Dream, Imagine, Believe In Better Tomorrows

"The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows." - George William Curtis.
Sometimes it's as if the sky has a day planner of weather events it must do. White snowy caps arrived on schedule, Dec. 21, the official first day of winter. Flakes rapidly settled on roofs and roads, weighing down unsuspecting trees and blooms.
Gleeful sounds of children eager to play in the puffy white were heard up the road. 
One cap (above) grew as tall as Marge Simpson's hairdo.  
Branches hugged and huddled in the bitter chill.
Faster and faster the flakes fell. 
Glittering Christmas lights hid beneath pillows of snow. 
The blinding blur came a few days too early for Christmas though.
Before long B.C.'s coastal rain started needling the winter wonderland.

Digging out from what fast became icy slush wasn't pretty.

Soon the birds flew back to feast on frozen left-over berries ... swallowing them whole. Our holiday dinner was a little warmer and more slowly digested. 

Sadly, nothing lasts forever but it's good to know 2020 will melt away. It's been a traumatic year for some more than others. The three candles that lit up my Christmas table said: dream, imagine, believe. As the vaccines roll out amid societal ills exposed, hopes for better tomorrows are as plentiful as the blizzard of flakes that briefly fell. 

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  1. Hello,
    Beautiful winter wonderland, I love the red berries with the snowy background. We had some rain wish washed away all our snow. Dream, Imagine and believe are good words for the New Year. I wish you all the best in 2021, a happy and healthy New Year! Have a happy new week!

  2. freezing, but so beautiful.....cute little bird.
    Happy beautiful holiday

  3. Very, very creative series of photos !

    Happy New Year to You,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  4. I especially like the blinding blur rooftop and the shovel shot. We had a white Christmas!

  5. Stunning capture of frost and nature .Those berries are drool worthy. It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to gardening here at http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2020/12/garden-affair-merry-xmas.html

  6. Very beautiful photos ! I haven't seen a snowflake this year ! It's always around 4°C not more.

  7. Such tall white snow caps! I laughed and nodded to see Marge Simpson. On the night of Winter Solstice, I relaxed myself in the traditional “yuzu-yu”, bath with some floating citrus yuzu. This winter is going to be frigid. Over the years is forecasted to snow heavily, so stay-home New Year won’t be bad. Thank you for your inspiring photos and narratives throughout the year, Penelope.


  8. Wonderful snow confections! The magic of snow :)

  9. Beautiful! All our snow has melted... :-(
    Wishing you a year filled with good things.

  10. You describe the snow so vividly ... and the melting trend that has unfortunately become the norm in our warmer world. I am dreaming, imagining and believing in better times to come! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  11. I love the title of this post :) and what a great quote by George William Curtis. A beautiful first image also. Full of light and hope! All your snow photos are wonderful! The splash of the red berries in Marge Simpson’s hairdo is stunning, and the words make me chuckle, not to mention providing a lovely feast for the birds. Happy New Year to you and all your Loved Ones!

  12. Wishing you a Happy Hopeful New Year Maria. I didn’t realize you had had some snow ... just the cold wet rain here in our corner of Oregon.


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