Friday, February 14, 2014

February Hygge

February hygge is all about nature. It seems every time I step outside my door this month I encounter something that inspires me, fills me with a sense of contentment, and makes me feel so very fortunate to be where I am. There have been a few rough patches this month. (Nothing serious or life threatening, so please don't worry!) Getting out and immersing myself in my surroundings has helped restore balance in the midst of those unwanted bumps. It would be impossible not to have one's spirits be lifted by scenes like these.

There is something special about fresh snow, blue sky and sunshine.



How different those mountains look in the evening light.




The cold weather last week left the rocks coated in ice.




It was special being able to share a bit of my February hygge with Alexandra last weekend.



This Red-breasted Sapsucker has been a frequent visitor to the tree behind our house. It's impossible not to smile while I watch him work his way around the tree in search of food.


This last picture was an amazing moment. I had just stepped out onto the back deck for a few minutes. The weather was crazy. It was windy and rainy and sunny all at the same time, which had me scanning the sky. Sure enough, there was a rainbow. And just as I looked up an eagle soared overhead. I would have loved to have captured that bird as it flew by, but it all happened too fast. However, I did manage to get a picture of the rainbow!


It's hard to believe it was a year ago that we first came down to look at The Cottages at Cultus Lake, and in many ways even harder to believe that I actually live here. We are at the six month mark now, and every month has been filled with surprises in terms of what our surroundings have to offer. The mountains, the trees, the lake, the wildlife - these are the things that leave me feeling that sense of contentment that is my February hygge.

"It's a privilege to live any part of one's life in proximity to nature."
Barbara Kingsolver

47 comments:

  1. Your photos are gorgeous, Kristie. This looks like a truly beautiful and idyllic place to live. I'm so glad that you feel contented with your surroundings. It sounds to me like you are full with the spirit of Hygge. :)

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    1. In the interest of being honest I have to say that not every day looks like the ones in these pictures. We get a fair amount of rain here, and on those days the mountains remain completely hidden. But overall it is definitely a beautiful place to live, and I feel very, very lucky.

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  2. Love the picture of the rainbow Kristie. You live in a beautiful part of the country. Our part is complete white right now and will be for a while yet! Just got 20+cm today.

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    1. I'm sorry you have gotten so much snow. I know how tiresome it can be by the middle of February. And so many of you have had such a terrible winter in terms of the cold/snow/floods. It is beautiful here, and I never get tired of the scenery.

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  3. I think you live in THE most beautiful place!

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    1. It is beautiful, but you also live in a beautiful place. I hope some day my travel adventures take me to New Zealand so I can see it in person.

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  4. What a lovely part of the world you live in.

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    1. It is lovely Greenthumb, and I hope I never start taking it for granted.

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    1. I agree Kylie! It sure makes it easy to take nice pictures for my blog! :-)

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  6. What a wonderful quotation you closed with -- and how true. (Even if nature happens to be hip-deep in snow, sigh...) -- Ruth in Ontario

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    1. I really wish you would start up a blog, Ruth. I want to see some pictures of your home, and your Aga, and even all that snow! I promise to become your first follower if you decide to take the blogging plunge.

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    2. I'm not sure that I could do a very interesting blog! You'll just have to come and visit me one day. -- R.

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  7. I have never seen a rainbow below the tree line! This is, indeed, special! I find myself breathing more deeply when I read your thoughts on hygge. Loved see Fergus, even if it was the back of his head. :-)

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    1. I agree. It was very odd to see the rainbow below the tree line, and I have no idea why it was like that. I tried to get Fergus to turn around when I was taking pictures, but he is not a very cooperative model. :-)

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  8. So beautiful...we can see why you're inspired and content at the same time. 6 months already? The way time is flying, I better start planning our Thanksgiving menu now before it sneaks up on me.

    I feel very lucky to have grown up (age wise, if nothing else) surrounded by trees and fields.

    PS - You can tell me not to worry, but that switch rarely turns off. Hope whatever it was is now firmly in the past.

