Travel theme: Winter

Brr, it’s getting cold outside and Jack Frost is nipping at my toes, so while I snuggle up with a big steaming glass of mulled wine, I’m thinking of winter and all the things I associate with the season.

Winter wouldn’t be winter for me without a dusting of snow; this is from high up on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.

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I always associate the sweet smell of roasting chestnuts with this time of year and I love the look of those little vending carts that pop up on city streets throughout the winter season.

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And there’s no better way to chase away the winter blues than to sit in front of a blazing log fire…

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…sipping mulled wine. So I’m going to pour myself another glass while you mull over your own interpretation of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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Tell me, what does winter mean to you?

xxx Ailsa

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.    -Andrew Wyeth

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.  -John Burroughs

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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129 Responses to Travel theme: Winter

  1. Colline says:

    Those chestnut vans look so quaint.

  2. suej says:

    Like your winter images…snow, chestnuts, blazing fire – I go for all of those. I’ll have to see what else I can come up with! What it is to be challenged! 🙂

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  4. Ese' s Voice says:

    That forest in winter…so familiar and beautifully calm. And the warmth of the last photo makes a perfect balance, Ailsa 🙂
    Here’re bits and pieces of my winter: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/travel-theme-winter/

  5. Settling in for a perfect winter. Does look like Christmas.
    NIce insight by Wyeth “Bone structure of the landscape” – could only be written by one who walks the land

  6. viveka says:

    This I will join – love winter. *smile

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  8. susielindau says:

    I loved the Wyeth quote! I do love a good snow snowstorm!

  9. Wonderfully sensual with the engrained smell of chestnuts and mulled wine? Sounds delish! I have never had it !

    • ailsapm says:

      Wait, what? You’ve never had mulled wine? Or chestnuts? Oh my gosh, I may have to come over to your house right now and fix that! 🙂

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  11. Hi- I just posted above. I have never had mulled wine , NO : ) I have never even heard of it except cider ? As to the Chestnuts, ahhhhh yes, but come on over anyway Alisa !! Cheers!

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  13. Kavi says:

    Perfect theme for the season! I have to tell ya, I am over all of this snow we’ve had here in Chicago. Which is why I’m heading off to Brazil! So this year, winter to me will mean beaches and caiperinhas 😉 Happy Holidays!

  14. Can I curl up near the fire, Ailsa? It looks heavenly 🙂 Great theme with great photos.
    Here’s my take on Winter: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/travel-theme-winter/

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  16. Heyjude says:

    Love your interpretation of winter – crisp, clean white snow, roasted chestnuts and sitting in front of a logged fire with mulled wine. Love the quotes too. I shall go away and see what winter photos I can come up with…

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  20. Leya says:

    Lovely! Fire is always fascinating, hot and cosy to sit by with a good book…Great shots showing winter! Here in Sweden there is nothing like it this year – yet. So, here’s my solution
    http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/travel-theme-winter/

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  22. Lynne Ayers says:

    I like your selections, Ailsa. Especially that roaring fire 🙂 Here is my ‘winter’ – http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/winter-is/

  23. Winter and the idealised Christmas go hand in hand – such a lovely challenge for this week Ailsa – and perfect shots to share with us. Have a happy happy Christmas and all the joys of the road in 2014.

  24. babsje says:

    Thanks for sharing your mulled wine, and log fire, both are warming to my spirit and toes, vicariously! I had posted this one in the wrong place, so here it is now where it really belongs.

    Pilgrim at Walden Pond

    http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/pilgrim-at-walden-pond/

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  27. Jaspa says:

    I’ve spent most of December in Hawaii, which was fantastic. Having said that, there something special about a bit of snow at this time of year… http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/winter-one-derland/

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