Wednesday Vignette – travel in time

I admit it – I forgot it was Wednesday, and time for a Vignette. I had too much fun last night – I went night-skiing with a friend. There were 10″ of new, white, fluffy snow, and wide, open slopes with temperatures hovering just enough under freezing so that it wasn’t wet. It was wonderful!

We took a couple of breaks in the old Warming Hut mid-mountain. It features a big fireplace to dry out in front of, a bar in which to get wet again, rustic tables, chairs and benches to hang out, and a resident cat named Callie. The walls are adorned with photographs of skiers from the Hut’s early days in the late 30’s and 40’s, and other mountain memento. It is too cozy for words.


Meanwhile, in the garden, the rhubarb is peeking up through the wet, cold soil, as are daffodils and crocus. The signs are promising, but also give me leave to spend my free time skiing – for as long as weather conditions allow. Spring is not quite here yet, but the battle between the seasons has certainly begun. And, as always, we know who will win in the end. It’s just a matter of time ๐Ÿ™‚


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path Iโ€™ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that Iโ€™m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in lifeโ€™s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. Iโ€™m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. Itโ€™s that contrast thing againโ€ฆ An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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22 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – travel in time

  1. That sounds like fun and the hut does indeed look very cozy. I am enjoying seeing the signs of spring.

    • annamadeit says:

      I do too, Phillip! For as much as I appreciate the higher elevations holding on to winter a little longer, I really do like to see the garden deciding to call it over.

  2. That looks amazing! Where were you skiing? I need that hut in my life. And I worship rhubarb ๐Ÿ™‚

    • annamadeit says:

      This is at the top of Lower Bowl at a resort called Skibowl, on Mt. Hood. It’s less than an hour and a half from my house, so I’m fortunate enough to be able to go up there a lot. Lucky me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Great picture of the warming hut, one more reason to enjoy the charms of winter.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks! It feels like a very exclusive place. Not only is it covered in snow – it is also the perfect place to forget the ills of the world. Just like being in my garden, being up there does wonders for my mental wellbeing.

  4. That “hut” is pretty much the last place you’d ever find me – but you do make it sound so cozy and inviting! My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      You know, you don’t even have to ski there… You could take the lift up, and just hike down to it. Surprise me! I just know you would love the view from up there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. That hut looks like something from a storybook. I’m glad you got out and had a good time! My WD this week has a fiery element:

    • annamadeit says:

      The whole idea of night-skiing has this aura of magic surrounding it. It’s so quiet, solitary, and precious. An evening there makes for a nice story, for sure!

  6. hb says:

    The warming hut is charming, and being photographed in the night…great job!

    My vignette this week also celebrates winter–well, our version, which I guess could be called “winter” instead of winter. How about an early spring for the PNW, and a late one for So Cal? Deal?

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks! Honestly, I’m having so much fun spending time on the mountain that I want it to last a little while longer, and NOT happen too early. All that hot weather can wait!

  7. Evan Bean says:

    Night skiing sounds like fun! The snow can stay up in the mountains from now on. No more down here, please.

    My WV is mixed into this long post:

  8. Alison says:

    There are not many signs of spring out in my snow-covered garden. My WV this week is more pictures from Disneyland. It’s here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Alison – you still have snow??? Wow… It’s all gone here, and I haven’t cleared out half of the debris from the storms we had. Oh well, one of these days…

  9. rickii says:

    This makes me nostalgic for my skiing days but I did feel like we had a winter vacation in a ski lodge without ever leaving home.

    • annamadeit says:

      It was gloriously and gleamingly white and beautiful on the home turf for a few days, wasn’t it? Mind you, the benefit of mountain snow is that you don’t have to shovel – a definite positive!

  10. gravylessons says:

    Your post made me wish that I knew how to ski, just so I could go visit that warming lodge. I’ll have to go take a peek at my rhubarb now.

    • annamadeit says:

      Ha! As I said to Loree – you actually don’t have to ski to visit it. You can just ride the lift up, and hike down a little bit. After that, you are as welcome as any skier to indulge in a hot bowl of soup, or a glass of wine in front of the fire. If you’re lucky, the cat will seek your lap out, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. That cabin looks fabulous! How wonderful to get away and just have fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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