Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The First Days of New Year


It’s said as you spend the first few days of the year, the whole year will pass. I do not know whether this is true. I wish to all bloggers be healthy and joyful in first New Year days!
It was not frost. I decided to go to my summer house; just wanted to look at the plants and snow, how it covers my perennials and shrubs, young apple trees and berry bushes.
 
Firstly I had to clean paths shoveling snow. The snow was light and dry and I was not getting tired. When I got to my greenhouse, I saw its entrance in snow. I shoveled off the door; then I came in and looked at my rose cuttings covered with ground. 

Next to the greenhouse, the bird feeder was hung on the apple tree. I put the oats and sunflower seeds to birds. They need a lot of food when here is frost and cold weather. In the garden the plants turned into mounds of snow. Here snow covered roses, there rhododendrons and small arborvitae and spruce. Only my pines-bonsai look boldly out of the snow.

 
After lunch I went for a walk in the woods. The forest was in snow and it reminded me the scenery in the theater when a fabulous show was put for children. Pines and fir trees were whitened. Only the pine trunks were brightly colored in the sun.

Walking down the path I saw footprints. Right here a large bird (a crow or magpie) caught a mouse. Then I found other footprints of the little beast. But maybe it's the neighbor's cat was walking on the snow.

The day was short. Already at 4 pm the sun was low, and its rays glided through the branches of the old apple tree.  

 I had to drive to the city. Bye, my garden and snowy woods!







52 comments:

  1. Such beautiful pictures! You describe winter in a fine way.

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    1. Satu, we had have rain last days and I hope it stopped in Helsinki too, so you have nice weather. Thank you!

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  2. You have a lot of snow now too. It is so beautiful to looks at as it dresses the whole garden and area in pure white shimmers.I am glad I do not have to travel in it though. LOL! Happy 2013 to you.

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    1. My garden looks like some snowy mounds instead of roses, rhododendrons, tujas, etc. I wait for the spring to turn them in green:)) Thank you, Lona!

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  3. Happy New Year!
    Your pictures are so lovely, I particularly like the sun through the apple tree branches, and the footprints too.

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    1. I love sun too :)) Thank you, Tracey!

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  4. Beautiful photos! Looks gorgeous, a big contrast to the grey rainy days we've been having in the UK! Happy New Year to you :)

    Anna B

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    1. it's pity you haven't snowy weather at this Christmas. I think the spring will soon in UK if the weather is warm. Thank you, Anna!

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  5. Hello Nadezda
    What lovely shots of the snowy winter you are having! I like looking at snow - just not being in it. I especially dislike DRIVING in it!
    Happy New Year to you too.
    Astrid

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    1. That day the snow was dry, normally drove.Thank you, Astrid!

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  6. Thank you for a beautiful visit to your summer home. The snow covers everyting with magic!

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  7. So nice to see the snow where it is supposed to be :) We might complain but when it doesn't appear I get very nervous. I love your photos of the forest dusted with snow, and you're right it looks like nature is putting on a show! Your second to last photo is so beautiful and is my favourite lighting.

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    1. Rosemary, I think you'll have snow in this month, it's the most wintry. The photo you liked I've taken at the last minutes of sunset. I thought glare will be, but the sunlight was weak. Thank you!

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  8. Such a beautiful post Nadezda! It must be so quiet in such surroundings. I can almost feel the cold.
    So different from here where it is very hot outside, temperature 28C at 10.08pm and maximum forecast for tomorrow 41C and extreme fire danger day!
    Thank you for your comments and good wishes for new year days.
    Betty

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    1. You have enough hot summer! I'd love to!
      Thank you, Betty!

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  9. How lucky you are to have a summer home to wander around, even in winter. It looks very peaceful and serene. And wintry!

    I do hope your new year passes as your first days did --- you will have a year of visiting your beautiful garden.

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    1. Laurrie, I hope I will! I agree, my summer house gives me peace and quietness. But I love it in warm months more than in cold. Thank you!

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  10. Your photos are beautiful, Nadezda! The images of the forest look like something from a Christmas card. We still haven't had much snow here, and my garden is shivering in the cold. Wishing you a beautiful and Happy New Year!

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    1. I can understand your plants: they are warmer with snow than without. Thank you, Rose!

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  11. What beautiful pictures. the top one makes me think of the Robert Frost poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" even though the picture may have been taken in the afternoon or morning :)

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    1. Jenny, I've read this poem, it's great! 'The woods are lovely, dark and deep'.
      Thank you!

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  12. The snowy woods are very beautiful, especially when the sun lights up the trunks of the pine trees. Happy New Year Nadezda!

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    1. The sun light isn't every day, unfortunately.Thank you!

