Winter Wonderland

One of the things that drew my husband & I to our house, apart from some great features indoors, was the beautiful outdoors.  Our tree lined driveway & yard are two of our favourite things about the house.2016 Winter Yard-0456 The driveway is perhaps my favourite though.  I love to walk down it looking up at the trees anytime of year but especially in the summer & fall when the leaves are full.  The trees are a great marker for people coming to our house & also a great way for our girls to identify that we have arrived home.  They too love to walk down the driveway although I’m not sure they appreciate the trees just yet the way that their parents do.

The rest of the yard is pretty great too, front & back.  This time of year (when we actually have snow – which hasn’t happened much this winter), I love to look out the windows & see the snow sparkling on the ground & on the trees as the sun comes up.2016 Winter Yard-0376 I also love to see the wildlife tracks running through the undisturbed snow.  There is definitely something to be said for living in the country.

This morning I got inspired & pulled out my zoom lens, something I haven’t done in a LONG time.  I was looking out the window while changing one of the girls & noticed a chipmunk, perched on a box near the garage.  He was sitting ever so still, almost like a statue.  I was sure by the time I got my camera he would be gone but he wasn’t. 2016 Winter Yard-0437.jpg Must be my lucky day.  After snapping a few photos of him, I was drawn to the frozen droplets on the tree branches from the storm a few days ago.

Our yard is really great for photos, anytime of year.

The birds have been going crazy today too.  My husband filled the feeders on the weekend, something he hasn’t done for a while, & the birds appear to be very happy with him.  I saw woodpeckers, blue jays, cardinals, doves & a bunch of little birds I can’t identify!  But they were sure having a feast in our yard.  2016 Winter Yard-0518

Since I’ve mostly been writing about feeding my “little birds” the last little while I thought I’d do something different today.  Here’s a few of the shots I snapped in the yard this morning.

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Hello Winter!

This morning when I woke up it was a winter wonderland outside!  It was beautiful & I was so excited to see the snow.  It is about time!  This was our first real snow of the season.  It snowed a little bit right after Christmas but it was gone the same day, which hardly counts in my books.  But this morning there was good cover on the ground & it snowed most of the day… in fact, I think it is still snowing now.  We probably got around 4 inches & it finally feels like winter.

Day 13 - Winter Wonderland

If it is supposed to be winter outside I would just as soon it be cold & snowy.  I am not totally into Mother Nature teasing me with all these warm temperatures & spring like weather.  It was quite warm (for January) earlier in the week (& last weekend – remember my laundry hanging on the line) & it almost smelled like spring out.  I don’t like that… I mean, I do, but not in January when I know there is still more of winter to come before we actually get spring.  So, I was happy this morning to see the white.  Honey, however, was not.  He does not like the snow… & he’s been wishing it would stop snowing all day!

One of the best things about the snowy weather this morning was that I didn’t have to go out in it…  I worked from home today which was great.  I sat at my desk sorting through paperwork, sipping coffee, & was curled up in my comfy clothes watching the snow fall.  It was a great way to start the day, I have to say.  The snowy day transitioned into one of those winter evenings that I love.  I just finished making carrot-sweet potato soup for tomorrow & chocolate banana cupcakes… as you can imagine, the house smells amazing.  The house is warm & the snow is sparkling outside.  Honey & I are getting ready to watch a movie & snuggle up on the couch… If we had a fireplace, we would definitely have it on.  I can think of nothing I would rather do on this snowy & chilly January evening.