leaves – Welcome wool sweaters.”
– B. Cybrill

Winter 9

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. “

~Edith Sitwell


“One kind word can warm three winter months. “

~Japanese Proverb

“Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus: one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him.”
 Friedrich Nietzsche

Winter12“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”

~William Blake


6 thoughts on “In the bleak midwinter

    • Yes, although down here I count summer on the fingers of one hand…. ! Compared to the north that is. But this winter I’ve enjoyed a bit of hibernation, such a relief after spending most of last winter out in the thick of it. And I’m enjoying a lovely wood fire – as are the cats!

  1. Enivea, This is a beautiful photo essay on winter. The thing I like about winter is the early flowers which brighten the grey such as the jonquils which are blooming here in the front garden.

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