Wednesday, December 23, 2009

WW and the First Snow Storm of the Season

Sunday morning looking out our bathroom windows this is what I saw.......a blanket of white over the land. Seeing the snow over the window sill made it look a little surreal. We rarely get this much snow in Southern New England and never this early. Predictions were for 12" but ended up with 2 feet.

The cardinal in the branches really showed up against the stark whiteness in the trees.

The snow was light so the shoveling was easy but there was just so much of it. We only shoveled out one tire track and the end of the driveway. I started feeling guilty that I was outside taking pictures while George was doing all the in the end I did my share.

Notice the hole in the arborvitae ......from our resident deer. I little peak a boo hole.

They have to eat too and it grows back every year anyways.

A good sign the mailbox is still there.

There was such a stillness in the air and no cars even went by while we were out. So quiet and peaceful.....

just us and the snow........

and the shovel of course.

On the way to work we went by the Pink Sleigh. It's a fabulous Christmas shop that's been there since the 60's. I remember going there for the first time when I was probably 7 yrs old. It was magical and there was nothing else like it anywhere. My friend Adrienne once worked there and tells me of a time when they would be so busy they would have to get traffic cops to keep the crowds flowing in and out.
The owners would shop all over the world for unusual items from Germany and other parts of Europe.

The place is still a wonderful destination place and a must stop if you're in the Westbrook area. They close after Christmas and reopen in the summer.

One of my favorite barns that we drive by everyday. Now with houses built behind it but the bramble that grew around it is all gone and you can actually see it.

The trees looked so different then the way I'd photographed the day before......well I guess that's obvious. I'd kept thinking if only I could see a little snow on them they'd look perfect!!!
What's that saying? be careful what you wish for! :))))

There's Charlotte little paws on the door window begging for me to let her out.

And there's Romy begging to let him in!

Most of the cats were pretty undaunted by the whole thing except for Jelly who wouldn't stop meowing as he walked back and forth on the saying "what have you done to this place????? clean it up". I think he suffers from claustrophobia and having that much snow all around made him makes him feel too closed in. Poor kitty!

It took people awhile to get back to their routine and most spent there time shoveling out and staying home.
Today and yesterday the sun came out. It was still cold but it did melt the snow somewhat.
Well at least we'll have our
It's been awhile since I can remember the last one.
Don't forget to visit Kathleen at Faded Charm for more white goodness and other participants.
Sorry I'm a little late in posting today!
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!!!
Love you all!


Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

You sure got a lot of snow. Love the cute pictures of the doggie and kitty. xo Joan

Mermaid Queen said...

Oh my goodness Carole, everything is beautiful, and looks like it's right out of a book. Amazing photos as usual! You have a wonderful Christmas too!
Take care,

Linda said...

WOW...what beautiful pics you have here...LOVE that RED barn!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Draffin Bears said...

Brrr! Oh how wonderful Carole... having a white Christmas.
Everything looks so beautiful but shame about a lot more work with shoveling and the pets having to walk around in the snow.
Stay warm!

Have a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays and best wishes for good health and happiness in 2010.


Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Carole,

Well, once again, you've outdone yourself with beautiful pictures! I've only seen snow a couple of times, and you've managed to capture the pure beauty of it.

Have a very Merry Christmas....stay warm and cozy!


Laura said...

A beautiful winter wonderland! I love the photo with the red barn especially! Happy White Christmas! :) Laura

Chemin des Muguets said...

Hello there in Snowland,

Get ready - you may have more white stuff to photograph. Your pics almost,(I said almost), make me nostalgic for Upstate NY, and lake effect snow.

Many Christmas blessings to you and your family and sweet kitties,


Mary said...

Wow, you really got a lot of snow! Such beautiful images!!! Have a very merry Christmas. :)


Jacqueline said...

Dear Carole,
What wonderful photographs of a beautiful winter wonderland. I love the red cardinal in the tree and the red barn. Snow makes everything look so magical, doesn't it ?
Many thanks for your lovely comment. I think that my house looks better in the photographs than in real life !!
Thank you so much for being such a kind and lovely blogging friend, Carole. ...and a good email friend, too. I look forward to more of the same in 2010.
I wish you and your family and friends a wonderful Christmas and many, many happy times in the New Year, with love. XXXX

Sharon said...

Oh my you got what we had last year. Enjoy all the beauty and quiet! Merry Christmas. Sharon

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Wow, you really got a lot of snow and it looks beautiful! Good thing that the mailbox still pokes out. The picture with Charlotte's paws on the window is sooooo cute! Thanks for sharing your wonderful winter wonderland, Carole!!!

Have a Merry Christmas and stay warm!


Laura said...

Hi Carole,

Your photos are fantastic; the snow is so beautiful and peaceful and I love that big old red barn.

