Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I’m living in some sorts of a dream; as if walking outside my body… do I really live here? Have I stumbled down the rabbit hole into some magical world? I’m I lost?

Of course, those are just words... words I have chosen to describe how I’m feeling these days; for I haven’t been my usual self lately. In fact, it is the customary at this time of year. Winter does that to you; and I require a drop of sunshine; warmth to comfort the soul and a little flower or two… and thus, it’s like walking through fog these days; feet slowly moving forward, arms and hands parting branches and shrubbery in coolness so deep, I shiver.

Walking the solitary garden is like walking the mystical landscape of poetry, and I’m unconsciously reminded of Ann Bronte and her soulful writings… and my heart is “like a sensitive plant that opens for a moment in the sunshine, but curls up and shrinks into itself at the slightest touch of the finger, or the lightest breath of wind”.

So I’ve bought me a red blouse to cheer me up. Generally I would not wear red. Red is not precisely my color, but it sets off balance in the whiteness and barrenness of winter. Red is definitely one of the colors of winter, and I should wear it more often. Tesa and I had so much fun last week at the mall trying on all sorts of pretty things. We laughed and shared secrets as we tried out the perfect lipstick shades and played games and even run a bit hand in hand through the isles when nobody was looking… We tried many a handsome hat too, but we thought these red ones looked supper cool on us!

So I’m in the garden now. And there’s a cold wind sweeping over the old roses, nature basks in the ices of January, but something larger than myself had pulled me out here… I needed to be here...

Daylight is but fleeting moments these days. I find this most distressing to the spirit. By mid-afternoon the special slant of grayish-yellowish light that comes only this time of year would settler over the tall grasses that grow along the old buildings across my office. As they take on a deeper amber hue I’m reminded that the day is almost over. It is a race against time then; a race against darkness, because I yearn to be in the garden; feel it, live in it; be delimited by it; and I know I wont be fulfilling that need for yet another day. It is hard leaving home when it’s dark and returning to it when it’s already dark.

Birds are fugitives of the landscape as well. Maybe they prefer to stay wrapped up indoors… wherever that might be? Bird feeders and food stations are brimming with all sorts of special goodness, but I haven’t seen a bird in weeks, and I have started to believe that maybe the menacing figure of this imposing owl that I so love, because it gives such a sense of peace and mystic to the winter garden, might have something to do with such an unfortunate occurrence... for I truly miss my little friends.

If there’s one thing I love about winter is the magic of birds; old and new feathered friends gathering in the center of the sleepy garden as it slowly awakes from the slumber of a wintry day with their joyful twirling ... Birds are such happy little souls… and I so miss them! I’m thinking maybe I should cheer up the garden with some silk roses—such pitiful contrast in the dead of winter…

I know, this might not work for the birds, but it certainly is putting a smile on my face… ;)

It is getting late and I must get in… magic swirls all around me and again, the sky seems to be on fire.

No drama; not the slightest alteration on any of these photographs; that is just how the sky was when I took them. Here in our valley we are blessed with the most magical and amazing sunsets during the cold months. Twilight is certain a magical time in winter; which by the way, if you want… if you really really want and try your best for a positive attitude, it can truly be a magical season. Yes, I’d have to remind myself of that often! ;)

Oh oh I almost forgot! I have a very interesting and strange tale of sorts to tell you, but that’s going to take me another full post, so I best share it with you next time… For now, I just want to say thank you for blessing me with your friendships and kind words all year through… If you are new here at The house in the roses, I’d like to say WELCOME! I truly hope you will find something here that inspires you. Please stay awhile, and take time to smell the roses! Well, maybe not now; but I'm sure you can wait until May! ;)


  1. It's always a pleasure to look at your pictures.

  2. Your little shopping buddy is a cutie....I can see why you had so much fun :o) Our flower gardens look so sad right now but I keep telling myself spring will be here soon enough :o)
    Happy New Year!!!

  3. I feel the same way when winter arrives, but soon it will be Spring and things will get better. Just enjoy the Sun when it comes out. Love the pictures you posted.

  4. Cielo,as it is scorching hot here down under,it is very refreshing to come over and see your beautiful Winter post. The sky's are magical.
    xx jeanetteann

  5. My family loved that picture of you and Tesa.I already have it in her room.. It is her favorite as well! She misses you very much and cant wait to see your beautiful garden and "her" pink room again! Sending love and hugs!

  6. You are still surrounded by beauty even now!It is good to know the days are getting longer and soon you will be out enjoying your beautiful garden again,
    Little Tesa is a cutie and I love her pink room.

    Wishing you all the best for the new Year!

  7. Beautiful write, Cielo, once again.

    I need lots of light, too. The spring flowers are poking thru, the roses have new growth ... I can hardly wait to garden once again, tho I am sure winter will nip this in the bud soon.

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~

  8. Just being here, seeing your beautiful photos, transports me immediately to May! I love your blog! The sunsets are amazing here as well. Blessings from Bama!

  9. ''ramblings'' of a muse is never anything less than pure inspiration. the photos are wonderful too. Thanks for being another who keeps me reminded of magic! Lady


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