Winter’s Light

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.” – James Gates Percival

Fortified with a late cup of fragrant black tea, I headed out for an unexpected sunny walk – lately, an atmospheric river of tropical moisture hailing from the beautiful islands of Hawaii has been falling non-stop. The golden sun pierced through a bank of cumulus clouds revealing a turquoise sky and the air around me felt summer warm upon my face.

It takes more effort now to head outside, there are boots to put on, extra layers to wrap oneself in and an umbrella to carry, protection from the weeping sky. As fall slowly gives way to winter, a mantra begins to thrum through my veins, whispering words of reminder to seize every moment, rain or shine – just like the older gentleman I came across on a day the sun forgot to shine – heeding the rain, he still walks barefoot no matter the weather, a wild heart adding joy to a grey day.

Despite the imminent arrival of winter’s light after the earth’s long journey around the blazing sun, there are still lingering sepia-toned days to remind one of the darker days of autumn still unfolding. Before the light reaches its zenith, there is sparkle and glitter to behold as the city starts to put on its winter finery heralding the holiday season. This was in resplendent evidence one clear and cold night marred only by a few wispy clouds and periodic light rain. I found myself crossing off a December wish list activity as I met up with my Aussie friend at the entrance to the Vancouver Christmas Market down by the sea at Coal Harbour (located near the 2010 Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza). I had been to the previous location when it was held downtown but was hoping to check out the new venue this year, with over 75 huts to explore, we could hardly wait to wander! With lovely live music playing on the new Flying Stage we leisurely wound our way through the various vendor’s huts marveling at all the beautiful decorations and gifts for sale and as I looked up into the night sky, I noticed that even the moon came out to play among her celestial neighbours casting her own bright light upon the colourful lights all around. With the smell of good German cooking scenting the air, we even took time to buy a hot meal to eat in the heated Alpine Haus at communal tables overlooking the North Shore – Amanda chose a beef goulash bread bowl and I chose a vegan potato bread bowl, they were delicious and warmed us right up! Afterwards we checked out the 30 foot tall Walk-In Christmas Tree and found ourselves dazzled by the bright twinkling lights, it was blinding and other-worldly all at once. The evening ended with a walk upon the lighted pier at Canada Place, a free exhibit of icy whiteness drawing one towards a bonsai garden draped in twinkling ropes of light with a giant light sculpture of a moose to greet us at the end of our walk through a winter wonderland so beautiful, it filled my heart with winter’s light dispelling any darkness left by autumn’s dying days.

More West Coast weather, this time it’s fog as seen from our apartment overlooking Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.)!

Waiting for the sun to break through the fog at the Rowing Club located in Coal Harbour near Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

Hallelujah! After not seeing the sun for days, this shot of Vancouver’s city skyline says it all (Vancouver, B.C.)!



About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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43 Responses to Winter’s Light

  1. Shirley says:

    The lightness and light , dispelling the fog we have been having cheers me up. Wish I was there to capture the smell of German cooking, mulled wine, bringing back our wonderful times we were posted to Europe. Love the pictures.
    Love Mom

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    • Thanks, Mom! I wish you could experience the new venue, too, it’s so much better than the downtown location – there’s room to wander and take time to get to know the vendors. And the lights…they brighten up the night and leave one dreaming of the beauty of the season!


  2. Jim says:

    loved the pics. now I’m reminded of the European Christmas Markets with all of their smells and sounds and sights. ugh!

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  3. Such lovely imageries you paint here. An amazing narrative along with beautiful pics.

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  4. markmkane says:

    Loved the small shout out about Hawaii Kimberlee; also loved the title “Winter’s Light”. It’s almost like a contrast. Winter can be cold, dark and miserable but I loved how you talked about the warm aspects of experiences that drum up in your mind. I especially liked the part of when you met up with your friend and simply talked about your time together. Pleasantly surprised that this post turned out to be such a warm and lovely piece.

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  5. Lovely to read about your updates. I have just completed my last Christmas Fair yesterday. I took a table at five – small local ones, which are fun. I shall be taking an extended rest over Christmas with no blogging. Wishing you a lovely festive season and a great year ahead.

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    • When I first started to blog, my notes were for my lovely neighbour Huguette, it’s funny how my words have grown to become notes sent out all over the world…I’m so glad you enjoy reading them, it warms my heart! I hope you have a lovely respite over the holidays and I’ll be looking forward to reading more from your part of the world in the new year!

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  6. As I always say, you can make even a dreary bleak winter day seem beautiful with your words, Kim. Hope this winter brings in a lot of happiness wrapped up in the joy of festivities. Enjoy!

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  7. Aakansha says:

    I love reading your posts.
    You rent beauty to words.

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  8. It is so beautiful when the sun appears through the Winter fog and I love all the smells from the Christmas market – this is such a blessed time of year. Thank you for sharing and taking us on this magical journey ☺💖 xxx


  9. michnavs says:

    Its a magical journey Kim…thank you for bringing us with you..i could imagine the sun shining out over the foggy beautiful is that?..
    Winter stories and winter poems really lights yp my mood you know we don’t get to experience it here..

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  10. Quirky Girl says:

    The fog in that first photo adds an incredible layer of depth to an already majestic scene. Sure, fog is no fun to drive in… but it’s such a mystical element of nature. ☺

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    • We don’t have any snow yet but seeing the fog roll in from the sea and swirl around the tall buildings of the city makes me think of winter – I love the word you used to describe fog, “mystical”, thank you as ever for stopping by & commenting!

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  11. I have to get up to Vancouver soon. It sounds wonderful. A walk-in Christmas tree?! How delightful is that! Great photos, Kim. Merry Winter and enjoy the coming holidays.

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    • You would enjoy your visit…I just came home from a lovely afternoon filled with design, architecture and music…our city is showcasing so much more culture these days that it’s sometimes hard to choose what venue to explore! Thank you for stopping by to have a read and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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  12. Beautiful description… your words are poetic! And the photos lovely! Love this.

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  13. davidprosser says:

    Beautiful post.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  14. I’m new here but already a fan of your prose (and the photos)!

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  15. Elorm Yankah says:

    Beautiful pictures. looks very cold though! I’m having a very warm December here in Ghana

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  16. I love that first foggy-valley photo. Very nice!

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