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  13. I enjoyed your visit. I have friends in Iceland and summerhouses are very popular there too.

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    1. James,thank you for dropping by!

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    2. Hallo dear Nadezda,Happy New Year to you and to your family!Your pictures are amazing!I realy enjoyed waching them ,just like i was there with you!So alive photos!!Thank you for your wishes on my blog!Have a great snowing weekend!Kisses!!
      Dimi..

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  14. Happy New Year Nadezda girl !!
    You live in such a pretty place .. I would love to walk there too : ) .. we share the same weather .. and I am happy to have the snow cover my garden during this time .. last year was a nightmare with NO snow! .. I am hoping that all of us have a wonderful garden year ahead : )
    These are the months that have us planning and dreaming right ? LOL
    Dream on girl ! and I will be too : )
    Joy

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    1. I'm glad your garden is covered with snow as mine. The snow is perfect for plants when the weather is very cold. You're right, we are looking forward to spring, planning where to plant, to move, to take away ;))
      Thank you, Joy!

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  15. Очень красивые фотографии, Надежда !
    Снег делает сад и лес такими прекрасными ! Но я уже очень скучаю по весне и цветами ...

    Aukse

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    1. Красиво, но холодно! К тому же, чистить дорожки тоже не всегда легко. Я тоже планирую на весну, думаю, что купить, что выбросить :)) Спасибо, Auksė, поправляйтесь!

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  16. What a wonderful walk in the snow! So pretty. The footprints of the bird and mouse were really intriguing! I hope this next year you will have many, many walks in your garden. Happy 2013!

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    1. My footprints were intriguing too, because were too deep!;0))
      Thank you, Holley!

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  17. Beautiful snowy time you had, although it is hard to see our gardens covered.
    Happy New Year to you my friend.

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    1. You're right! When I remember the greenness and blooms in my garden it's hard to see my plants covered in snow. Thank you, Barb!

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  18. Precioso manto blanco ha formado la nieve. Me imagino, que las plantas se tienen que dañar con esta gran capa de nieve. Yo tengo una planta, que algunos inviernos pierde las hojas, y eso que aquí no nieva. Pensaba que la planta no vivía ya y estuve a punto de tirarla, pero en primavera. me sorprendió ya que empezó a echar nuevas hojas.

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    1. Tengo algunos abetos y cedros, a cuales en otono yo até los ramos con la cuerda y tiró al tronco para que no habían roto de la nieve. Asi mismo lo hize con los arbustos de grosella negra,
      Que suerte tenia tu pobre planta que querias tirarla!
      Gracias por el dibujo, Ventana!

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  19. A real winter wonderland, magnificent! Every garden needs a period of rest.
    All we get is rain.

    Happy New Year, Nadezda.

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    1. Frico, you have rain and warm weather! I suppose the spring will come to you sooner than in my garden in snow. Thank you!

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  20. What a lovely landscape you have surrounding you! Here it has been very mild, we may not even see any snow, like last year – and then we'll get many insects in the garden unfortunately. Happy New Year!

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    1. It's pity you haven't snow, thank you for stopping by!

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  21. Road Nadezda!!!!!!!!
    Thank you very much. You are a wonderful friend.
    I love you. Thank you for all the fantastic comments.
    They kiss and greet.
    Lucia

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    1. Lucia, thank you for your friendship! Don't give up and continue to write the posts, it's a pleasure for me to read them!

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  22. What a beautiful winterpictures of snowy woods in your surroundings. I saw you have a summerhouse and live in St. Petersburg, Russia. I think very cold winters but I like it. I'm on your blog for the first time and live in The Netherlands. My garden and nature in our surroundings is my life. I'm looking forward to read about your gardening year in the far north and are going to follow you.
    Kind regards!

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    1. Thank you, Janneke, for stopping by!
      I love new faces on my blog and I will read yours too!

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  23. What a lovely post, Nadezda!
    How sweet of you to feed birds and wonderful to be able to take a shot of a cute visitor. We often complain about the snow but your photos and words make me smile:) The footprints lead my mind to imagine a drama.
    Thank you for sharing.
    And Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Keity, I always stay some food for birds in my feeder when I leave the summer house. They need it. Thank you!

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  24. Gorgeous winter images! Looks a bit like that now over here as well. We even had to buy ourselves our very first snow shovel, a broom just wasn't enough anymore for this amount of snow.
    Thank you so much for the comment you left on my blog, always so nice to 'meet' someone new in blogland! I love your blog. Became a follower as well so I won't miss a thing ;-)
    Bye,
    have a great week,
    Marian

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    1. Thank you, flowersandhome! I'm glad you liked my blog, I will read yours too!

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