Tuesday, 5 January 2010

And Frost Did Come And Nip Their Toes...




My view where I gratefully stand each morning to greet the day, coffee cup in hand...!


Well, the cold snap continues, and we awake each morning to a frosty garden, and snowy mountaintops in the distance.

Back to school on Thursday, so in the meantime we'll wait it out, with cups of tea and cocoa, and pajama days, snuggled up on the couch by the fire, with soothing music to match our quiet contemplation.

All to soon we'll be back into the maelstrom.

But for now we are happy to hibernate here and eke a bit more out of Christmas.

At least for the next few days.

~*~
Do take a little peek over on ~Carnival~ if you'd like to hear who I've been listening to.

33 comments:

affectioknit said...

Scout's back in school now and I'm back at work - so our cozy little and much enjoyed vacation is over...

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2010!

HKatz said...

Lovely photo - it captures the mood of early morning and looking at the cold outdoors from a cozy indoors.

I'm easing back into work and studies now after a short break, and I miss being with family; I also miss the couple of days I spent wandering around in a city well-known to me. Hang onto these precious days as long as you can :)

Laura [What I Like] said...

Oh you are lucky indeed to have such a view...and a fireplace! I have a view only of snowy rooftops and am sadly without a hearth...wonderful in warm weather but decidedly sad when it is frigid out. Enjoy the last days of the holiday, it sounds like you are making the most of it!

paintnpencil said...

How beautiful a view, but to be looking from inside with warmth, perfect. It sure looks cold.

Laura Hegfield said...

The light in this photo is exquisite Ciara...so glowy and warm.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

We are having the same weather here. Unbelievably cold. I have to confess, I adore it. Never so happier than out today, hood up, hands gloved, feet booted! The Best! And now, for a cup of Horlicks!!

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

That view thru the window looks so serene; I think it should be a painting.

the b in subtle said...

LOVE pajama days and frost-bitten mornings. so picturesque and peaceful. enjoy!

Jasminé said...

Hello there Ciara
Lovely photo...my poor garden (the tiny patch that it is) is also frosted & I stand at my kitchen window looking out at it in the mornings...cup in hand!
We have been doing the same, spending quiet days at home before school starts again thursday.
Keep warm & enjoy the time with your family
Jas
x

ladybug-zen said...

exquisite photo there, Ciara. wow!

happy wintering!

Annah said...

Beautiful image Ciara. I haven't ventured out much, been here cosy and warm. Roads are lethal outside our house. Boys back on Thurs too, so the cosiness will change to quietness in my world if the snow doesn't prevent normality returning!
Enjoy the last of it...

marta said...

what a beautiful pic Ciara
I want to be there having tea with you! cosy

Tia said...

Ciara , that photo made my heart smile...the TEAPOT...thanks :0)
Aideen back at homeschool too since yesterday !

mise said...

Ah it's lovely to have a ritual viewing of the day from the window. Same here, the last few days of calm before it all gets hectic again, and the effect is enhanced by staying in and using available ingredients rather than struggling to the shops. It's probably the nearest thing to hibernation that we can get away with.

Anne said...

Though I live in the states, my soul resides in Ireland....and your small glimpses let me peek into the land I love and long to reside upon...thank you for sharing photos

A. E. Hendricks said...

Beautiful photo! Beautiful view!

jaboopee said...

what a lovely view...and photo
we're still hibernating here too....and dreading thursdays back to reality , though am looking forward to burning the christmas tree ..not just for heat but for the lovely smell and to have some space back into the room .

Ellen said...

The holidays have past and the time for cozy, relaxing days till your children head back to school, playing with Christmas gifts. My son went back yesterday and the quiet hits the home. Your view is lovely and the photograph a story itself...thank you for the vision.

Gigi said...

Oh, Ciara, that photo made me sigh--it's perfect. We were living on an island all fall, and I had a view every morning that took my breath away. You've made me long for it again, but now that we're back in the city, I have to admit that I love my gritty, old industrial view, too. Your photos are truly lovely, my friend. xo

Jessie said...

What a lovely view through the window :) Thanks for the music link, I really enjoyed it :)

Paddy said...

Lovely photo & caption.

If this is global warming, what will we do when it turns cold?

Lenny said...

Beautiful photo, I'd love to wake up to that outside my door! Have you had much snow?

Rebecca S. said...

Your photo is more of a painting - just beautiful. I am getting more and more curious about the book displayed on your blog...

I was doing just what you describe with my household - last week. It was wonderful.

Mimi said...

Ciara, I love this picture, and also the picture you paint in words.
It's exactly what we've been doing here, letting the snow extend the Christmas, and slow down the pace. Now if we could get a directive to leave the schools closed for the rest of the week??

Ciara said...

Thank you all for your sweet words! I love how we are all doing the same thing, all around the world. Holding on the that holiday feeling as long as possible.

Lenny, we have had snow but it doesn't really stick. We're too near the sea, all that salt I guess. But from the village inland it's snowy and icy, and the roads have been treacherous.

Rebecca S. do take a peek at the book by clicking on the badge, or even better, head on over to A Year At My Back Door blog to see the whole year of photos. It's having a make-over at the mo, as I'm changing it over to the bigger format I'm now using here. You'll find the link just below the slideshow below!

Mimi, the rest of the week off would be great!

Ciara said...

And Marta, it's you!!

Well, I am so happy to say in a few days we will be drinking tea with YOU!!!

Hurray! :-D

Circe said...

Ciara- we are having a cold snap here, as well... brrrrrr! I LOVE your photo-- it's both icy AND very warm! Hope whilst nestled down...

Warm Hugs, to you, and some to pass along?

xom

2busy said...

What a wonderful shot! That is exactly how I would like to be spending my time.

baili said...

hello happy christmas and happy new year ,your blog to me is the place of my dream where i use to fly with my baili thanks for such beautiful sharing take care

emilyreviscombs said...

I just stumbled across your blog... this picture is absolutely gorgeous. I love everything about it: the point of focus, the softness, the feel of morning, the monochromatic colors. Beautiful.

Bronwen said...

Oh your blog is lovely and that picture is just perfect. i love the blown-out light up top, the wintery grasses below, the soft lines of the teapot. Thanks for all that you write and share; I love coming back for more. - Bronwen

mimi charmante said...

Why is it that everything in your life seems so incredibly beautiful, and romantic, and enviable? Send your address, please. I think I need a visit... :)
Have a lovely weekend my friend,
xx

Jayne said...

I am skipping about your blog a little, and have no idea if you will see this comment, but that photograph above is just blissful.

I actually find your blog is so very restful - there's a comfort and soothing element to your posts that sort of sings to my soul! And even though my world is so very different, I like to think that maybe one day I'll be able to attain that sense of melodic peace that seems to radiate from your words. It's a very lovely quality to have. :)