Feb 8, 2012

Where In The World

Here is where.  I've been here.  Yes, it's beautiful.  But after weeks and weeks of grey, punctuated by brief sunlight, even the beauty can be lost on you.  I'm still walking by the river, still dosing with herbal infusions and still getting out to hockey games, and even a concert tomorrow.  The wheel turns - but ever so slowly this time of year.



It's snowing now, as I type this, but I know it will stop soon.  It is February now, and even here in the high Valley, Winter doesn't last much longer than the first few weeks of February.  I've been fighting the first real cold that I've had in a long time.  Garlic, St. John's Wort, salt-water gargles and ginger honey have been my best friends these last few days.  I can't even talk about how wonderful these herbal remedies are.  I remember my Nyquil days, and that drugged feeling was never fun.

I took a drive up the hill last weekend to observe Imbolc and leave a few (natural) offerings.  The groundhogs in Canada seemed to report that Winter was ending, but I'm thinking Punxatawney Phil was right.  There's still some Winter left - at least up on the hill.  I took a few photos of the hoar frost that covered everything up there.

On the Pine needles:

On some scrub brush:

It's really something to see frost like that, growing almost an inch out in every direction.  Nature is wondrous.

I wanted to take a moment to give some belated thanks to Aw from My Life As I Know It, Keltik from Keltik's Korner and The Witch of Howling Creek for tagging me/giving me awards this past month.  I've not done the required homework on these, I'm afraid.  After several years of blogging, I figure you know more than you might wish to know about me already.  But thank you for the lovely thought!

Also, The Witch of Howling Creek is also the creatrix behind Pagan Living, an online home and garden magazine.  She is releasing the next issue in March and I have a small article within.  It's a very beautifully done magazine - do stop by the site and check out the past issues and I'll let you know when the new issue is released!

Thanks so much, as always, for sticking with me through the great blog drought of 2012!  I have another giveaway coming up this month and am geared up to start working on more herbal goodies and getting down to some serious garden planning.  Hang in there - things are starting to wake up!

11 comments:

Ashling said...

Such beautiful photos! We haven't seen much Winter here, so I have to enjoy it vicariously.

Congrats on the awards & feel better soon!

Robin Larkspur said...

So nice to read a post from you!! Sorry to hear about the cold but sounds like you are dosing yourself with all the best things! The hoar frost photos are so amazing!!! Would love to see that. Here no snow, quite the green winter. We usually have over 112 inches by now, so far just a meager 31 inches total. But we still have plenty of winter left. Take care, and enjoy your garden plans! Hugs, Robin.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You can't trust those friggin' groundhogs. They like to mess with our minds.

the wild magnolia said...

Beautiful photos of the hoarfrost, I don't believe I've ever seen this before.

Thank you for sharing.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hope you feel better soon! we had the tiniest bit of snow today and i felt like going out and rolling in it. we have had so little and i am so sad! feel better soon!

mermaid gallery said...

winter sure drags on...and drags us down too....six more weeks and we are out of the worst of it...just have to hang in there and feel grateful....we can't have it all....all of the time....

Wizardess said...

I am enjoying being a hibernator right now. Reading, napping, playing with kitties, and looking out at the dusting of snow. But I'm getting that little itch that says outside is where I should be in the future.

Thanks for the lovely snowy images, and I hope your cold is better soon!

TheBlakkDuchess said...

That frost is amazing! I wish I could see it in person. I, too, am ready for warmer weather. We were blessed with a week of sunshine, and it was nothing short of amazing. Now it's back to clouds and rain, but I know it won't last forever (I hope...).

I'm coming down with a cold as well... urg... Hope you feel better soon & hope I do too. ^-^

XOXO

ps... My sweety laughs as I dash to the mail box every day, eagerly checking for my package... lolz...

XOXO

jaz@octoberfarm said...

if you have ever eaten polenta, you've eaten grits..hehe!

Moncha said...

Such beautiful pictures !! It is hard when the Winter lasts a long time. I can't complain, because in The Netherlands most of the time the Winters are mild, but now we have very low temps too. It is predicted to ghet warmer after the weekend though ; )
I hope you will be feeling much better soon !!!
Have a magical day.

Rue said...

I'm surprised it's not there! Should be any day now! :)