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A Winter's Walk

Posted on March 03, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

Prince Edward Island Winter quote

Do you dread winter? To be honest, sometimes I do. The cold temperatures, the shovelling, the storms, the treacherous driving. I could go on. Do you know what though? Over the last couple of years, something in me has started changing. My dread is melting into appreciation. My life is quite busy in the spring, summer, and fall. When the snow comes, the busyness subsides. Like nature, I have a few months to hibernate. To slow down, to rest, to dream, to plan for the next season. Winter has become a gift for my family and I. We get to reconnect, explore, sip tea by the fireplace. I love the hustle of the summer and the beauty it brings. But there is something incredibly profound about moving with nature's pace. Of course, there's no pause button in life, but winter is an invitation for me to smell the roses (figuratively of course, as all of our rose bushes are buried in snow!). As I've adopted this slower pace of life ushered in with the snow, I've began to see the beauty of winter in nature. The other morning I woke early and was enjoying a steaming pot of tea. I glanced out our kitchen window and saw one of the most stunning sunrises. It was so simple, but so life giving.

PEI Winter Sunrise

Many of you've experience Prince Edward Island in the summer and fall. It's gorgeous, right?! PEI tends to get a bad rep in the winter months, but let me tell you it's all rubbish. Our Island is a whimsical place even when it's buried in 10 feet of snow! I mean, just look at this view from just behind our restaurant over looking River Clyde. 

PEI Winter Gardens of Hope

A few weeks ago, after a snowfall, our talented graphic designer, Katherine, wandered around The Gardens of Hope captured these stunning winter photos! 

Prince Edward Island Winter Gardens of Hope

 Prince Edward Island Winter Gardens of Hope

Prince Edward Island Winter Gardens of Hope

Prince Edward Island Winter

Prince Edward Island Winter

Prince Edward Island Winter

Prince Edward Island WInter

Prince Edward Island Winter

 

Prince Edward Island Winter

 

Prince Edward Island Winter

Prince Edward Island Winter

 Maybe you live in a place that never sees snow or maybe you live in a place that sees more snow than you'd care to mention. Whatever your experience, I hope you can embrace the beauty each season graces us with!

“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

11 Comments

Marlene

Posted on June 01, 2017

I love this post. Your words are so true and remind us of the blessings in all seasons! I’m happy to have stumbled across your website, and suspect I will be enjoying it for many reasons. Thank you!

Claire Hachey

Posted on May 23, 2017

All the beauty of winter on the Island. Amazing photos!

Connie Hanlon

Posted on May 20, 2017

Such a beautiful photo!

Sharon Randall

Posted on April 15, 2017

Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos!

Barbara Bovaird

Posted on March 05, 2017

Beautiful Photos – I love winter, to be honest. And these photos capture what I love about it most!

Viwilson

Posted on March 05, 2017

Lovely pictures! It,s my favourite place on PEI

Darlene

Posted on March 04, 2017

Thank you for sharing your words of comfort and the very stunning photos. It brought me much joy. And Happiness. We are blessed to have such a compassionate kind loving person in you Bruce. Thank you again. Darlene

Sandi Doiron

Posted on March 04, 2017

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing with us. Hi to Shirley

Pat Faulkner

Posted on March 04, 2017

These are beautiful! I hope to be able to do oil paintings of some. Just lovely!

Sharon Montgomery

Posted on March 04, 2017

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures. A truly beautiful winter wonderland.

Melanie Taormina

Posted on March 04, 2017

Thank you so much for this beautiful post. Deeply appreciated!

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