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I Love Winter

Updated on November 7, 2014

What I Love About Winter

So its officially winter where I live in UK. Winter is the end of the year the seeing out of the old and the welcoming in of the New Year It embodies Christmas, New Year, in the UK Cold days and shorter hours of daylight, cosy fires and wonderful winter woollies to wear!

Winter can be harsh and winter can be beautiful. We can have glorious bright cold sunny days or fog and cloud and rain. Ice and snow has its own peculiar beauty along with its problems for us. Many of our plants and trees lose their leaves and colour yet if we look, other things take their place. If things sometimes look dead and lifeless look a little close and you will see the promise of new life still to come, only resting....

While it is not my best time of year, I can find lots to like about it. Sometimes we have to work hard to see what we love about winter and I want to celebrate this season. Here I explore what Winter is about for me.

Please bear in mind that I am building this page gradually -More updates and photos as we go through Winter!

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Wonderful Winter Scenes - Chilly winter

Winter Wonderlands: 150+ Classic Winter Scene Reproductions
Winter Wonderlands: 150+ Classic Winter Scene Reproductions
Gorgeous winter scenes to enjoy the real beauty of winter.

Scenic Winter

Winter can be beautiful and have many spectacular scenes.

Its icy stillness has a strange kind of loveliness that is all its own.

Winter scenes can be very magical and special. This book depicts some wonderful sights to appreciate.

Indeed there is a winter wonderland.

Vivaldi "Four Seasons Winter"

I Love listening to Vivaldi and I think this is beautiful reflection on winter. To me it embodies some of the haunting melody that surrounds our wintertime.

You may find it lovely to listen to this as you look through the rest of the page.

Vivaldi -Winter

Winter At Home

One Of the things I love about Winter is that when it gets dark so early-by 4pm where I live- I like to snuggle up at home with my warm PJ's on , a big mug of hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine depending on my mood and snuggle up with our big furry blankets to watch a great film.

Of course we have the fire roaring and the flames are soothing and warming. I always have candles lit in winter, it just adds a glow and warming feeling to out home. Essentially we lock the door and are cocooned in our warm as toast home :)

Winter roof and trees scene


Jasmine In The Snow


A Winter Poem

All the complicated details

of the attiring and

the disattiring are completed!

A liquid moon

moves gently among

the long branches.

Thus having prepared their buds

against a sure winter

the wise trees

stand sleeping in the cold.

William Carlos Williams

Heavy snow in garden


Winter Candle Selection - When the nights are cold light a candle!

When you adore candles as much as I do Winter is a great time to enjoy the rich scents of these winter candles.

It is an evening ritual for me to choose and light a candle and it looks so very lovely and the scents are beautiful!

I do find it difficult to choose a favourite -though I think the Ivory candle depicted here may be just has the edge!

You will need to see which you like best for your home. Winter candles make great gifts as well.

Vibrant Winter Colour


Winter Lantern


Winter outdoors

When you have a dog you are outside in winter more than most. What I have missed since Goldie passed away is the winter walks we used to take....Admittedly I used to moan a little about going out in the cold but you know once out there in the fresh air and all wrapped up in lovely layers with a bounding dog at your feet, it felt good to be walking and getting good exercise.

I also noticed more about the changing face of nature and seeing the woodland creatures that are around in winter, the stunning starkness of bare branches silouetted against the sky and the amazing tenacity of the few flowers that captured this time as their own. We often had the fields to ourselves in mid winter and except for a few other dogwalkers it was peaceful and calm.

A Snowy Road In Deep Mid Winter!


This winter of Jan 2010 has been particularly severe for us and a lot of roads have been impassible. We are just not used to the heavy and persistent snow that fell.

Gritters could not get every minor road and this was one result!

We could make it down our road to get to the main roads but sometimes felt where is the road!!

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Beautiful Snowy laurel


Here is our laurel quite heavy with snow. As it is evergreen it is a lovely sight in the garden when most plants and trees have lost their leaves. The little birds love it too!

Stark Yet Stunning Bare Branches in Snow


In The Bleak Mid Winter

One of the things I love about Winter is the slowing down of the season and the haunting mellowness of it all. I think this song, the images and its mood for me, sums it all up beautifully.

Christmas At Home

Love Being Home For Christmas

I Love being at home for Christmas. I doesn't really matter to me if it is just a quiet time just me and hubby or whether we have family and friends as guests for dinner or for the whole week! We have done it differently over the years and I just like it.

