MY MAGNIFICENT WINTER WONDERLAND
I’m back! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Sorry for the radio silence since before Christmas. As you may know, Brad and I took a cruise to Central America just before the holidays, returning just in time to welcome our entire family to Lake Arrowhead for a giant, week-long house party. However, I got the stomach flu on Christmas Day, and although I managed to pull myself together to cook and entertain, I remained feeling poorly for a full week. My illness, combined with all that was required of me to entertain a house full of all the people I love, prevented me from putting any effort into this blog. But I did take a lot of photos over the course of the holidays, and look forward to sharing with you many of the fun things we did in upcoming posts. I thought I’d start by showing you my magnificent winter wonderland here at our Lake Arrowhead home.
There is nothing more exciting than waking up on Christmas morning and peering out the window to a beautiful snowy landscape.
I am an early riser and am usually the first one up in our household. That was the case on Christmas morning so I took the opportunity to walk around my property and capture the beauty of early morning in these photos. Starting in the front yard, I love how the snow created what looks like a white woolen cap atop my courtyard light fixtures.
The cyrus trees struggled under the weight of the heavy snow…
and the fountain was nearly frozen.
Soon the boys would be awake and they’d be put to work shoveling the driveway.
Out on the back terrace snow clung to the string lights, filled the bird bath, and blanketed the iron chair.
The cedar trees that cover our property looked like flocked Christmas trees.
I love how beautiful my iron gate looks with snow clinging to it.
This pretty staircase leads to our back yard…
which was stunning all dressed in white.
Next I surveyed my vegetable garden, finding the greenhouse frozen over, and the birdbath half buried in snow.
It will be months before the wild lilac bushes come back to life.
My elderberry bush is taking a long winter’s nap. I’m hoping to make elderberry liquor next summer.
It’s hard to imagine summer here in my magnificent winter wonderland. But that’s OK, as I love every minute of winter, and so enjoy living in the 4 seasons.
So there you have it: MY MAGNIFICENT WINTER WONDERLAND
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