8 Dec 2012

on december 5th

two days ago as babe and papa napped,
I went off for a walk by myself,
a rare occurrence and a luxury -
feeling so light of heart and limb,
snow so thick, air so fresh.

I walked up the hill to the looking-tower,
I am a bit jittery with heights you see,
but I was determined to climb the stone stairs, spiralling,
step out on the balcony
and look out, down, across -
black forest, snow laden houses, city, chimneys,
footprints, car tracks, sun shining,
and I thought of one person
my sister
it was her birthday yesterday
and oh how I love that girl,
miss her all,
I whispered out my birthday wishes
from that black forest tower,
whispered and wished
for a strong wind to carry them home to her.

Then I stopped at the hillside cafe
for cake and hot chocolate
(in honour of Madeleine)
a moment to collect myself,
sketch, and gaze out at all the white,

Snow is mysterious to me -
More than anything, I love its
smooth-covering ways,
and brightness...


  1. Such peaceful stillness.

    Happy you got a little YOU time!

    Beautiful. XO

  2. These photos are making me miss the snow : /

  3. The snow I am so (oh so very) familiar with seems mysterious again, in your pictures.

    What a lovely excursion this looks to be. And that cake! So quintessentially German.

  4. more gorgeousness. Leaves me longing for the stillness snow brings!

  5. Precious moments. Happy Birthday to her! I saw her once at Fisher library and I felt like I met a part of you! :)
    Snow really is mysterious.

  6. LOvely pics! Belated birthday wishes to your sis! :)

  7. These "black and white' photos-almost-remind me of our days in Switzerland before we went to Congo. Crisp and cold before hot and steamy! These are beautiful, I love the tiny lone figure walking down below the slope.

  8. What beautiful snow!, It is so magic..


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