New Hampshire


There are things that I love about winter. Hard to remember them when you're shivering with misery and cold while cursing the day you were born, but yes, they're there even still.

Most lovely of all are bare trees. Branches that are normally laden with leaves become completely visible and I'm always struck by their skeletons. Better still is the ability to locate every bird's nest in the tree. Snow is nice, too, as are woolly hats and frosty windows. Pink cheeks are universally flattering and even pink noses turn cute in the cold. A little whiskey works wonders.







To remind ourselves of these universal truths, we went to New Hampshire where winter is a religion. Live, freeze or die. We bunked, fancy style, at the local inn and tromped around in the snow until we lost track of where we had left our fingers and toes. We visited our family's summer house which was very much living up to it's name. Not a lick of insulation and proper heat made it colder inside than out. We cozied up in the car, cranking first the heat and second the volume. Off went the wet clothes. On went the slippers. And then our cheeks tingled as we drove back down south again.

37 comments:

  1. i love these photos. and i love winter...

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  2. Your photos are the most beautiful around! I just love them. The ice on the window is just magical. I wish we had true winters here in California.

    Marcie

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  3. you brave souls. it's been freezing here in NH. sounds like you had a wonderful time...

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  4. I'm in love with all of these photos! Especially the one with the two chairs on the right. Lucky girl, it's beautiful where you are. : )

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  5. I've never been to New Hampshire, but the New England area is so beautiful!

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  6. The wreaf on the door warms my little heart. She may be an uninsulated old house, but she's still a well-loved house in winter just the same.

    (Fact: I went to high school in NH. Fact: I braved four NH winters. Fact: NH winters are more than made up for by NH summers.)

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  7. I'm sure you get asked this all the time, but what kind of camera do you use? Gorgeous photos...

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  8. Wow, I am totally loving that picture of the frost! Beautiful!

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  9. so lovely! beautiful pictures!

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  10. Gorgeous...I grew up there and it is a magical place for me!

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  11. So beautiful! I was in 'old' Hampshire (in England) just before Christmas. We had a little snow, but it was entirely incomparable to this....

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  12. Beautiful pictures, love the ice on the window!! We just had new snow here today in Switzerland, back to winterwonderland!
    Viele Gruesse, Kristina

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  13. wow these pictures are stunning! I really love the one of you on the porch and of the frosty window. Just beautiful! man i can FEEL my cold nose just looking at these! Sounds liek fun..

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  14. Beautiful photos- your blog is a real delight!I discovered it last week (on yahoo ...)

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  15. I love snow! All my friends make fun of me for saying that. Winter is really a beautiful time of year. Your photos are gorgeous. I would love to see New England in the winter.

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  16. Your pictures of Elmwood always make me pine for watching/reading Little Women and warming by a fire!

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  17. oohhh, houses with no insulation, tell me about it. I just return from 6 weeks in rural France where you could look up at the ceiling and see through the floor boards to the other floor. I slept in a thousand layers!

    Beautiful pictures, even if it is freezing!

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  18. Isn't it mind boggling to see a place you love in a totally different season... for the first time ever. It'll be something you never forget. Especially in the summer, when the world is fully leaved and green again.

    Don't you just love the white on white.
    Very striking. Your beloved Elmwood looks like a Currier and Ive Christmas print.

    I can picture the sleigh, complete with snorting billowing breath, a matched set of steeds. Hooves prancing, dancing, breaking through the deep snow. They are taking your Grandparents 15 miles into Peterborough, to go to the uniquely free thinking Unitarian Church on Sunday. No wonder you are an intrepid Liberal

    We glimpse a red scarf, the rosy healthy cheeks and we wonder where we lost our toes!

    Can you hear sleigh bells? I can!

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  19. Living in New Hampshire in the beautiful Lakes region is nature's heaven on earth. I am never ready for winter and snow but, when it comes it is an incredibly beautiful time I wouldn't want to live without. I can see deep into the woods this time of year. Animal tracks from the previous night reveal who's been around. Yet, I am warm in front of a wood burning fireplace sipping hot chocolate with a bit of Bailey's. Thank you for sharing the beauty of New Hampshire.

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  20. the way you describe winter makes it sound so nice, but one step outside and i remember how much more i love summer!

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  21. i am so in love with that elmwood. sigh.

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  22. I liked your photos, but I really liked your "live, freeze, or die" play on words!
    Thanks for the pics! They're lovely!

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  23. I love the photo's!! They are beautiful!!!

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  24. Winter is a religion here in the Adirondacks, too. You either learn to live with it, or you suffer terribly.

    jennerspeaks.blogspot.com

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  25. Your photos are just like art, and, believe it or not, there are some people in the US who are jealous of the snow right now!

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  26. Wow so much snow and white and absolutely freezing! Your images are fantastic.

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  27. This is such a lovely,lovely post! Those images are breathtaking, especially the one with the snowflakes on the window! Beautiful!

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  29. Late to the party :) Beautiful, as usual. I grew up outside Boston, and miss the New England winters. You are right to call it a religion up there.

    Thanks for the flashback.

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  30. Wonderful post, I adore the 'can't beat it, join it' approach to winter, it's the only way to stay sane :)

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  31. These pictures are just perfect. So enchanting.

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  32. Sounds like a delicious time!

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  33. These images are blowing me away! Such pure crisp heavenly ascetics. It must have been a wonderful sight to see.

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