Friday, July 16, 2010

Colour my Winter



Looking back through photo's from the year so far I can't help but feel a little trapped by the grey of winter. We seem to be inside so much more, the days are cold and the nights are freezing. We have had so much rain that the grassy area out the front of our house has become a huge mud pile.


I'm missing the sun on my skin, being outside in the garden with our kids, dogs, chooks & ducks, hanging washing on the line under a big summer sky.



It's not that I hate winter, maybe I just need to work harder at finding the beauty, the simple joy of the colder months. Snuggling up in bed, comfort food, my warm boots, black nights & frosty mornings, spooky mist and the promise of snow. Reading amazing books, snuggling with my family, being cosy. And the colours of Winter, so many different shades, are really there if I open my eyes.


Sunday's prayer table.



My new red coat.



Splices of rainbow linen.



A big box of crunchy apples from the boys trip to Shepparton.



Rosella's outside my window.



Blue skies on the way to Ballarat.

So even though it's cold and grey alot of the time, I'm finding colour everywhere. It's not as obvious, but it's there if I look a little deeper. Although the warmer months seem to shine brighter, are more brilliant, the colours popping and exploding before your eyes, it's in winter that we experience a more subdued beauty, perhaps a quieter kind of space.
One of the best things about living in the country is that we get to experience every season,
to see the changes and ride with them.

Are you having a warm & cosy weekend? Perhaps you are living somewhere hot & humid.
Wherever you are I hope you find some colour in your day.
See you soon xo



26 comments:

hausfrau in melbourne said...

This winter I am really trying hard not to wear my standard Melbourne black. Tricky when I nearly ALWAYS reach for it first. My garden too is sludgy and muddy, but glimpses of colour do pop up if I just take the time to look for them.

Screamstress said...

I'm with you so much, winter just gets me blue! A little bit of relief today with a sunny morning, some yard work, and the spawn are right now jumping on the trampoline! Spring is coming, the days are already getting longer - hold on!

Copper Patch said...

Just as chilled as you and waiting for the fire to hurry up and warm the house. That box of apples looks yum. I hope you are making pie!
Stay warm,
Ab x

Sue said...

This winter has been so cold hasnt it. I love your red jacket too, looks nice and cozy. I think staying inside in bed reading a book or doing some knitting is much nicer than being outside freezing. I also ordered some little moo cards too after seeing how wonderful yours are. I saw them a year or so ago and had completely forgotten about them so thanks for reminding me. Dont worry too much about the winter time, everyone needs to hibernate every now and then.

Loz and Dinny said...

Love that big blue sky - freezing down here in Tassie too - but we have some stunning sunny days that make it beautiful ... mash potato and gravy is a good enough reason for winter ...

m.e (Cathie) said...

I do enjoy winter and I love to see the colour throughout the year.
you have definitely found some great colour and some fabulous images.
I hope you put on your red coat & enjoy the weekend.
Happy Sunday sweet Beck ♥

trixi said...

It seems to be really cold this winter, even here in Sydney! Lots of rain but then a beautiful sunny day to remind us of what summers like. I guess if it wasn't for a cold winter we wouldn't realize how wonderful summer is.

crzylady said...

as always, I love your photos. Love the red coat and the fence. I, too, struggle in winter; although I have halloween and christmas to help distract me a bit over here in my side of the world.
hope those little birds stay with you for a while.

Jemm said...

It's so amazing to me that we can be in such sweltering heat (90's) and in your world it's completely winter. Lovely photos. Do you really get SNOW in Australia?

Mommy of Monkeyshines said...

Quite envious of your Rosellas! They are breathtaking!

Sorry its gloomy in your part of the world. Here in the states its summer...and I confess that today at my son's baseball game I about croaked. But its good to be thankful in all seasons...be it winter, spring, summer or autumn. Hope your winter goes by quickly!

Ooty said...

I loooove winter time, well maybe because we don't get that much around here.... This past month was way too hot and humid is just keeps on rising that it is so hard to breath out side ( yuck !!!) anyway your photos are lovely and I looooove your red jacket;))

Ooty said...

I loooove winter time, well maybe because we don't get that much around here.... This past month was way too hot and humid is just keeps on rising that it is so hard to breath out side ( yuck !!!) anyway your photos are lovely and I looooove your red jacket;))

Linda said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog, Beck! I know I will enjoy seeing your spring and summer photos when I am in the depths of the snowy winters we get here! I love your red jacket!

hester said...

Love love love your winter colour photos, Beck. You're so good at finding the joy in whatever the day brings. It's cold in Brisbane too (by Queensland standards). We've been eating bangers and mash and toasting marshmallows in the fireplace.

Mary said...

I'm very surprised to see so much green in your countryside in the middle of Winter, and those birds are just gorgeous!

I'm one of those who loves winter! I think the colors are truer, not as stark as they are in Summer.

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

i love the tranquility in that granny square bed blanket though. it remains hard to imagine you are going through winter, while we are heading for another week of swelter. oi, oi.

Beach Vintage said...

I am over winter at the moment. It is so darn cold here at night. Come on Spring!

Cotton Kiwi said...

I love colour in winter. I have a hot pink wool coat which always helps! Loving the colours you found. Winter will be over before you know it, don't worry!

Catherine said...

I love Winter for rugging up, enjoying my jeans and eating stews and casseroles but I'm ready for a bit more sunshine too. I'm enjoying your winter moments of colour. I hope you enjoyed your weekend.:)

Leanne said...

Oh all that crochet goodness is indeed delicious! I know how you are feeling...it's not as cold up here to the north but I'm longing for more sun too.

Floss said...

Hot and humid here, Beck! We are hiding in different rooms, reading or blogging as the mood takes us...

I really do identify with your lack of winter colour. I've noticed the same problem myself, but I guess we do have Christmas to brighten things up for us, which is no doubt why it's when it is! Do you have winter festivals that can do the same thing for you? I realise that Christmas in the summer must be a lot of fun, but you do need something midwinter, I guess.

Anyway, I do love the splashes of colour you have found - especially those amazing birds.

Thanks for your comment - I'm really glad that the post gives you the feeling of being there - I have so much more to share and will be delighted if the atmosphere of rural France can come across! And it was quite warm but not too hot, if that encourages you rather than makes you jealous...

byebyebirdie said...

This bitter cold winter we seem to be having reminds me of my childhood. Before we know it we'll be saying how HOT it is! Your winter days must feel alot brighter and cheery with that gorgeous red coat.

Lola Nova said...

We are having our summer, finally. The garden is full of color and vibrant growth. I am relishing it while it lasts.

Your red coat is a bit of happy though! And those birds are amazing.

I hope you keep finding color and warmth through the winter.

moose and bird said...

Hello.....like you I find winter a little bit harder to deal with than summer. But I'm trying hard to find the positives too. Have a warm and happy day. xo

Big brother, Little sister. said...

Hi Beck,
SO lovely to "meet" you! thanks for stopping by my blog and lovely to have found yours.
Sorry you stooped by at such an emotional time but I also have lots of sewing and photos too! lol
I adore your photography and look forward to following your journey.
Bron xo

Tammie said...

oh what gorgeous photos. i love those little birds.

its warmish here. im ready for winter.