Sunday, August 15, 2010

Grey Old Day



I know that in a blink of an eye, frosty fingers will be replaced with sweaty palms. Rather than the dance of voluptuous, dollopy raindrops over puddles, the grass will become frazzled and stingy. Soon the cicadas will shriek again: tuneless and shrill. The sun will prickle 40 degree heat down on pale, vulnerable skin and torment with tangled, sleepless nights.

I’ve loved the last couple of weeks: it’s been proper winter. Like it used to be. Today there’s a Sunday quiet that comes with leaden winter skies and the call of inside warm. Even the washing machine has gone into weather-induced hibernation and I’m in clean-undie-supply denial (I’ll so kick myself, come morning).



Outside, the garden is lush and generous:



Bejewelled and extravagant in diamonds:



Snug in wintry,



fur coats:



Holding promises aplenty:



All reflected in Impressionist-painted puddles:



Inside there’s a slow Sunday roast dinner cooking, courtesy of the Mr, kids snoozing on bean bags, time to fall head over heels with the therapeutic quality of a zillion french knots. Time to breathe.



Exhale.

50 comments:

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Your photos made me miss my old garden - Which also had Hellebore and a Magnolia tree (it looked like a Magnolia bloom in bud).

It has been a proper winter hasn't it.

Kate said...

What a stunning post Tania!
It almost makes me appreciate this 'real' winter we're having.
I'm about to go and collect 40 dozen eggs in the mud and wet and cold. Ugh! I did say almost.

Kirsty said...

Just a gorgeous post.

We call Magnolia promise trees...I've noticed that they've started delivering which is lovely.

Also enjoying the forced insideness but most of all ... LOOK AT THOSE FRENCHIES. Most excellent.

Michelle said...

Beautoiful post, and photos! Your day has been exactly like our day, except for the roast dinner and undie supply!

Long live winter!! (well, at least until Spring)

Jodie said...

There is nothing like a population of French knots to cheer up a wet day.

Leah said...

I've really been enjoying this winter too. Summer can wait I'm happy knitting and hooking. I have my family over for roast tonight too. Smells wicked. Beautiful photos.

CurlyPops said...

How did you manage to make this grey old gloomy day sound soooo beautiful?
You have a certain magical quality with words...

One Flew Over said...

I'm over Winter but like Kirst, loving your frenchies - gorgeous x

Carla said...

How beautifully written! And here was me grumbling today about the neverending grey rain. Lovely post.

Megan said...

ahh just perfect. i am also loving winter, know exactly how you feel about the alltofast approaching months of sweltering. such lovely photos of beautiful greenness as well. enjoy your roast :)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Tas said...

Lovely post. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I have been thinking how damn cold and wet is has been this year- then someone said "yeah, first real winter for years" Too true.

Vic said...

Oh, see, now I feel so selfish & ungrateful for wanting an end to Winter, you've made it... better.

Damn you. ;)

Stomper Girl said...

The 9yo and I are both in clothing crisis too. Mister Fixit and the 6yo have a bigger supply of essentials apparently. And today's load of washing went straight on the clothes horse, I didn't bother with outside. A proper winter like this will make us appreciate summer though, don't you think? Instead of whinging about it which I often do because if it's over 34 degrees I am completely unreasonable and awful to be with.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Did you hear the loud sharp intake of breath when I saw the french knot heart? Oh be still my beating heart. I love it!!
Beautiful pics , magnolias in full blooom up these parts, I can see mine in the shower every morning and every year it marks the almost end of winter.... it was so warm here yesterday my neck got sunburnt- I miss proper winter it is so short here....

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

WOW! AWESOME photos - so beautiful and those knots!?!? Crikey, how do you have the patience for that and the skill?? Mine never look that good - which might be why I avoid them.....

Knicky Knacks said...

I can't stand winter but your post has me converted. Breath taking photos complimented with absolute poetry. Love your posts.

Fer said...

Now that's just plain lovely. Usually by August I've had enough but you've reminded me how good winter can be. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey Tarn,
As usual a beautiful post highlighted by your wonderful photography!
I am looking forward to Spring but I still love certain things about Winter!
Love Jen x

ps We had an interrupted "Special hug" this morning...my mind flashed forward to the future 'talk' I will be having with C!
Arghhh!

Tracey Petersen said...

So much warmth in that heart.

Mel said...

Ah things are looking mighty fine in your neck of the woods. I agree, this weather is perfect! Not looking forward to those sweaty nights! And with that I am heading for my warm snuggly doona ...

