SNOW … and Chinese Portraits

I didn’t intend to start this post with snow, however …

… however, we had our first snowfall of the season last night and snow is still a big deal for me, even though I’ve been in Canada now for six years and a few odd months on the side. Growing up in a country where it never snowed, (except on a few isolated plateaus and mountaintops, and Tasmania!) living in a country where it always snows is a wondrous magical gift.

The first time I saw snow was in 1991. I was 29-ish. I had moved to a place called the Blue Mountains that summer, and although I knew intellectually that it sometimes snowed up there in winter I wasn’t prepared for the visceral impact seeing it would have on me.

The morning of that first fall I ran into the park next to my house and stood as still as I could, watching those fairy-tale flakes fall around me. The world grew so silent I thought my heart would burst. Then I laughed and cried and laughed some more. Not much has changed.

And now, without further ado … On with what I did intend to write about.

Chinese portraits!

Not a portrait of a Chinese person but as an abstract artistic depiction of a person or personality.

I’d done a few of these types of  ‘If you were a …’ questionnaires but never heard of them called by this name before.

I came across this one reading  Faith Hunter’s blog yesterday and was so taken with it, I’m writing my own. As soon as I figure out my answers I’ll post ’em here.

You can read how she describes herself here, but give it a try yourself. Here are the questions:

If you were a quality?

If you were a flaw?

If you were a work of art?

If you were a sound?

If you were a song/music?

If you were a word?

If you were a book?

If you were a motto/a quotation?

If you were a movie?

If you were a time period?

If you were a personage of fiction?

If you were an animal?

If you were a mythological being or supernatural creature?

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And a few words of wisdom for the upcoming festive season.

“Never eat more than you can lift.” – Miss Piggy

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6 comments on “SNOW … and Chinese Portraits

  1. clarbojahn says:

    After a winter like last, when we had snow on the ground from December to April, I am looking forward to a warmer one with less snow. We have had the loveliest fall here in Leesburg VA..USA , that I can ever remember. The weather has stayed in the 60’s farhenheit for most of the season and it has hardly frosted. I do like freezing temperatures for some of the winter to clean the air and some snow is OK. But there is no complaints from me over the nice autumn we’ve had.

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  2. clarbojahn says:

    What was the country that you grew up in, that never had snow?

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    • Widdershins says:

      Australia. No snow except in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales and Victoria, a bit in the Blue Mountains, where I lived for a while, and Tasmania, the island to the south of the continent

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  3. clarbojahn says:

    Where do you live now , that has snow already? Canada?

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    • Widdershins says:

      Yep…. West Coast (Lower mainland) A very nice intro to winter after last year’s non-event … having a bit more as I write…. One of the main reasons I moved here

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  4. The last few years, snow has fallen on our low mountains here. It disappears quickly though. So, I’m still very much in awe with snow, as well as am glad I don’t live in snow country. I’m such a wuss.

    Those are tough questions. I think I’ll join you and answer them. Post to come one day soon. Thanks, Widdershins. 🙂

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