January 14, 2019

CELEBRATING WINTER - Quotes, Art & Folklore

and Enchanted Conversation is celebrating
with some quotes, art, and folklore!
Winter is the time of year when I'm inspired to read more, enjoy meals with family and friends on a cold night, walk in the snow, and dream by the fire. The season of winter has inspired beautiful art, tales, poetry, and song...so please enjoy some wintry ones I've picked out below to inspire you this season!

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'"
--  Lewis Carroll

10 Strange Signs Predicting a Hard Winter
  1. Woodpeckers sharing a tree
  2. Pigs gathering sticks
  3. Ants marching in a line rather than meandering
  4. "See how high the hornets nest, 'twill tell how high the snow will rest"
  5. Early arrival of crickets on the hearth
  6. Thick hair on the back of a cow's neck
  7. Raccoons with thick tails and bright bands
  8. Muskrats burrowing holes high on the river bank
  9. Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers
  10. 3 snowy owls flying overhead together during daylight hours

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home."  -Edith Sitwell  
Winter Reading Nook Goals
because it's a valid excuse to stay home when it's snowing 
to spend the day reading in a cozy nook...
"In the winter she curls up around a good book 
and dreams away the cold."
Ben Aaronovitch, "Broken Homes"
"There is no winter without snow, 
no spring without sunshine, 
and no happiness without companions."
-Korean Proverb

"Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer.
-Plutarch, Moralia  

Neuschwanstein Castle in Winter
This 19th-century palace, located in southwest BavariaGermany, has inspired many authors and artists with its fairy tale-style appearance. It has appeared prominently in several films through the years, as well as serving as the visual inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
"Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight:
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair."
-Minna Thomas Antrim
5 Soups to Warm the Winter Soul
Watch the recipe below:
"In January
it's so nice
while slipping
on the sliding ice
to sip hot chicken soup with rice.
Sipping once
Sipping twice."
-Maurice Sendak, In January

"The twelve months...
Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,
Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy."

-George Ellis

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   

He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.
Love of Winter, George Bellows, 1914

The Snow Queen, Charles Robinson

Winter Landscape, Iványi Grünwald Béla

The Dance of Winter and Gnomes, Arthur Rackham

Winter Bullfinches, Bruno Liljefors, 1891

Gerda and the Reindeer, Arthur Rackham

Storal Park, Julian Onderdonk, 1900s

December 22, 2018: the Cold Moon
January 21, 2019: the Wolf Moon
February 19, 2019: the Snow Moon

Check out EC's
A Winter's Rhapsody issue
Share what you love about this season 
in the comments section below!

EC's editor-in-chief, Amanda Bergloff, writes modern fairy tales, folktales, and speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, including Frozen Fairy Tales, After the Happily Ever After, and Uncommon Pet Tales.
Follow her on Twitter @AmandaBergloff
Check out her Amazon Author page HERE

1 comment:

Guy S. Ricketts said...

This is such a beautiful love letter to Winter, a comprehensive tribute to the season. Love all the beautiful images, quotes, and recipes (I will attempt all five in here by Winters end)! Even Robert Frost and Ella Fitzgerald show up to celebrate!