Needled Mom said...

I can almost "feel" your winter wit the gorgeous pictures and words.

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Lola Nova said...

Beautiful post. The red french knots are making my head spin with wonder, how gorgeous!
We here in our spot on the planet, are full on with the sweaty palms and the stifling sleepless. A heat wave that presses down and makes tidying the house about the least desirable task imaginable...so there are ants in the kitchen and a general flush of messy. The garden scolds with it's fried blooms that need to be discarded and the lettuce that has bolted tall as a 5 year old. I'm holding on to my love of summer though, soon enough it will all change again.

Amanda said...

Beautiful. I am enjoying the sun but these photos can make anyone wish for winter.

Andi said...

Write a god damn book woman!!!!
WRITE!!!!!
You were born to do it!

Smallest Friend said...

Gorgeous beautiful photos. I'm sweating and sticky in New York and you've succeeded in making me jealous. I guess the grass is always greener, huh?
Also, your crocheted scarf is lovely and not at all bath mat-ish. I loved the line about the snake though :)

katiecrackernuts said...

Come on summer. I've got a G&T with your name on it.

Sheridan said...

Gorgeous post!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Sounds like the perfect Sunday ....

june at noon said...

Gorgeous post. Almost makes me a bit excited for winter to come, 'though I'm still clinging to summer with every finger and toe!

Madeline said...

Beautiful! Normally I don't wish for winter, but oh my have I been dreaming about it lately! The height of summer heat will do that to a pregnant gal.

Sandrine said...

Those photos are just gorgeous Tania, enjoying the breathing ;)x

Kylie said...

Just beautiful Tania. I love your photos and the words are just exquisite. Love winter. Love your amazingly fabulous heart too :) Kx

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

I have a friend who loved the season so much he named his first born 'Winter'. That photography is just stunning!

Susie said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful winter. Here in Texas, we are in the throes of a heat wave. Hot. Sweltering. Make you feel like you're wearing too much clothing whilst naked kind of hot. For a couple of moments, I was transported to your cozy winter and forgot about the heat.

Jelly Wares said...

Just gorgeous pictures, I especially love the one of the pegs...

Jodie :)

Bonnie said...

So beautifully written! I love the way you describe everything! Of course..over here in the U S of A, we are experiencing a sweltering summer. It just tickles me to read about you all experiencing winter! That just intrigues me to no end! And the slow Sunday roast dinner cooking...oh my gosh...it's like I can just smell it! Yumm!

dillpickle said...

How good is real winter!?! It's really quite odd, but I'm really enjoying all the rain and coldness of the last couple of weeks. The drips, the squelch, the cold ears outside and the warmth inside...glad I have a roof over my head to enjoy it, actually.

Love your pictures :-)

mrs smith said...

Your pictures are poetry. I love them. The drab, endlessness of winter had got to me. Not anymore. Thank you for bringing cosy back and reminding me that this winter is beautiful and it's coming to an end.

Gina said...

You stand accused of art and poetry in the first degree.

Me? I've just been feeling wet and cold.

Sally said...

Oh that is such a beautiful post. Thankyou for sharing all the beauty around you.
I adore your french knotted heart too. So very very clever of you.

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Gillian said...

Hey Tania - thanks for yr comment on my blog and quite strange, I visited yr blog very recently and you had me at 'first child's memories' and 'realignment of the planets' and 'northcote' - suburb close to my heart ... I will be back! x

Louise said...

You described perfectly exactly how I feel about this weather. Stunning photos and words.

Cindy said...

I find french knots strangely theroputic - ok that is only me.
I do love the wet winter, Poppy on other hand does drain a little of that - kind of like when you shake a soft drink can!

Tam @ 1/4 of an inch said...

I LOVE winter, and you're right the last couple of weeks remind me of what winter used to be like...

I LOVE your snaps, can't quite get that feeling at my place at the moment rain doesn't really reflect on dirt *sigh*...

I LOVE french knots...and a whole bunch like that...super yummy...

xt

Little Ted Canvas said...

What a gorgeous post! I do love winter, having said that I'm longing for those sweet sunshiney days of spring...

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Gorgeous post! Has me both missing a southern winter and grateful at my life all at the some time! Just what I need today xox

Emma said...

Lovely post, it captures the recent chill so well. Spring is trying to peak through, but I don't think we're quite ready for it yet.

I agree with you completely about it being like a winter from old. I forgot what a real Melbourne is like, and it caught me quite unawares!