Deep Winter

The mind is not a vessel that needs filling but wood that needs igniting.” – Plutarch – On Listening

Snow hasn’t quite fallen yet but the scents of winter make an appearance in both my mother’s kitchen and mine lately, filling our homes with warming spices as homemade soup bubbles away on stovetop and counter.

Spring-like temperatures and sunshine have nudged delicate white snowdrops and hardy crocuses from their beds, their early arrival making way for creamy camellia and pale pink cherry blossoms. A swathe of bright yellow daffodils have laid claim to a hillside down by the ocean creating a postcard setting rivalling any day in a spring yet to come.

There seems to be a reluctance to let go of December’s sparkle and glitter – amid murmured gasps at the Vancouver Art Gallery’ first fashion exhibit, Guo Pei: Beyond Couture, I walked through rooms filled with posing mannequins draped in fairy-tale gowns meticulously embroidered with metallic floss and sewn with the finest Swarovski crystals, their slim silhouettes casting magical shadows upon the walls, some wearing crowns on their heads like ancient Arthurian queens. Mingling among eager young fashion students and the many who couldn’t stop taking pictures, one lone woman took careful notes at the feet of each mannequin as I belatedly realized my own notebook was still at home, leaving me hopeful that my memory of this enchanting afternoon would find its way onto waiting pages. After all the glorious colour and shine, we were treated to a gallery wall screening of Guo Pei’s opulent designs – as each lovely model walked down the darkling runway, gasps from the art gallery’s patrons continued, leaving me with a feeling that the festive days of December had indeed lingered on.

This year could well be a winter without snow but with several weeks yet before the turning of a new season, this remains to be seen – a recent walk through the damp and moss draped forest revealed newly unfurled spring green ferns amid bushes still heavy with pearl-like snowberries. A sweet silence greeted us, broken only by the call of a lone raven among the gentle sounds of grazing chickadees foraging upon the forest floor, deep winter casting its hypnotic spell, weaving a different but no less wonderful world.

A swathe of brave daffodils captured near English Bay (Vancouver, B.C.), a postcard in the making that made our local news!

A fallen giant captured on another beautiful walk through Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.). what stories it could tell!

That snowfall finally came rivalling the blizzard of ’96, this is deep winter captured on the seawall by Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).



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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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51 Responses to Deep Winter

  1. Shirley Ross says:

    Now it is a bit chilly, flowers hidden behind little snow particles, crows playing in the snow, shaking the snow off of high wires from lamp posts. Very magical and quiet. As per love this

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    • Shopping for Sweet Lemons at our local market brought a blast of sunshine into my snowy world yesterday afternoon…thank you for telling me about them, your 3 are on the way, I’ll be walking up the hill with them later! Glad you enjoyed the read, Mom!


  2. I figured that there might be a photo with some snow after the last week of weather. The snow made an appearance, now spring can come. πŸ™‚ The fashion show sounds like fun, Kim. I looked up Guo Pei: Beyond Couture on the internet and found a 9-minute video. Amazing and so extraordinarily extravagant – straight out of a fantasy book!

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    • Lol! When the weather turned, I thought I’d better post ASAP and include a photo of the snowy conditions…I’m so glad you checked out the video, the art gallery was very lucky to stage such a unique exhibit here in Vancouver (my lovely neighbour, Huguette, gave me a guest pass and hoped I would get a chance to check it out and I’m glad I did!). Thank you (always!), Diana, for your wonderful support!

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  3. You are a writer that takes me with on your wonderful outings! The beauty you must see daily in BC. Thank you for the museum trip and the gorgeous pics. ~k.

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  4. calmkate says:

    the above comments say it all, you do indeed take us there with your skilful words and pics … a sparkly fantasyland and now for the burst of spring ❀

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  5. Thank you for sharing the joys of spring Kimberlee. I love the sound of the fairy tale gowns at the fashion show. Good for the Soul.

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  6. Hiya Kim, delighted to read your beautifully worded posts again. I am one of those who are ever reluctant to leave the sparkle of December behind.
    Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  7. markmkane says:

    I felt mesmerized as I read this post Kimberlee. I really wished I was there when you were in that room full of mannequins. I wonder what my mind would’ve imagined if I saw that or for that fact how I would’ve perceived those that were observing it.

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  8. Your eloquence creates magical portals that would otherwise be lost to the rest of us…thanks for sharing your gifts πŸ™‚

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  9. michnavs says:

    I always say this and i will say it once write about nature in its finest…taking us all where you are exactly..the walks and the views….the experiences and the joys…yours is a love affair with nature that makes me wanna go out and wander around…sadly though we dont have that much here from where i am..but i guess i should start from my balcony where i can see and hear the birds chirping…

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  10. memadtwo says:

    I still have my Christmas lights draped around the living room and and turn them on every night. I feel a need for it, although the days are indeed getting longer…and yet winter lingers, in the air and the mind. (K)

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  11. Jade M. Wong says:

    The fashion exhibit sounds exquisite and your vivid descriptions allowed me to see the mannequins right in front me, from the Swarovski crystals to the Arthurian crowns. All three of your photos look like they could be postcards! I especially like the caption you gave to the tree, “fallen giant”. It’s so apt. I hope you stay well, Kim πŸ’œ

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  12. A beautiful peek into your winter world Kimberlee, as always your words took me to another place.

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  13. A glimpse of such beautiful and peaceful scenery through your words. Nature is such a glorious treasure. I reminisce quite a bit about being in my grandmother’s kitchen. There is something very special indeed about hanging out in a kitchen. I really miss those days. Lovely post. πŸ™‚

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  14. Quirky Girl says:

    I enjoy your lovely posts time after time without fail, for you do a magnificent job of bringing us all on your journeys through lovely prose and equally lovely photography!

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  15. Miriam says:

    Your words are truly magical Kim and always weave and transport me into your world. Whether it’s nature or fairy tale fashion I feel myself immersed and I simply love it! Thank you πŸ’š

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  16. Hi Kimberlee, you got the big snow we got this month, right? Not sure, but I was guessing. It was deep!

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