Friday, January 30, 2015

In winter light





 

It won't look like this again for another year. The low light, the long shadows, the early evenings - all are already changing. I will welcome the new season because there is something to appreciate in every part of the year. But I will miss the darkening afternoons, the sense of drawing-in. I will miss the sun streaming into the south-facing living room windows, making it the warmest room in the house. I will miss hooking away in my big, sun-splashed chair. I will miss cooking dinner with a taper candle on the stove top while my children play and squabble around me. It won't be like this in a few months. They'll be outside and I won't be stirring pots of soup and stew, I'll be grilling on the patio. They'll prefer it. They'll run in and out through the kitchen door, their bikes and scooters and toys scattered over the backyard, their voices carrying across the arroyo. But that's later. For now, I'm savoring slippers and afghans, lamplight by five o'clock and small, restless people who stay right where I am.

37 comments:

  1. The sense of drawing in, how beautifully you evoke it. I will miss it too, I can sense a little lengthening of the days, the sun edging a little higher. In December and January it stretches almost the full length of our living room, it's wonderful. There are many happy adventures to be had before it rolls around again. Wishing you all a lovely weekend Jennifer. CJ xx

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  2. I know how you feel - winter has a mystic feeling about it, and it makes one appreciate "home"... I love winter.
    Nevertheless, right now I slowly start to crave more light. More colour outside (here it gets véry véry grey and dull in january...). And my hibernating period is starting to come to an end :-)...

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  3. Beautiful photos, Jennifer. Our days are noticeably lengthening here too. :o)

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  4. I love the light in Winter, I look out on the trees behind me and see the light sparkle off the leaves. It is different int he Winter. The summer everything is so filled in and the light can't filter to the floor of the woods.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  5. Ah yes.....I too love the warmth of the winter and the light that it creates.....Just a mood that you don't get any other time of the year. Fantastic photos Jennifer.....Just beautiful! Wishing you an extraordinary weekend! Nicole xoxo

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  6. I love winter light! I know I will miss it in another few months. I will also miss the early, dark and cozy evenings as well. Happy weekend to you!

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  7. You are all bonkers. I hate winter, sorry but I do, and can't wait for longer days! Your post is lovely though Jennifer and I do wish that I loved winter too. Maybe next year.
    Jillxo

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  8. I missed your last blog post. Blogger is way-laying your posts to my blog list for a long time and so other new posts pop to the top and finally yours comes up way down my list. I totally relate to the winter light, it comes into our dining room so different than in the other seasons. Enjoy your cozy time. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. It's a good thing to enjoy each season for what it has to offer! I love the picture of the blinds!

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  10. You make winter sound perfectly lovely at your house. I'm also trying to enjoy each season...especially as I grow older. But our days have been nothing but fog and clouds for over two weeks, with only one afternoon that the sun popped out for a couple of hours. I must say, I am looking forward to spring.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. So cozy !! I love winter light too in the house .... Thanks for sharing yours ! HAve a lovely and cozy week end !

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  12. Beautiful light. I know what you mean - I'm looking forward to spring and being able to throw the kids out in the garden, but I like having them so close too. Xx

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  13. Such beautiful photos, that light is spectacular! I adore how the home changes so much through the seasons ..... always something to enjoy and look forward to. It's snowing here today!
    Happy weekend
    love Jooles x x x

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  14. The late afternoons are certainly much lighter than they were. I'm actually quite grateful - E has a piano lesson on a Tuesday evening and driving along dark, country lanes (usually in the rain too!) isn't my idea of fun. Bring on the light! x

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  15. the evenings are lighter here, it's noticeable at half past four I need the lights on, but not at four like a few weeks ago. still plenty of hours of dark and cosy though, it's a good balance I think x

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  16. Our room faces south, and winter when the trees are bare is the only time that the sun truly streams into the house. You have caught the feeling of the winter sunshine so well in these pictures. Thank you.

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  17. Lovely post, every little glimpse of sunshine is appreciated at this time of year!
    V x

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  18. I'm glad you appreciate the winter. It's not a season I relish and as we are having a cold January instead of a hot one, I'm not in a hurry for winter in the summer hemisphere to come around.
    Anne xx

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  19. Lovely post, you've summed it up perfectly! :) xxx

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  20. I know what you mean Jennifer the winter months are a great excuse to stay indoors and get cosy, I won't miss the bitter cold winds though. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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  21. Hello Jennifer,

    You capture the essence of Winter so beautifully here. The sense of hibernation, enjoying the warmth of home and the joy of bright,crisp, sunny days. Yes, we too can empathise with all of this and, like you, have already noticed the tilt of the earth on its axis as days lengthen.

    And, what a glorious feeling of family life you convey here. The appreciation of the everyday, the ordinary, the familiar. It is so comforting and it is good to give thanks.

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  22. Lovely photos. Sounds like you have better summers than us in UK. I love long summer days, but you can't rely on the weather to cook & sit outside in the evenings.

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  23. Just been reading back to catch up. Love the snow pics. We had an inspection at my work last week and it was all a bit crazy here. I feel totally relaxed now! Jo x

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  24. You have a beautiful eye for photos...
    And it is a time of year for extra long & warm cuddles, I love it too.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Tammy x

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  25. You have a beautiful eye for photos...
    And it is a time of year for extra long & warm cuddles, I love it too.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Tammy x

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  26. You have a gift for writing, Jennifer. This was beautiful.

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  27. Beautiful photos and musings...such a gift. Thank you.

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  28. You've captured the light beautifully. I'm noticing the lengthening days now, I'm looking forward to the clocks going forward and the lighter evenings. I'm a summer girl, I can't wait for winter to be over.

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  29. I love this time of year, but then I think I love every season! Enjoyed your photos xx

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  30. You are right about the light slowly changing, so slowly you hardly notice it unless you look ;). I am rather looking forward to the increase in light although it will be a while before we are leaving doors open!

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  31. Here in France we have had the most beautiful winter light this year, mainly in January. You really bring out what is to be appreciated about winter, I season I enjoy too, contrary to many of my friends.

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  32. Here in France we have had the most beautiful winter light this year, mainly in January. You really bring out what is to be appreciated about winter, I season I enjoy too, contrary to many of my friends.

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  33. You are right Jennifer winter does have it's beautiful ness and I really enjoy the cozy days and the fireplace and winter light sure makes it's appearance and brings Hapiness. I love your clothes hanging outside it reminds me of my country (Brasil). I'm so happy you are enjoying your days and your children. They grow up so very fast.

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  34. Beautiful photos Jennifer. I'm always surprised by how much lighter the evening is at the end of January. x

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  35. The winter light looks so beautiful! Sarah x

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