Thursday, December 27, 2012

'...the drift darkened the lower panes....'


'Indeed, egress seemed next to impossible; the drift darkened the lower panes of the casement, and, on looking out, one saw the sky and air vexed and dim, the wind and snow in angry conflict.  There was no fall now, but what had already descended was torn up from the earth, whirled round by brief shrieking gusts, and cast into a hundred fantastic forms.'

Villette - page 314

We had approximately 20 centimetres of snow grace our neighbourhood last night so I laughed when reading about the darkened lower panes in my book this morning.  Living on the corner of our street means extra sidewalk to shovel but the thought of burning off the calories from too much trifle got me through.

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  1. Eek! I am so happy I didn't wake up to that this morning; it was hard enough getting back to work after the holidays without adding weather into the mix! Good luck with all your shovelling.

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    1. I found out which muscles you use when shovelling when I climbed out of bed this morning...ouch!

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  2. Pretty street! I'm on break, so I was hoping to be snowed in! But we had a dusting on Christmas morning, gone within hours, and I'm letting that be a white Christmas. :) But today we have the next best thing, in my situation at least .. it's POURING out, the lamps are on, the coffee is hot, and the book is absorbing!

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    1. Ooh, doesn't that sound atmospheric! Enjoy every minute...and I know you will...those moments are some of the cosiest you will ever have.

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  3. Perfect! We have been buried since last Saturday, too. The lake is frozen now and we've probably had more snow this past week than we did all last year.

    Are you enjoying Villette? I received a copy for Christmas and hope to read it later this winter.

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    1. Oh yes, last winter...the season that never was. Villette...hmmm, not the book that I was expecting at all, JoAnn, and it took me a good 300 pages to decide how to come to terms with it. At this point I'm glad to stick with it but don't really think it will be one of my favourite books. Stay tuned!

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  4. Oh you are so lucky (well maybe not the shoveling bit)! We just seem to have rain and more rain. I've never seen the Thames so high. K x

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    1. Merry Christmas, Kristina! Everything is so pretty at the moment and it's great for the children whose toboggans have been gathering dust in the garage. Parts of England have had more than their fair share of rain, those poor people who have been flooded out - it's heartbreaking. Steer clear of the river's edge!

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  5. It always looks nice in photos, but not when you have to shovel it. Take care and be safe.

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    1. So true! I worry about those teens who learned to drive this summer and forget about stopping time during icy weather...eek.

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  6. Yikes--that's a lot of snow. We have snow, too, and lots of cold, so it isn't going anywhere soon. Happy New Year, Darlene. Hope 2013 is filled with much happiness and lots of good books! :)

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well, Danielle! Stay cosy!

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