January certainly lives up to its bad reputation! Whereas we sat outside until the new year, we’re now huddled up against the stove searching warmth and comfort. Our December window made way for the January window exploring shades of grey and brown. A fallen willow in the woods supplied this week’s vase. Dried and dead bracken leaves adorn a ribbon – fragile, beautiful silhouettes against the grey sky. Icicles catch the light. The vase is a bottle of wine (1952) which we drank with friends after my book launch in September. Thanks to Cathy for hosting the meme – I don’t take part that often but always enjoy it immensely. It’s a great inspiration to see what others come up with, so do check out their vases here. Happy Monday 🙂
The Twelve Months by George Ellis
Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,
Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy.
Dried grasses and other plants make lovely vases especially when photographed in good light. I liked how you played with the images; really interesting results.
thank you, Christina, I’m also quite pleased with the light and bokeh 🙂
A creative construction Annette with a container that will always hold memories. Lovely photographs.
thanks, Susie, that’s why we hang on to the bottle 🙂
What delightful photographs, Annette – although of course that is what we would expect from someone of your calibre 😉 It was good to hear from you today and I hope that your book is doing well and that you and Monsieur are both in fine fettle after all your physical efforts last year
Thanks, Cathy, the book’s doing well and as for Monsieur and myself, we’ve had a bit of tough luck health-wise but come spring it’ll hopefully be all forgotten!
Take care of each other Annette – hope you are both fighting fit again soon
How cozy that looks. Just the view to enjoy from a seat as you curl up with a book near the stove!
we have to make the best out of it, Frank, and bring some light into the dark 😉
I love how textural these photos are.
A wonderful post Annette with that perfect poem and the stunning vase…love your choice of plant material….gorgeous pictures too!
Thanks, Donna, all so simple and yet quite pretty and apt for the month. 🙂
Love that poem!
The willow branch couldn’t have a better vase – it’s a perfect pairing!
I love the willows, how was the wine??
thank you, not bad for its age 😉
That’s a beautiful arrangement with the light filtering through the bracken leaves. It reminds me of my first encounter with „Fensterschmuck“ in a tiny gift shop in Baden Württemberg about 25 years ago – the word alone is precious and I have adored it ever since! Hope you have a good fire going tonight like we have…. It’s freeeezing here! 😉
Thanks, Cathy, and it’s a word that one can hardly translate without loosing the magic on the way. Not freezing here but sooo grey, I’m sick of it. 😦
Very artistic, as always. I hope your bottle tasted as good as its year suggests?
You see when the wine gets to that age enjoyment has a lot to do with sentimentality and cherishing tradition and memories. It was the last bottle of a vintage year when my husband was born and we thought the book launch and the fact that our friend is a professional wine expert are the perfect occasion. 🙂
Fabulous! Sounds perfect
Simplicity but so lovely Annette … love the image, light and tones 😀
thanks, Julie, I was also very pleased with the pics 🙂
Me too …
Lovely photos of course and how lovely the outline of the bracken against the light is. Keep warm.
A charming post, I like the way you’ve presented the dried bracken fronds, their remains look fragile and beautiful.
Thank you, Kate, lots of beauty to be found in simple things 🙂