The Five Most Beautiful Things in the World This Week
This new feature is designed to inspire you to look at the world around you, to take note of the season at hand and to capture it – in memory or on film – for posterity. I will be choosing five photos each week for Beekman1802.com with this aim in mind. We’re calling the feature, The Five Most Beautiful Things In The World This Week. This week, it’s all about enjoying that final retreat before winter’s end.

As the season boldly clings to our upturned collars and curled toes, winter’s memories are warmer than we expect. Retreat to the warmth of the kitchen and revel here a little longer. The gusto of spring and all of its ‘to-dos’ unfurl quickly, pushing us out into the sunlight with a hurried urgency. Listen to the silence for a moment and remember.

White are the far-off fields, and white
The fading forests grow;
The wind dies out along the heights,
And denser still the snow
A gathering weight on roof and tree,
Falls down scarce audibly

The meadows and far-sheeted streams
Lie still without a sound;
Like some soft minister of dreams
The snow-fall hoods me around;
In wood and water, earth and air
Silence is everywhere

Save when at lonely spells
Some farmer’s sleigh, urged on,
With rustling runners and sharp bells
Swings by me and is gone;
From the empty space I hear
A sound remote and clear
The barking of a dog,
To cattle, is sharply pealed,
Borne echoing from some wayside stall
Or barnyard far afield;
Then all is silent and the snow falls
Settling soft and slow

The evening deepens and the grey
Folds closer round the sky
The world seems shrouded,
so far away.
Its noises sleep, and I as secret as
Yon buried stream plod dumbly on
and dream.

I dream….

 

PHOTOS:

1. Round House in Little Thetford, England, near Ely; tourism brochure
2. Man: photographer unknown from the D.S Dundee catalog
3. Bed: photo by William Hereford for Kinfolk magazine
4. Pommegranates: photographer unknown; from photoproblem.tumblr.com
5. Hot chocolate: photographer unknown: from browndresswithwhitedots.tumblr.com

Poem “Snow” by Archibald Lampman, 1887

Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest

 

by Andrew

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ConnieW.

Love it! Beautiful! This made me feel like I was IN the poem, experiencing all the feelings that it evokes. Printed it out. Thank you.

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Carole Risler

This is a very inspiring project. I truly love the photo's. I live in Ma., in the country among many conservation trails. We have had some fantastic snowstorms here. The poem Snow certainly brought back many a memory. Love this Blog and will be a follower and pass it on to my friends.

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Andrew

Thanks, everyone! Shelley, that's great that you'll be sharing the poem! It's one of my favourites, immortalized by singer Loreena McKennitt. You should hear it set to music! It's lovely.

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Shelley

Thank you for the beautiful poem! My 7th grade writing students are composing nature poems right now and I'll be sharing Snow with them in the morning.

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Robin

Just beautiful. Love the photos they are very romantic.After reading and looking at photos you can hear the silence of laying in the snow at night.

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Lara

#2 looks like Brent with a beard. So obviously you should take advantage of your new-fallen snow, have Brent grow a beard and photograph for a side-by-side comparison. Plus, beards are in these days, right (proof: above photo)…

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