Hoping your Christmas is as peaceful and full of family and friends.

Warm hugs,

Kate said...

Hi Carole

Love the winter wonderland of beauty. I am hoping to actually see the snow in 2010. I have lived in Southern Calif and have never seen the snow in person!!! Crazy huh. I just kept staring at all these photos and thinking wow I need to play in that.

have a very Merry Christmas

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos! I doubt very much that we will be seeing snow like this in the south of France so I know where to look if I need some winter images!
Joyeux Noel!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Oh those pictures are just breathtaking! I cant believe how much snow you got. I really love that red barn, its beautiful. And the cat begging to come in! My cats would freak out if they saw snow.

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Carole! Thanks for these stunning photos!
Wish you and your family a joyful Christmas!
Big hugs

Anonymous said...

I don't mind shoveling when it is this beautiful!
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Carole!

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Just look at darling little Charlotte!
It all looks so dreamy, I would just LOVE to go shopping at The Pink Sleigh!

Wishing you and yours a most blessed and Merry Christmas!

Tracey said...

Carole your collage, and all of your pictures, are incredible!!! I love a white Christmas!!

Many wishes that you have a blessed and joyous Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!!

:) T


Thank you for sharing your snow phots's they are just lovely, we had that kind of snow in the northwest last year.............I love the red cardinal photo, I saw one for the first time when I went to Maryland last year........I would like to give you a holiday cheer and wish you the Happiest of Holidays. xo Mary (JMPPASTIMES)

sweetpea said...

Carole, thanks so much for your sweet comment on my latest post. Your pics are so gorgeous. I wish I could have just a little of that white magic...

Merry Christmas,


Rosemary said...

Pretty as a Chrismas Card!!
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Love all the photos Carole, especially the ones of the cats! Merry Christmas to you. I am so happy to have met you this last year. Warm and cozy thoughts your way this Christmastime :)

Sea Angels said...

Love it, love it, I am in raptures and I just cannot get enough of your beautiful snowy icy pictures....oooh what a fab start to the Winter fingers crosed that it long continues.
Happy holidays...yes nad January is on its way here what more could we ask for haha.
Hugs Lynn xxxx
PS Loved the picture of pussy paws xx

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Merry Christmas Carole! You made my day by comparing my home to your friend Paulas! I fell in love with her home the first time I saw it on Laura's post for the tour!

Have a great day!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Carole
I'm not sure what amazes me more.. Having the woods outside your door or all that beautiful snow!! No it think it is your amazing photos.. just glorious, they really bring the feel of a vintage white christmas... just as I would want it to be...

I can't pick a favourite photo here as they are all so I will just sit and stare at them a while and pretend they are out my window!!

Thank you for being such a great friend this year... your beautiful blog and funny and kind emails and comments kept me going through the hard slog that it was.. Thankyou Dear Carole. Wishing you and George and kitties a wonderful white white Christmas... xxx Julie

erin said...

oh are so lucky to have such a beautiful snow!! i love it! i wish for you the merriest christmas, my dear blogging friend!

Rostrose said...

Dear Carole, your photos are wonderful! Such pretty White-Christmas-pictures!!! And every now and then a little bit of colour: What a pretty red bird!!! Or a bit of green, a bit of blue in all the white! I liked your cat-stories and I am also happy that you wrote about the tree-hole and the deer: "They have to eat too"! :o)
Thank you so much for your Christmas-wishes and also for your nice words on my blog! In my part of Lower Austria snow melted away two days before Christmas...(what a pitty...) but we had a wonderful family-celebration yesterday and will enjoy the rest of the holidays, too. I hope you also had and have wonderful days!!! Big warm hugs, Traude

Feelings said...

Your images are wonderful. Especially the one with the sun...

Wish you a wonderful holiday.


piitis said...

Wonderful photos!!!

Wish you a lovely holiday!

Big warm hugs:))

Rebecca said...

Merry Merry Christmas to you Carole and a year filled with the love and grace of our dear Saviour.
It has been such a pleasure to have gotten to know you this past year and so looking forward to a New Year filled with friendship and adventures here in blogland and in our everyday lives...who knows maybe a roadtrip is in store!!! would love to get to meet you and see your wonderful business.
Blessings to you and yours this Holiday season
PS would you send me that link you were talking about thank you

Laura said...


The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet Carole, I hope you've had a WONDERFUL birthday dear friend!!!! How neat is it that we share our birthday?? Such beautiful snow photos, we rarely even get a dusting here in Georgia ~ Thank you for your sweet birthday wishes, hugs and love, Dawn

Gypsy Purple said...

Hope you had a very merry Christmas, with lots of blessings--Gypsy Purple--Chamara

Christelle said...

It' s so beautiful ! You have so much snow !It's incredible !Kiss !