Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Post For A Snowy Day

“Meanwhile,’ said Mr Tumnus, ‘it is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long, and we shall both catch cold if we stand here talking in the snow. Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?” .... CS Lewis

..........I'd be delighted thank you! Would anyone else care to join me for a cup of summertime?
That was delicious!  but now it's time to step back outside and back into Narnia......
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Yes, Winter finally arrived on Friday we awoke to a beautiful decorated landscape.

Creatures appeared in the garden. A hare with rose hip eyes.
And a sleepy fox.
And others that wanted to come out to play..

Have you ever stood barefoot in the snow?  I hadn't ever tried it, so thought it was about time that I did. :-)

After some fun time spent with other inhabitants of Narnia, I returned home and warmed up with the help of mulled wine and hot chocolate. That evening, Mr Tumnus was still on my mind so I decided to draw him in my sketchbook. 

                                                           'Tumnus Meets A Hare'

“Narnia! It's all in the wardrobe just like I told you!” 
...CS Lewis

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I LOVE the sleepy fox! And how WAS being in the snow barefoot? I was just commenting on a blog that had two illustrations of young girls barefoot in the snow, how funny.

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    1. It was very cold of course but it felt wonderful! As if my feet had woken up from a long sleep. :)

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  2. Your snow hare is astonishingly beautiful.....!

    going to try that barefoot thing...

    bestest to you and yours

    Daisy j

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    1. I'm glad that you like him Daisy. Yes, you must try it, it's an amazing feeling. :D

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  3. That is a great picture Karen, and I love the bare foot standing. You are brave; I rolled in the snow after a sauna only once (married to a Finn it was expected). Bracing!

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    1. Well you are braver than me Charlotte! I'm not sure I could roll in the snow? Hmmmmm.... might have to add it to my list now though, for when I get to visit Finland or Sweden one of these days. :)

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  4. Karen, I love your sketch of Mr. Tumnus. The Narnia books are truly some of the best, forever and always. Beautiful snow fox too, I only wish I lived somewhere with snow. :)

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    1. Thanks Veronica :) They are lovely books. I'm thinking of re-reading them, as I haven't a book by my bedside at the moment.

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  5. I see you've been inspired by the snow! Fantastic snow sculptures but I do hope you were well wrapped up when you were out there making them, my feet are turning blue just looking at your photo! ;)
    Jess xx

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    1. Yes, I was wrapped up well when I made the sculptures. Standing in the snow felt marvelous, you must give it a go. Just make sure you put thick warm socks on afterwards. :)x

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  6. Lovely blog post Karen, I love the snow animals. especially the fox, even though one took our two remaining hens last week - strange this morning Foxy Loxy was running down our road calling for his mate his coat a mass vibrant reds, oranges and browns.
    I haven't done the feet in the snow - Yet!!
    Keep warm
    luv
    Maureen
    (Maura)

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    1. Shame about your hens Maura. Mr foxy must have been hungry. We only had hens taken by him, when some of ours decided to go wild and wouldn't come into the hen house. Instead they decided they preferred to roost in the trees at night. So of course in the lovely light mornings of summer they would come down early and be at risk.
      You must give the feet in snow a try. ;)

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  7. Such a beautiful post, I love the snow animals! I read somewhere CS Lewis first thought of Mr Tumnus and the rest of the story followed! Xxx

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  8. Your snow hare is so beautiful! I've never seen one, and think your rose hips for eyes are perfect.
    The drawing really catches the gentle spirit of Mr. T.
    xx
    julie

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  9. So lovely and enchanting. I especially love the first photograph, with its quality of light.

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  10. I just love reading your blog, it makes me smile, dream and escape into my imagination..you keep the magic alive...thank you. x

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  11. Beautiful pictures and a wonderful sketch of Mr Tumnus and a hare - very magical

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  12. ~~ So magical............
    I love the movie.
    And YOUR snow sculptures are beautiful, Karen.Take time to dream~
    Love Mariax

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  13. Oh, I would so love to swap my long, hot, draining summer days with you, for just a few days of Narnia winter wonderland!

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  14. Lovely snow sculptures, my snow dog apparently didn't look like one...will have to try better!

    Love the theme too, Narnia is a lovely escapism, particularly for me at this time as it was my moms favourite, I recommend reading them all- in order if you can (though I always skip to Lion, Witch&Wardrobe) I am tempted to dig out the Mr Tumnus cake receipe we have somewhere!

    Also wanted to to say I love the print I had of yours for Christmas (I did choose it- a lady walking through the woods with animals) your drawings are fab...if only I could draw. It's on my list of things to acheive! I have yet to frame and hang it as I am moving house (hopefully...) so many things have been put away, can't wait to get all set up though, there will be many angel/fantasy/animal images and ornaments to put out.

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  15. I absolutely adore your snow hare, so so beautiful! x

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  16. DELIGHTFUL images - and the feet in the snow too! I've not tried that, though I have walked barefoot through the icy waters of a stream, it was ages before I could feel my feet again.

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  17. So beautiful and so clever
    Thea x

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  18. ah, a lovely wintry post
    yes to the barefoot... love doing that, it feels so right for a few minutes ;-)

    loved seeing your sketch and your snow animals....

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  19. It's like Narnia here as well. I love your snow sculptures, my granddaughters have been building snow dinosaurs in their other grandparents garden with the help of their Uncle Tim who is an artist. They really are fun:)

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  20. I did it! I did it! And it was so good, that I did it twice!! Why have I never thought of standing in the snow barefoot?! It was very invigorating and I just felt so alive. Thank you, Karen for suggesting such a magical experience :)
    I adore your snowy hare and fox - so beautiful <3
    Thank you for making my wintry wonderland even more special. x

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  21. Snow Rabbit, Snow Fox, and bare feet in the snow add tremendous joy to the snow experience. Thanks... I needed that!

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  22. What a beautiful post!

    My children and I are currently reading through my old Narnia book set which brings back such pleasant sentiments.

    I adore your snow sculptures!
    Naomi :-)

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  23. Gorgeous as ever, Karen. The snow stayed in the hills here, we are just too close to the sea. Always last to get it. Enjoy! xxx

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  24. So sweet snowy creatures! How long did they "live"? I hope they are still there... Such a beautiful, "fairytale" winter atmosphere you have!... A cup of summer sounds quite tempting! We could all fill it with our imagination to warm up inside!...
    I'm eager to see Mr.Tumnus in colour!:)...

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  25. I love this post karen!


    Leanne x

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  26. Oh how delightful! When I saw a snippet that contained Mr. Tumnus' name on Alaurie's blogroll, I just had to hop over here and investigate:-) We always crack up laughing about the land of Spare Oom and the city of War Drobe:-) Delightful drawing of Mr. Tumnus by the lamppost, and I love your hares too! I will be back:-)

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