Monday, January 14

winter and happiness

the most unusually weather fell upon this part of vermont this past weekend, a fog so thick, a warmth so wonderfully mild  that the snow could be heard melting.  early saturday morning, a walk through the thick and moving fog, down the driveway led to the car that could not make it up the hill the night before, i did not mind for it was such a good way to start the morning and made for good photo taking. off to the grain store and coffee in the nearest city, gosh the weather was so lovely and everything took my breath away. lingering at the grain store, snapping away ( those are to come in later post) then heading back to the hill, a quick uturn when the abandonned out buildings where spotted. there is no secret how much i love the snow and  fog and when i am surrounded by it, i am truly at my happiest.

Upon returning to the hill and after a leisurely breakfast of freshly gathered eggs, peach jam handmade and gifted to me in the summer, a mocha and a game of chess scruffy building clothes replaced city ones. it was time to revamp the interior of the coop ( yes again) it has taken many takes to get it right, hours spent under the sunniest of skies trying hard to beat the sunset before the chickens decide to roost in trees. Sunday was a repeat of good breakfast and a game then the coop again, happily finished midday leaving time to tackle other things like wood stacking.

i had many thoughts going through my head this weekend and could not tell you how many times  i looked out to the pasture and the hills, how lucky i felt. the other thought i had was that i truly feel safe, comforted and profoundly happy when the animals are well taken care of, when i know that there is plenty of grain, a good place for them to rest and play, i guess that is what parents must feel as they tuck their children in for the night.

this post has run a little long i know, i loved this past weekend and the photographs that came from it but more so the things that where on a list the weighed on me could finally be crossed off. Dear readers, there is a possibility of a pause between this post and the next , for personal reasons but also i will be shooting in maine, connecticut and northern vermont maybe a quick trip to montreal and house guests. i feel very lucky that you visit here and that the hill means something to you, i will see you soon.

17 comments:

kimberly said...

Maine, Connecticut and Vermont- do you know how giddy I get even saying the names of places I have never been?? I can't wait!!
x

Megan said...

I love all of your picture from the hill Nadia, it seems like such a magical place. I share your love for snow and fog, it makes for such lovely images!

Sarah said...

I share your love for the fog and I'd like for the snow and I to become better friends.
Your weekend sounded wonderful, completely peaceful and surrounded by the things the make you the most happy. Such a rare thing for a lot people.

Please don't let too much time escape...I really would miss your stories about the hill.

btw, i've had some technical issues with blogger which resulted in my losing access to my blog and was forced to start a new one...after three years. anyhow, if the name looks different, just wanted you to know it's still the same Sarah following along. xo

elizabeth said...

your happiness is palpable. I love reading it and feeling it and yes, animals happy and in comfort can bring SUCH good vibrations to us. happy travels! xo, e

Jennifer said...

I love your fog pictures! Here in Seattle, a real good fog is rare and special.
Happy Trails.

Anonymous said...

Nadia, It would be so nice if you would just publish a book from your blog with the photo's and essays, you can call is "Musings from the Hill" or whatever YOU want. I would just love to have a place that I could go to, sit down and escape into snow, fog and nourishing thoughts!
Kathy

Dawn said...

I think it's certain type of person who appreciates fog and snow. It makes me feel kindred to you, because I love them too.

Have a wonderful time on your adventures!

xo

onesilentwinter said...

you guys are always so kind, always.

Preeti Dubey said...

Thanks for sharing such beautiful and heaven-like pictures. The roads lost in the fog look amazing. And last picture is my favourite ! please keep sharing.

Melanie Goad said...

These photos are so beautiful. Down here in the south it is so rare that we get snow that I have never experience the mixture of snow and fog--until now. Thank you.

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Dreamy Hill pics...praying for snow up on this hill....it's coming, I can smell it...

Sarah -x-

limestone columns said...

I love fog and snow. I like Vermont very much. xo
~ Herman Swan

Deb said...

Thank you for sharing this blog. I grew up in northeastern Vermont and now live in London. Your photos bring me right back. I remember those winters and the special light toward the end of the day. Happy journeys and I look forward to your return whenever. x

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Oh my ... As a Southern girl, I shiver just looking at your photos. Isn't it wonderful how there are different seasons for various parts of the globe? We have such mild winters here, and I love that about living in Southeast Texas, but I do enjoy the occasional bit of snow that comes our way every 10 or so years. I can't imagine it in such quantities though.

Your photos are lovely and tell a great story.

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

I love the fog and snow together too ..... we've had lots of fog here in Vancouver but rain seems to follow to close behind. I would love a little snow fall to quench my thirst of a pretty winter. Hope all is well with you. xo T.

Lune said...

With such gorgeous pictures to contemplate, days will pass quickly.
I am quite envious of your trips...

harga hp samsung said...

I remember those winters and the special light toward the end of the day.