January 9, 2011

Winter Charm


                                                                       The leaves start to fall
                                             Are those snowflakes tumbling down?
                                                            Winter has begun

                                                                                      My son’s Haiku

Isn’t it wonderful to wake up in the morning to see through your frost-glazed window how flakes of snow, big as pieces of cotton, slowly spiralling down…The Earth is covered in a so needed white blanket. You shower up and get ready to leave your home (let say for a walk with your dog) and then, you penetrate into the whole beauty of the impeccable white winter. You are in a fairytale decor, or in a “winter wonderland”, or if it is me – in Tim Burton’s movie.

 I grew up in the glamor of the four seasons and as much as I love all of them, winter has always been a special time for me. I am not sure if it is because of the many family celebrations or simply because of the earthy white color delivering an instant sense of invigoration and tranquility.

During winter time, the stillness of Nature makes my mind fresh and calm. The world also seems at peace. The cars move in slow motion. The traffic sounds and city noises are less disturbing and leave people a chance to hear the crunch,  crunch,  crunch of the snow beneath their boots ...

But, the greatest quality of winter, I think, is this amazing contrast of outside coldness and indoor warmth. There is some unique energy in walking in a cold freezing day, snowflakes dimming your eyes, wind blowing strongly into your face, but you are still, even happy-go-lucky, because you sense the warmth and coziness of your Home. 
In winter time all roads lead Home, don't they?

Awesome !

And when you come home, what's better than getting warmed with a cup of an ultimate Hot Chocolate!?


    Or, perhaps, a cup of Mocha Maple Coffee? 

Freshly brewed hot coffee with 1 teaspoon maple syrup

  And, of course, a cup of deliciously fragrant Tea!

"The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement"-Arthur Gray

 a small part of my beloved  Bone China Tea cup collection 

What's better that warming your house and making your heart glow with this Mulled Wine!?

Fruity red wine with orange,clove,ginger and cinnamon

Or sipping a cup of your favorite milk drink infused with a hint of honey!?

You can always add a shot of rum!

Cheers to All!

Take DELIGHT in these small simple things and as the old saying goes "ENJOY LIFE sip by sip, not gulp by gulp!"    



  1. Love your snowy images! Your ultimate hot chocolate looks soooo tempting...We've had a snowy 24 hours & my hubby is shoveling the driveway at this very moment :-)

  2. Thank you Mary ,for stopping by and leave a comment; it means a lot to me . I hope you will visit my blog again .. Don't forget ,I live in Canada : what else except snow , wind , snow, wind , but it's winter time and I love it !

  3. This is such a lovely post, Sylvia, and I am so happy to meet you! I just added myself as a 'Follower' and will add your blog to my blogroll!


  4. Beautiful, serene, inspiring! I'll follow you (as I've always enjoyed to). Your thoughts, your point of view through the lenses of your camera, Avel's haiku...Love you, guys!

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