We have also spent Christmas away from home with family and that is lovely too.

As we have family and friends all over the world one of the things is that we cannot all get together at Chritmas and that means a lot of international phone calls that day!! It is also lovely to give and receive pressies and it is great when those international parcels arrive!

This one from my wonderful friend in US was especially lovely as she had hand made a quilt for us! A truly treasured gift :)

Mostly for me it is a time to chill out, eat nice food and retreat from the pressures of the world, spending time with people I love. Crisp winter walks, warm mulled wine, the pleasure of giving and receiving gifts. The lovely Christmas dinner, I even enjoy preparing that and I adore decorating our home to make it look special and inviting at this time when we have the shortest of days.

Christmas Pressies From Abroad!

Christmas Pressies From Abroad!
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Nature at rest in winter

Hibernating Nature

I always find it stunning to see the outline of bare branches against a crisp winter sky. There is something hauntingly beautiful about it.

Many things can look dead in winter yet they are not. It is like they are just watching and waiting for the time to be right.

Some of the familiar creatures hibernate and rest. I sometimes wonder if we should do the same sometimes, instead of rushing around our busy lives, should we too take some time to watch, recuperate and heal?

Winter Magnolia


In winter many trees lose their leaves and our magnolia loses (nearly ) every one. It looks quite dead yet up close there is already the promise of new life in the buds and the gorgeous vibrancy and colour that is to come not too far away...

Winter Watch Animals And Nature In Winter UK

Birds In Winter

One of my great pleasures in the winter is to feed the birds. I just love it when they fly in and twitter at me as I fill up the feeders then almost as soon as I am gone swoop down to feed. They love all kinds of seeds and nuts but probably adore the sunflower seeds the most-they are the ones which go most quickly anyway!

We also have a birdbath which is much used all year round. It is important in winter to go out daily and check that it is still useable as it can ice up very quickly. Recently I had to bash through several inches of ice there as the birds could not drink at all.

I am always so grateful to the birds as when for a year I could barely move with my back pain I could watch the birds and they kept me sane on long days alone when my husband was out at work.

Birds are incredibly entertaining in the winter time and I love to see that first cheeky Robin!

Bird Bath In The Snow!


I think our bird bath looks quite pretty in the snow. However it is not much use to the birds like this so we went out , cleared it and put fresh water in. As it was icing up every few hours we had to repeat the process often...but it was worth it to see the birds happy :)

Feeding Birds In The Snow!!


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Heritage Farms 7533 Absolute Squirrel Proof Wild Bird Feeder -

Feed The Birds

This one is good to protect from foraging squirrels!

It is one of life' little pleasures to be able to feed the birds in winter and watch them as they fly and feed and interact with each other.

As time goes by they will get more used to the feeder and to you and it is simply enjoyable to while away a few minutes, or hours each day watching the birds !

Feed the birds throughout winter, particularly this year they could not get to the food they normally eat so bird feeders are truly a lifesaver....

Very Important To Feed Birds In Winter.


Winter Berries Are Also Important For The Birds

Winter Berries
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Bird Prints In The Snow!


When snow has fallen overnight and is crisp and untouched it looks so beautiful.

Even better is when you see signs of nature having visited near our home!

Winter clothing

I love the soft, fluffy warm winter clothing. For me the softer the better. From warm wooly jumpers to faux fur hats and gloves, to fluffy socks and warm jammies this is what wearing clothes is all about!!

Then of course there is the more glamourous side of winter clothing the perfect dress for that evening out to dinner ,that special party , maybe a special outfit for Christmas day or New Years eve party. A chance to dress up and glam it up !!

Black Cat Full Animal Hood Hoodie Hat Faux Fur 3 in 1 Function Paw Mittens Gloves

We All Need A Winter Hat And Gloves!

We need to look after ourselves too in winter and one f the fun things is we get to wear all those amazing woolly hats , scarves and gloves.

No reason to be boring you can really have fun with this winter gear !

I think you will be toasty warm in one of these!!

Hardy Snowdrops.

Snowdrops are hardy, valiant little flowers who even in the midst of freezing snow bloom their little hearts out. You have to admire their resilience!

They are here for such a short time and are a beautiful sight to see. I look forward to them every year.

Snowdrops In The Snow!


