Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cold Happy Days

These have been such happy days, spent with my husband and two dogs. I think we've watched a record number of movies (and we're still not done yet); we take walks in the very cold fresh air, me snapping photos of all the rustic beauty winter offers; we share meals together, nap, read, paint, and have long conversations about everything.

For many years I took hour-long jogs every morning before the sun came up, and now I am motivated to start again, though I'll begin with power-walking since I'm out of shape and have very little condition. I am so happy that the new year has begun, bringing with it inspiration and fresh energy.

Ramon goes back to work next week and I'll re-open my shop, so these are the last few days of relaxed luxury. They have been so enjoyable, so I am sad to see them end. But at the same time, there is something about the rhythm of daily life that I am looking forward to.

Enjoy these winter days,

xoxo country girl

P.S. The first picture is of the town center here where we live. Isn't it lovely?


  1. Good luck starting back running! It's such a wonderful release. It makes me feel new every time I run.

    But I have to run in the evenings. My body won't do it in the mornings. Power to you for going before the sun is up.

    There's a giveaway at my end today, if you're interested!

  2. A lovely start to the year! Beautiful pictures!

  3. Dawn, seeing that first photo, I had to call over my fiance and show him how beautiful it was. He asked where it is, and I told him Austria. I of course immediately followed up with how soon are WE moving to Austria!

    Good luck with the running -- will Kiki and Boston run with you?

  4. Perfect photos, and yes, the town center is a gem.

  5. I love that you see beauty everywhere.

  6. hello my friend...what a lovely happy to see you at Farmhouse...

    beautiful pictures...

    sending cozy love,
    kary and teddy

  7. it is beautiful and have i told you how much i love your new blog header? it is gorgeous

    i love feathers

  8. Those berry clusters in the wood look like honeysuckle berries. Maybe something else?
    Byrony? So pretty and bright.
    Your town center is perfect.

  9. Ugh how pretty. So, so, pretty. I would love to live in such a pretty place!

  10. Hello nice to see you posting again..but I must admit, having that quality time with Ramon had to be amazing..I'm so glad you were able to have this time together!! your pictures, but the first one is unbelievable!! Thank you for sharing!!!

    xoxo Gert

  11. Such beautiful pictures... you live in a magical place! So glad you've been enjoying your time of leisure :) ♥

  12. I'm glad you're having a good time.
    Happy New Year, dear Dawn!

  13. Wow, what amazing photographs. My husband and I had the quietest Christmas holidays we have ever had this year and spent them in a similar fashion to yours - lots of films, walks and cozy time.

    Hope you new years resolutions work out for you.

  14. Thank you for all the kind words!

    Julie: I think the berries are some sort of wild viburnum opulus, which has these common names: Guelder Rose, Water Elder, European Cranberrybush, Cramp Bark, Snowball Tree.

    I am going to go back in summer to see what it's flowers look like.

  15. Ahh your cold happy days sound like utter perfection, just what you need to start the New Year.
    Jinx on the power walking! I too am going to take Poppy for a brisk early morning workout - what better way to start the day?!
    Wishing you a wonderful last few days of unadulterated bliss
    Love Morwenna

  16. Your photos should be paintings! I adore that town shot, something out of a movie! Enjoy your days!

  17. your images are amazing. especially that first one. wow. what an amazing view.

  18. so lovely!! stephen and i are enjoying the last couple of weeks before he goes back to school...isn't it great just enjoying those little moments together?? my favorite :)

  19. Oh, Dawn, what an enchanting area you live in!! Your photography is stunningly beautiful! For once my hubby and I had 2 weeks just for us and it was blissful. Enjoy every moment with Ramon! With much love, Sherry xx

  20. Yay for the town church and market center...happy memories and happier future times await.
    Congratulations for the inspiration to get out early and move, breathe and as it happens naturally, contemplate while moving in your life.
    We both will be doing it, who knows, maybe even at the same time.
    I saw the new moon last evening and thought of you...dedicated my GG chant this morning to you too.

  21. You live in such a beautiful place Dawn!
    Glad you and yours had such a relaxed and happy festive period.
    All the best for 2011!
    PS. I love the new top bar - are those your paintings? The Winnie the Pooh quote is fantastic too - I'll try and remember that one next time I have a Piglet moment and start worrying about things that may never happen!

  22. You first Dawn, it seems like your village is straight our of a fairy tale.
    I'm so happy to hear that you and your sweetie have been enjoying your holidays.
    Hugs to you on this cold winter day. xox

  23. Wow, you do live in a lovely place! I'm new to your blog but I'm loving what I see thus far... Excited to explore some more!

  24. What an amazing place you live in. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  25. I'm tickled to find a blog out of Austria! (my favorite chocolate bar comes from there you see...well it did...then Wal-Mart stopped carrying it)
    Jacques is the company :) gold foil wrapper :)
    you think I have a problem LOL?
    YES that photo up top is incredible!!



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