Welcome Winter

Once again, the world ended, this time on the Winter Solstice. The modern interpreters ofporch the Mayan Calendar were right. Here in western New York the world went to sleep at night under stormy sky then woke up to the new beginning with a mini-blizzard at its doors.

Welcome Winter! It’s good to have you back again. We missed you last year, although some of us had opportunities for fishing the streams and rivers.

l.'s cookiesWelcome Winter! Bring our sons and daughters home for the holidays. Try some of our freshly baked cookies; sample some home brew (but take it easy there!)

Welcome Winter! Last evening, just before the Curtain was to close, we missed our chance to build the great bonfire celebrating Solstice, but we had loose ends to tie. You do what you must; we know you understand.

Welcome Winter! The woodstove opens to invite more air to stir the flames. Alyssa is inu. of glasgow Scotland and she’s sent a Christmas card with images of her university at Glasgow (scenes from “Harry Potter”).

Welcome Winter! Brent is homeward bound against the falling snow. On Christmas Eve we’ll climb the Southern Ridge and meet my brother in the woods (traditional hike!) before descending into celebration.

stove viewWelcome Winter! Be kind to all the readers here, survivors all. Grant them peace and happiness.heh winter

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About rivertoprambles

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
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4 Responses to Welcome Winter

  1. Keith on Puget Sound says:

    The cookies look great!

  2. Leigh says:

    All the best to you and your family in 2013. Look forward to fishing together sometime in the New Year.

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