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The Pancake Chronicles: wonderland

The Pancake Chronicles

Monday, December 18, 2006


All the trees are like this right now and have been for weeks.

Each day it becomes more beautiful. Layer upon layer of frost and snow like twice as much icing on Christmas cake. It's virtually impossible to convey. Shades of grey and white, so lovely in real life, tend to dull and flatten behind a camera. Would that I could warmly transport all of you to see it with me! I feel I live inside a fairy tale. The sky in the palest shades of flannel and butter yellow. The other morning I was waiting at the bus stop. The sun hadn't risen but night was fading and the trees literally seemed to glow, casting light and making shadows. It was breathtaking. Eery, silvery, breathy, icicly.


Blogger villagegirl said...

OH my, I have such envy! I could stare at trees like that for hours! I'd like be beamed over to your corner of the world for a day. :)

18 December 2006 at 13:05  
Blogger Sonya said...

So beautiful.

18 December 2006 at 15:02  
Blogger Kori said...

That is so amazing. I wish I could see it in real life. I am imagining the glitter of the ice.

18 December 2006 at 20:56  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

I absolutely love, love, LOVE hoar frost. It's one of my favourite things about winter.

Dull though photos may be, they still look great!

19 December 2006 at 00:28  
Blogger Dickie Chick said...

oooooooo! I love the photos.
So dreamy, so beautiful!

19 December 2006 at 09:23  
Blogger Rachel said...

I love the snow on trees. When it snows here it's only pretty to me while the snow sticks to the trees. Once it's gone it's just not the same.

19 December 2006 at 14:16  
Blogger Koala Bear said...

I agree with you on the beauty of the snow and frost coverered trees that can be seen all around us...I was going to post similar pictures on my blog too, but hadn't gotten around to it.

19 December 2006 at 19:06  
Blogger Colleen said...

Thanks guys! I really do wish you could see it with me. Yesterday I went for a walk down by one of the lakes and I couldn't wipe the grin off my face. I was snapping pictures left, right and left of centre. It was awesome. I had my snowpants on, too and snowpants ALWAYS make me happy. I can't even write "snowpants" without smiling. (It's true.) Every day I feel like I'm in sort of land in Middle Earth or Narnia. After complaining about the weather for so long it feels good to finally let go of it and enjoy what surrounds me. Most of the time.

20 December 2006 at 12:08  
Blogger Aakanksha said...

I miss snowy winter. And you're right the beauty has a magical, captivating effect.

20 December 2006 at 12:54  
Blogger Betsy77 said...

Amazing~ reminds me of Narnia.
Which I think we will watch over the holidays. We saw it last winter- and have never watched our dvd yet! Ahhhhhhh to find time.

21 December 2006 at 08:46  
Blogger Monky said...

I have been remiss! I tried to leave a comment last week, but the beta bit again. Let me say that I like the new title and look of your blog.

The pictures in this post are beautiful (and cold-looking). Don't you love finding beauty in so many different ways and places?

I hope you have warmth in your heart (and your hands) this Christmas!

21 December 2006 at 13:30  
Blogger Colleen said...

Akkie! What's Christmas like where you are when it's all warm and such? What are your traditions? Do you celebrate Christmas? With us North Americans being so fixated on having a white Christmas it's hard to imagine throwing another shrimp on the barbie and working on one's tan. :) Being just shy of the Arctic Circle a white magical Christmas is just a given for me and I love it.

Sug! Yes, it's Narnia minus the White Witch. In fact, Mr. Tumnus and I are having tea a little later this aft. Do come join us!

Fudge! Yes the Beta bites ... worse than it barks, too. Thanks re: the new header and title. It was fun to do and I have a feeling I'll get the itch to do it again. Sometime I'll have to explain zee meaning behind the title - it's silly in a way but it has deepness for me, too (surprise, surprise). Speaking of which ... I have indeed been surprised this year by finding beauty in strange places. It's like having the best kind of secret. Happy Yule and Christmas and love to you, Fudgie and your WHOLE family. I love all of you so.

23 December 2006 at 16:10  
Blogger Colleen said...

SUG! Here's a hint about something ... look at the airplane that flies over The Pancake Chronicles. There is a new candy cane for you.

23 December 2006 at 16:15  
Anonymous Susan H said...

"After complaining about the weather for so long it feels good to finally let go of it and enjoy what surrounds me. Most of the time." (This is from your comment above)
Colleen, did you used to complain about what you now find beautiful? Or did you not have this beauty and therefore complained about it? Or____ Would love to know!
I find beauty in the virgin snow that has been untouched my man and man's machine (like cars). I think if I'd hang around with you I could fall in love with winter, snow, cold. Where I live (Midwest) most of the time it is simply cold, stark, and brown around here. Snow comes and goes. Newly fallen snow has such a peace, a purity about it. I can't help but be drawn out into it and experience it. If I lived in a snowy area I'd own a pair of snow shoes.

31 December 2006 at 08:42  
Anonymous Susan H said...

I just read your Dec 4th post and I think I understand now what you are saying about complaining about the weather and now simply enjoying what surrounds you. I think that post answered my question. Am I right?. :-)

31 December 2006 at 08:59  
Blogger Colleen said...

Hi Susan! Yes, that post answers your question. I used to complain about the beauty that surrounded me because ... I didn't see it, I guess. I still complain sometimes. I'm a piece of work in progress. :) In the north it often feels like you can't get something good without paying for it in another way and I've gotten bitter and grumpy (childishly so) over that many times. For instance it is often windy here. I notice it especially in the summer. I'm not a big fan of harsh wind. Our summer is so short I would just like to enjoy a sunny wind-free day. But! There are hordes of bugs here in the summer. If you get a day that isn't windy expect to be bugged. So it's the winds or the bugs, people, either way you're going to pay. In the winter in general if it's "warmer" it's cloudy. If you want to see a crisp blue sky that means it will be very cold. So it's the clouds or the cold, which would you like? Pay up. It seems to be that way with so many things. It's a harsh land. I've had conversations with God about it where I'm like "Okay, God. You made the world. There is something here that is YOU, that shows a part of who You are that no other place does. 1)I don't want to miss out 2)What is it? Where do I look? How do I look?" That's made a huge difference for me because I'm starting to perceive the land around me through the character of God - trying to see His personality here. Having just begun to do this it has ... expanded my world in a major way. I feel like the doors have been blown off in my awareness in who God is and how MASSIVE He is. I feel like I'm in 1st Grade learning how to spell "cat". It's crazy.

And that's the short answer. :)

1 January 2007 at 11:51  
Anonymous Captain Cat said...

Ok,this is a little bit late in the year to be commenting on something you wrote nine months ago, but I have only just discovered your blog and am going through them all (when really I should be working). Anyway, I just wanted to say this is quite the most beautiful description winter I have ever read. Actually Colin Thubron does a good job as does Dostoevsky... but as far as bloggers go, you're a pretty great find (maybe Dostoevsky was a secret blogger too...).

31 August 2007 at 07:46  

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