Dear Winter…

Dear Winter,

You and I are having a special relationship this year. Whereas normally I see a glimpse or two of you over the colder months, but only enough of you to know that we have slightly surpassed autumn, always longing to see more of you – this year, I have travelled to a place where I can see you in your glory.

Every snow flake, every icicle, every visible breath as I step outside into your cold yet enchanting air; feels like I’m getting to you know you better, Winter.

Whereas before, I’ve only see glances of you; like an unidentified shadow in the corner of your eye that vanishes as soon as you look too closely, now I am seeing you in your glory, where you, like autumn does by turning the trees to caramel and auburn, make your mark by turning everything in sight pure white, clean and beautiful.

Winter, you are truly stunning. And not in the usual use of the word. You quite literally stun me. Every morning looking outside my window and seeing you around me in a way I’ve only ever experienced in very small doses, I am quite literally stunned every single time I look out the window.

I am twitching to get a chance to strap on some skis and throw myself down the mountains up here, adrenalin pumping – surrounded by the most striking season there is. To be truly amongst the best you have to offer.

I have followed you to a place where you truly belong, and in a way it makes me feel like I’ve only ever really thought that I knew you, because the more time I spend surrounded by you in your element, the more I realise I hadn’t known you properly. I hadn’t known the beauty of every icy breeze, every perfectly detailed snowflake, every white topped mountain and every perfectly clear sheet of ice.
I hadn’t fully appreciated until now, how wonderful it is to sit inside, by a roaring fire and look out at your beauty, knowing the chill you have in store, and feeling even more cosy and comfortable knowing you are there.

I thought I knew you before, Winter, but the truth is, we are only properly meeting now, and what an acquaintance you are turning out to be!

R xx

A photo posted by Rosie Ladkin (@rosieladkin) on

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    December 1, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I love Winter ! My favourite season. I was born in December so maybe here teh reason why. Lovely post 🙂

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    December 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Winter really is a stunning time! I don't think there's anything more beautiful!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    Sarah Elizabeth
    December 1, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Oh that is so beautiful!! I love this post, and I love your thoughts on Winter. I have never experienced Winter like that, to be perfectly honest, and I was only thinking the other day how much I wish I could. Maybe I'll have to make sure that I'm in a good place to meet Winter next year. Thanks for the inspiration xx

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    Rachelle Waldon
    December 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    This is so lovely! I live in Minnesota, where we get a nice long winter with lots of snow that hangs on until March or even April, and I adore it. This year, though, I'll be spending a month of it in Bavaria, so I'm excited to see how it compares!

    Rachelle //

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    Josie Brownlee
    December 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    You write so beautifully like this, I love it. I'm glad you're enjoying France and all this cosiness by the fire with hot chocolates and mountains of beautiful snow outside is making me very jealous!

    JosieVictoriaa // // Lifestlye, Travel and Fashion

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    Natalie Horner
    December 9, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Beautifully written x

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    Sophie Blunt
    December 11, 2015 at 8:41 am

    So beautiful! I normally hate the snow but if I was living somewhere like this I must just fall in love with it! You are living in your very own narnia!! Enjoy every second xx

    Sophie xx

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