Monday, January 10, 2011

A fresh start

by June
We never intended to wait ten days deep into the new year to wish you happiness, but here we are at last. Where have we been? Outside the glory of snow.

Yes, it snowed. Finally. Deeply. It was an actual blizzard. The girls tied a rope from the house to our makeshift barn, a trick they learned in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. They didn't need the rope, as we don't live on the Great Plains but are surrounded by a windbreak of beautiful pines and old hardwoods. But it was fun to pretend they might need a rope and lots of pluck to keep their goats and chickens nourished. (Their mama believes they are plucky every morning— to leave warm beds for the morning rounds.)

Snow means sledding on the back hill.

We'll be back here more frequently now that we are in our groove for the new year. We hope to share the best of winter with you—books by the fire and walks in the woods and a good browse through the seed catalogs and kitchen work to warm the house and nourish us too.

New we come!


Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

I absolutely **LOVE** that they tied a rope! Priceless..what a great story for when they are Mamas..
Stay warm..the photos you took look like it was either early morning or close to 4pm?? Beautiful light!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

It looks like the girls were having so much fun in the snow. I think at that age they don't even feel the cold. Happy (belated) New Year!

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Tell the girls when John lived in Iceland when he was little they had a rope tied to each house that a child lived in and the school bus monitor would go grab the rope a bring it back to the bus so the children could get back to their houses! They would also "call" the baseball games when the sun came out, lol. Talk about dark and cold!

Happy New Year to you all!! Cuddle up and keep warm. We have a big storm coming tomorrow night! I can't wait!

Magnolia Handspun said...

The light is amazing...the sunlight and the beautiful blues of the snow.
Looks like your girls had fun!
Happy Healthy New Year to you and your family!

meemsnyc said...

Looks like the girls are having fun with the snow! Happy new year.

Nan said...

What an absolute joy to come by here and have faith restored after reading the most depressing piece in the New Yorker about an American tv show based on a British one that is all about and written by teens. And what dismal, adult-less lives they live. Your girls give me hope.

Conny said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. So glad the girls get outside when they can and weather permits. Looking forward to further posts. It's good to "see" you again. Cheers~

Tom @ Tall Clover Farm said...

I love that your winter photos of snow, convey the warmest of days and times. Happy New Year from one coast to the other.

Lyanda said...

SO lovely! Today I thought of you all as I penned the Pacific Northwest urban version of a snow story (not to stump my blog--but I wanted to share this with you,June!):

Happy new year.

Kris said...

So happy for you that you finally got some decent winter snow for you all to enjoy! I know you've been missing it so much. Have fun - and Happy New Year! :-D

Knittymama said...

I think you can still say Happy New Year all the way through January:-)

What a wonderful sledding hill. My boys would love it!

~lifedramatic~ said...

Spectacular post! The pictures are so precious, and the story! How sweet that they tied that rope! Such great minds, to read it in a book, and translate it into their world! You must be so very proud!


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