Winter arrived a few days ago. It was later than usual but it came with impressive intensity. Winds blew, snow fell. And now, all around us, are winter’s wonders.
I’m not sure how much snow has fallen, but judging from the snow peaked on top of the Chinese pot, 10 inches/25.5 cms would be a reasonable guess.
Near the Chinese pot on the log terrace, more Chinese memorabilia stand guard in the snow. This pair Chinese lions, or fu dogs, has been with us for some 45 years now, in one location or another; we bought them when we lived in Beijing — or Peking, as it was called then — in the late 1960s. They stand near the entry to the house, doing their usual good job of keeping evil spirits at bay.
The stream that runs alongside Glen Villa is gorgeous at this time of year, a Currier and Ives postcard brought to life. The stream will freeze eventually but today, when temperatures hover around freezing, patches of open water create patterns of black and white that mirror the patchwork of snow on the tall spruce trees.
Not much is tall enough to show its head above the snowbanks, but this patch of weeds and seed heads is. In another week or so, as snow continues to fall, even they will be hidden
Overhead, icicles dangling from the end of an eavestrough are a remnant of the warm temperatures we experienced as snow was falling. And as you can see in the photo below, it is falling still.
Snow continues to fall as I write, but bravely flying overhead, oblivious to the weather, is the Glen Villa flag. I was quite pleased to get a photograph of the flag unfurled enough to show the emblem of the old Glen Villa Inn.
Whether you have snow, or sleet, or rain — or if you are fortunate enough to have blue skies and sunshine — 2016 is here. Happy New Year to all! Let’s hope it is a good one.