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?


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

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

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.


  2. clarbojahn says:

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


    • 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


  3. clarbojahn says:

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


    • 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


  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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