Farewell to Winter

Remnants of Winter
Remnants of Winter

Spring has come.  The daffodils announced the arrival of a new season, which was underscored by the rainy days that followed.  In the Northern Hemisphere, the world has stirred as if from a deep sleep and is welcoming a warmer sun.  Even as I embrace the energy of rebirth, I cannot help but recall the comfort of hearth and home where tea and a fine book filled the long winter nights.  Winter is a time of respite and contemplation that accompanies an inner journey.

In the midst of the new growth, the remnants of winter remain as a reminder to seize the moment, for winter will come again.

“Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.”

“Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.”


Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

18 thoughts on “Farewell to Winter

    1. I do love winter for its ability to envelop me in a joyful solitude. Thank you for your heartwarming comments. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” Albert Camus

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    1. Thank you, dear Cindy. As I was meandering among the crocuses and daffodils, I happened to come to this beautiful plant – serene in its determination to be remembered. I will go back to see how the new embraces the old. What is most fascinating is to watch how a new season engages with a season that has passed. Nature has much to teach us…

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  1. An inspiring beautiful picture, with mgnificient words, both yours and Horace… provoking enchanting thoughts for tomorrow’s possibilities.

    Ah the awakening of the seasons that bring warmth without man’s help… save winter’s comfort of hearth and home, and a fine book does compensate, though we easterners especially in my area many more fine books, and man made warmth is demanded by nature’ longer winters, leaving us a bit wanting and anxious for spring to come.

    ‘Tis a summer person I am, once said of me as a youngster, that I would loose my smile in the early winter, and find it again once spring drew the curtains on summer. Jean-Jacques

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    1. I love your words “‘Tis a summer person I am…” I believe that we have a partiality to seasons. I once attended what was called a colour draping seminar, where each participant was “draped” with different colour swatches that were attached to specific seasons. It was quite a revelation for certain colours do indeed compliment even as others detract. Once you knew your “season” then you could chose clothes and accessories accordingly. My season was “autumn” which I was quite pleased with until I was told that the colours “black” and “white” were off limits to my season. As you know, my dear friend, life is never about absolutes, so I chose to follow another fashion icon, Coco Chanel, who said: “Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”

      Keep that tea pot and book case full for the moment, but I promise spring is coming your way.

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      1. I just checked it out and you are correct – In the visible spectrum, white reflects light and is a presence of all colours. Black, on the other hand, absorbs light and is an absence of colour. Now that I think back, I learned this in Grade 9 art class.


  2. Beautiful capture, Rebecca. I love this time of year, saying goodbye to a long winter and welcoming spring, giving the winter boots a good polish, kissing them good night for a long summer sleep. 🙂
    A big hug from the Rhine Valley and Norfolk from the four of us,

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    1. I traded in my winter boots for spring rain boots, which I love. I can splash through the puddles and walk through the mud with my camera in hand. Isn’t it interesting that when you have a camera in hand, you see things more clearly, especially details. Thinking of my dear friends, the Fab Four of Cley! Many hugs and love coming your way!


  3. Aha!! Spring is here! I took my comfy little blanket, a cup of hot coffee and my favorite danish, put my favorite pillow on my favorite chair on my balcony and had my first coffee on the balcony this morning!!! The fresh morning spring air felt so good as I enjoyed reading for a little while. I did reflect and remember all the blessing of the winter past. The winter did bring special memories.

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    1. What a wonderful way to begin the day! Especially when we chose to have a spirit of gratitude for once we begin this journey, it seems to guide our moments. Did you know that the International Day of Happiness occurred on March 20, 2016. Seems to me that we should celebrate “Happiness” everyday!


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