Winter arrived today. And she intends to stay for a while.
The garden was ready; the garlic had been planted, the leaves were all collected, and the young trees were heavily mulched.
The house was ready too; radiators in good working order, the whole house cleaned and tidied, and my desk moved to a new location in front of the big window to take full advantage of the scarce light.
I feel prepared, mostly, and so am able to enjoy the beauty of it all. To enjoy the magic of the first snow; the gentle layer of sparkling white that covers the ground and hangs in the trees. To enjoy the comforting company of the low-hanging sky, feeling like in the coming months I could really get to know the sky. To marvel at the hush in the air, this feeling that everyone and everything are settling in for this long season of rest.