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.

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There is nothing more exciting than waking up on Christmas morning and peering out the window to a beautiful snowy landscape.

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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.

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The cyrus trees struggled under the weight of the heavy snow…

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and the fountain was nearly frozen.

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Soon the boys would be awake and they’d be put to work shoveling the driveway.

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Out on the back terrace snow clung to the string lights, filled the bird bath, and blanketed the iron chair.

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MY MAGNIFICENT WINTER WONDERLAND | Lake Arrowhead, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY MAGNIFICENT WINTER WONDERLAND | Lake Arrowhead, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

The cedar trees that cover our property looked like flocked Christmas trees.

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I love how beautiful my iron gate looks with snow clinging to it.

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This pretty staircase leads to our back yard…

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which was stunning all dressed in white.

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MY MAGNIFICENT WINTER WONDERLAND | Lake Arrowhead, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

MY MAGNIFICENT WINTER WONDERLAND | Lake Arrowhead, California | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Next I surveyed my vegetable garden, finding the greenhouse frozen over, and the birdbath half buried in snow.

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It will be months before the wild lilac bushes come back to life.

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My elderberry bush is taking a long winter’s nap. I’m hoping to make elderberry liquor next summer.

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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.

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So there you have it: MY MAGNIFICENT WINTER WONDERLAND

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All opinions expressed in this post are my own. All photos are the original property of Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com and may not be reproduced without specific permission.

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