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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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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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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Comments

  • Candy Lombard

    Gorgeous photos of the snow. Thanks for sharing them, Celia. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  • Celia,
    You are so lucky to enjoy this beauty this time of year. No complaints from me since we have had seasonably cold weather and rain every week since Thanksgiving. For Southern California that is winter and I love it.
    You have my sympathy, last year at Thanksgiving I came down with a stomach flu that made eating impossible…bummer time to be sick. Glad you’ve recovered and I look forward to reading new posts.
    Karen

  • Mila Bassett

    I am so sorry to hear you were not well, Celia. Hope it’s over now.
    Thank you for taking the time to take and post the pictures–they are breathtaking. I miss living in a 4 season climate. I am in Texas, nowhere near snow. I grew up in Siberia though, and that was maybe too much cold and snow..but I do miss it.

  • Gerri

    Your beautiful photos look just like a winter wonderland! Thank you for sharing!

  • Thank you Gerri. Happy New Year!

  • Siberia!!!! OMG!!!! Well I guess you know what true cold is so I can see why you live in sunny Texas. The 4 seasons are really special though. I am feeling much better now but my poor husband is now suffering from it. We haven’t had the flu in years so I guess we can count ourselves lucky. Thanks for your kind comment and for following along Mila. Happy New Year!

  • Hi Karen, you know, I do feel very fortunate to get to live in this beautiful resort town that most people only get to enjoy on vacation. Yes, the flu is awful, however, the not eating part has one benefit, it goods for the loss of a couple of unwanted extra pounds. Always look on the bright side;)

  • Hi Candy, we miss you up here in beautiful Lake Arrowhead. Happy, happy New Year to you too my friend. XO

  • Sandee

    Celia I love your blog and the “winter wonderland” photos are beautiful!! I live in Virginia and I also love the 4 seasons [wouild be soo boring to have the same weather all the time] So about “the flue” my mother always told me that when you have good health you have everything!!! I don”t think we think to much about that until we do get sick. You have a beautiful home and family and I look forward to keep reading you interesting blog in 2017. Sandee- Fairfax Va.

  • Hi Sandee from Fairfax, VA. Thank you so very much for following my blog and for commenting to let me know you’re out there! I love hearing from my followers and very much appreciate you taking the time to comment. Virginia is a beautiful state and a place I visit often. I even have considered buying a second home there so I can be closer to my kids and grandchildren. I too could never give up the 4 seasons.