11/30/2010

In the bleak midwinter.



The last few weeks have been very challenging, elderly parents have needed our support and freezing weather conditions have made life difficult and traveling hazardous. Still, whenever possible I have been enjoying working in my studio, radio playing, heating turned up high.



Ted seems to like the snow and the landscape does look very pretty wearing its winter cloak. Walks have been cut short as the cold wind has been biting, enough to skin a rabbit.



It has been a time for slow cooked stews, warming drinks, sitting by the fire, sewing and taking one day at a time.

25 comments:

  1. Challenging weather indeed, and a good time I believe to withdraw into what is valuable in life: survival takes away the fripperies, and everywhere becomes slow, and silent. Is that 'the owl and the pussycat' upon which you are working?

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  2. wow valerie - the owl and the pussycat poster rocks!!! snow in england - well the last christmas i spent in england as a very young boy was 1965 in north yorkshire. it was pure magic. looking much like your gorgeous heart wrenching pictures. i am still homesick fourty five years later. but i do feel some empathy for the seniors and the shut-ins for whom this is a challenging time. steven

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  3. Valerie, you all have got a real taste of winter so far ahead of us on this side of the pond.

    Hoping that all those dear to you will be fine, even with the chill, snow and ice.

    Your owl and pussycat painting is marvelous. I love the impudence of that fish jumping out of the picture frame.

    xo

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  4. Hope things improve for you - should be warmer by the weekend.

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  5. Hello from Wintery Michigan, Your winter landscape looks Magical. We got our first snow last night. Just a dusting. You have much more. Your art is beautiful. I wish you and your family a very Happy and Peaceful Holiday Season. Hugs Judy

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  6. Wow you have quite a bit of snow there and here in upstate New York it hasn't hardly snowed yet! Cold and wind we have but so far the snow has been elusive...
    Stay warm Ted!
    Tina xo

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  7. I can only imagine the sort of weather you've been having there. Here, we are cold to be sure, but nothing like snow and ice this early. Hunker down with tea and paints! And the delightful Ted!! With snow on his nose!

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  8. Bkiggers are real people! Thanks for reading my blog, I love yours. Yesterday we had an unexpected thunderstorm and really strong winds. Weather is so unpredictable here on Long Island. Around here they say, "if you don't like the weather when you walk out the front door, walk out the back door."

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  9. It does look wintery! Stay warm. Your parents are lucky to have you. It's just too bad the traveling isn't easier. Spring, spring, sleeping under the snow/We miss you so/Don't you know.

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  10. Your Owl and the Pussycat painting looks like it is nearly finished and it looks lovely. At least you have been able to work in this weather!
    My Mum has been snowed in and I haven't been able to get to see her but her spirits seem good so lets hope the snow subsides soon.

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  11. Valerie, I think it's Charles Dickens weather! We just need Tiny Tim in your photo!
    Hugs, Diane

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  12. I think Ted deserves a big bowl of that stew for bringing in the firewood! It actually snows here occasionally, but lately it's been raining cats n dogs ( don't tell Ted I said that!)
    The painting is looking GLORIOUS!

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  13. Oh, your beautiful beautiful painting, it is like a song - the rolling waves, the leaping fish, (the Owl and Pussycat, of course) and I know I haven't seen a prettier pea-green boat.

    Keep warm!
    Far

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  14. Ted just loves having his photo taken, doesn't he? He has such character. We had a few days of very deep snow. Now we have torrential rain! I hope some sort of normality is returning to your life. I really like how you have captured the village in the snow in your first photo. x

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  15. Beautiful pictures, Valerie. We've had tons of snow here, and a whole week off school.

    Keep warm!!

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  16. Beautiful pictures, Valerie. We've had tons of snow here, and a whole week off school.

    Keep warm!!

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  17. Ted looks, as always, as if he is enjoying himself! I've just got back from a week in North Derbyshire where we were snowed in for almost the whole time by about 2ft of snow. Luckily we had plenty of provisions and lived on warming soup and jacket potatoes. Your landscape photo is wonderful:)

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  18. Boy, you guys have really got hit by the bad weather. Hope it improves soon. I love seeing the progress of your Owl and the Pussycat poster...so lovely!

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  19. I love your book cover, it would make me pick up the book to read. The border pattern looks lovely, looking forward to seeing it finished.
    Having the same kind of cold frosty weather here, staying in and keeping warm too.

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  20. Yes, I have had to curtail my long walks of late to prevent myself from turning into an ice sculpture en route. You seem to have had a lot more snow than we have though.

    I love the progress you have made on the owl and the pussycat, and it is such a huge area to fill too. Looking forward to the completed picture. Ted looks cute trotting along in the snow.

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  21. I'm back to tell you about a giveaway on my blog Valerie - hope that you'll take part, Lesley.

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  22. wow Ive been working on an owl and pussycat theme too... I cant post the image until one of my freind recieves it for christmas but I will post the image in Jan.... thankyou for showing your pictures they are great.

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  23. Lovely to see your workplace and your owl and the pussycat! So inspiring.
    Keep warm!
    xo,
    Heather

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  24. Ted is toooo cute!! Although if he were down here by the Alps today...we´d have to send a search party out looking for him...as we are in total "white out"...ahhh the joys of winter:)

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  25. Gorgeous snowy images, Valerie! wow!

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