Gardening And Wildlife Throughout The Seasons On Facebook Community Page

If you like gardening and wildlife we would Love to see you down at

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There is something lovely about having a cosy winter chat by the fireplace when its cold and dark outside. Feel free to leave a comment or two here if you enjoyed this reflection on winter.

© 2008 RaintreeAnnie

Winter Chats-What Do You Think Of Winter?

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    • RaintreeAnnie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      I cannot imagine temperatures of -50C . Yes I think winter can be beautiful too in its own way. I do prefer a nice short winter though! I agree with you though not ready for winter quite yet !

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      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I know many people don't like winter and I can't say it's my favourite season, but I enjoy all the seasons including winter. In Canada, I've experienced temperatures -50 degrees Celsius when I lived up in northern Ontario and it was good experience. I love the beauty of winter too, but I'm not quite ready for winter yet. I'm enjoying Fall! :)

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      8 years ago

      Gorgeous pictures.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      8 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Another beautiful lens.

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      9 years ago

      Very lovely Lens, beautiful photography and Videos, thank you for sharing!

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      Barb McCoy 

      10 years ago

      Love your winter lens. I will be adding it to my favorites, lensrolling, and blessing.

      ***Blessed by an Angel***

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      10 years ago

      Beautifully done! Winter is my favorite season. I feel a bit robbed living in a warm winter State but hold dear my memories of winters past :)

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      10 years ago

      You know, I surely do love WINTER when it is presented so marvelously in pictures ... such as these heavenly ones! Let the sun shine in ..............

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! I looooove the winter! It is so much fun!

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      littlelu lm 

      10 years ago

      I love winter too! Just like you I love to snuggle up in warm blankets, sip hot chocolate and watch movies.

      Great lens! Blessed By A Squid Angel :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Winter looks beautiful with fresh snow, but I hate it. I live in a snow belt. Nice lens.

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      10 years ago

      I love winter .. I love this lense .. It's so COOL!! Thumbs up for you :) Happy Winter Day!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      We get snow here, but you also plant the pansies in November and a snow fall covering them for a few days makes them thrive!

      My goal is to be snowed in two weeks a year where I don't have to go any place and have my computer and cable working, then have it all go away

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      10 years ago from US

      We haven't had any snow yet this year, but I'm sure it's coming. Beautiful winter pics here--cute and cozy!

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      10 years ago

      I love the pictures on your sites...especially the calming effect of them! My fondest memories are of playing hockey on a frozen ice pond! Yes I do love Winter!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I know a lot of people don't like winter much, but like you said, there is something special about winter as well. I like all the seasons, but Fall is my favourite. I've lived in very hot climates and experienced +50 degrees Celsius and here in Canada, I've experienced -50 degrees Celsius. I like the beauty of winter and winter makes me look forward to life, that is, Spring. We had quite a mild winter in 2010 and I spent a good 5 weeks in Goa, India, so I felt like there wasn't a winter at all. Beautiful lens and I enjoyed Vivaldi...**Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      11 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Beautiful lens on winter and love your snowy photos. We are having a mild winter without snow at lower levels but it's still damp and cold. Best Wishes for 2010!

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      11 years ago

      Lovely winter lens! Blessed by an angel!

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      12 years ago

      These are wonderful reasons to love winter, and good reminders when all we can do is complain about the cold! Welcome to the Four Seasons group!

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 

      12 years ago

      Welcome to the Winter and Snow group!

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      Yvonne L B 

      12 years ago from Covington, LA

      Beautiful lens. We rarely get snow, but when we do it is very special. Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens link to the appropriate plexo and vote for it.

    • RaintreeAnnie profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from UK

      Thank you for your lovely comments Graceonline, I appreciate that. Yes I have Vivaldi on my other seasons lenses, I have just updated them today! I have taken note of what you said and moved Vivaldi to the top in case anyone else would like to have it playing as they read- great idea thankyou :)

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      Kathryn Grace 

      12 years ago from San Francisco

      Did I miss Vivaldi on the other lenses? Wish it had been at the top to listen to all the way through! Another gorgeous lens, and so glad to see you celebrating winter, which can be rather glorious, long as one is warm and toasty. Of course, a little frosty blush to the cheeks and nose can be quite invigorating during a walk in the woods on a snowy eve. Thank you for another lovely interlude in a busy workday.


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