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    1. It's so true. Before we know it we'll be adding turkey and cranberries to our shopping lists for the upcoming Thanksgiving meal! :-)

      I wouldn't say the events are firmly in the past, but they are headed in that direction. All will be well, but time is going to be the thing that fixes it. You are very sweet to worry about me though. :-)

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  9. I haven't seen a rainbow in years, lucky you! You have such beautiful views to look at everyday, I'm glad that you're enjoying them.

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    1. This was my first rainbow since we moved here. We had tons of them when we lived in Kamloops - more than any other place I have lived. I don't think they will be common here, which made that one seem even more special.

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  10. Your pictures are so beautiful Kristie, I hope that whatever the difficulties have been have passed and that you will have a great rest of the month! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy! Things are going better, and I'm sure the rest of the month will sail along smoothly. At least I hope so!

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  11. Listen to BBC Radio 4 Denmark The Happiest Country in The World by Micheal Booth.

    I posted a link to it on my Blog.

    Hygge, so interesting.

    Christy

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    1. Thanks for putting that link on your blog, Christy! I plan on listening to the radio program tomorrow. I can't wait!

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  12. I loved those photographs....it echoes what we feel about where we live.

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    1. Loving the place one lives has to be one of life's greatest gifts. I don't ever want to take it for granted! I'm glad you are in a place you feel the same way about.

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  13. Beautiful post today, you are blessed to live in such a gorgeous area.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you Meredith! You are right - I am blessed with gorgeous surroundings, and it is so nice to be able to share them with all of you!

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  14. Kristie, you must live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, seriously! Every picture is enchanting, and you are surrounding by it. Surely a hug/hygge from Nature. Love the icy stream, and the little red-head bird is such a cutie. But those mountains: breathtaking!! Happy Valentines Day! xxx

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    1. The red-headed bird was on that tree trunk for almost two whole days! It wasn't bothered in the slightest by me going out and standing nearby to take pictures, which really surprised me! I know it's not a cardinal, but cute nonetheless. :-)

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  15. You are definitely privileged to live somewhere so beautiful. It would be difficult to take a bad photograph there.

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    1. My photography skills aren't that great, Una. I have taken lots of bad pictures in spite of the beautiful subjects I'm trying to capture!

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  16. Amazing photographs, you are so lucky to have such beautiful scenery on your doorstep

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    1. I am lucky, Sue. I have lived in places that were definitely not beautiful, and I think that has helped me appreciate where I am now even more.

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  17. What a glorious place to live! Thank you for sharing the beauty with us, your lovely photos always brighten my day!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! It's fun to be able to share a glimpse of where I live. :-)

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  18. Thrilling! Thanks for sharing these scenes with us.
    -- stashdragon

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  19. I would swap my home for yours any day, Kristie. What a beautiful sapsucker bird, the reds on his head and breast are simply breath taking. And how bizarre to see a rainbow under the treeline. We get lots of rainbows in this country where the weather changes 100 times a day but never have I seen one that is not high in the sky. Taking deep content breath and joining in with your Hygge. Cx

    P.S. I keep my fingers crossed for the rough patches to be smoothed over eventually.

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    1. This is the perfect example of "the grass being greener on the other side of the fence." I would love to live in Scotland! Maybe we should do a house trade for a few weeks? :-)

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    2. Actually, I think that's a great idea! Like in the movie The Holiday. There are agencies that do that--arrange house swaps. You take care of the person's pets, etc. No rental fees. Anyone interested in vacationing in Maryland? :-)

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    3. Maybe we should set up a blogger house exchange!

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  20. I'm glad you have such wonderful scenery to inspire you especially when times get hard.
    Sarah x

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    1. Me too, Sarah. I'm sure you feel the same way when you look out at the sea near where you live!

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  21. I somehow missed your last post Kristie - Happy Birthday ! - and now I find you sharing rainbows and the most amazing scenery ... here's hoping those rough patches are long gone and that you won't be bothered by them again any time soon ... enjoy your doll's house and the amazing place where you live x

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  22. How lovely to live in such an idyllic place Kristie, it looks heavenly. Hope all is well.
    Patricia x

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  23. Wonderful images of your little corner of heaven, Kristie. I hope the bumps are now in the past and that your first spring at the lake will be beautiful.

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