Winter’s tale

For those who haven’t read about the challenge, here is the link to the post with details –
Season’s favorite challenge.

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Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

"Pamporovo" - ski resort area next to my home town in Bulgaria.

If it wasn’t for the cold in winter, I could love it. The white fairytale of snow, the song of flakes … looking at it through the windows it’s magical! If only there wasn’t the cold …


– Word –

Dismally – causing gloom or dejection; gloomy; dreary; cheerless; obsolete.

Even with a negative meaning, I like the sound of the word. Like in winter, even with the cold there is some beauty in the snow.

– Quote –

“Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. When each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me.” ~ Stephenie Meyer

– Poem –

A Winter Dawn

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Above the marge of night a star still shines,
And on the frosty hills the sombre pines
Harbor an eerie wind that crooneth low
Over the glimmering wastes of virgin snow.

Through the pale arch of orient the morn
Comes in a milk-white splendor newly-born,
A sword of crimson cuts in twain the gray
Banners of shadow hosts, and lo, the day!

– Book –

“Nana” by Emile Zola.

I know “Germinal is considered to be Zola’s masterpiece, but I personally love “Nana”. The ninth installment in the 20-volume Les Rougon-Macquart series, the story of Nana Coupeau’s rise from streetwalker to high-class cocotte during the last three years of the French Second Empire. The story doesn’t have a good end, Nana dies a horrible death from smallpox. And exactly this tragic and cold end makes me think of Winter … but reading Emile Zola is a delight!

– Song –

I enjoy mostly classical music in Winter, somehow it makes the days warmer and a bit longer, tasting sweet.

– Movie –

“The Cutting Edge” – Two dreams are shattered. Doug Dorsey gets injured in an Olympic hockey game in Calgary and the doctors say he can no longer play professionally. In the same time Kate Moseley- a figure skater – fails the gold … But somehow life gives them another chance and makes Doug and Kate partners on the ice. Dangerous skating routines, funny moments and a spray of love will lead them to the top!

Ice skating is my favorite sport not only in Winter and I love movies about ice-skating. I’ve seen “The cutting Edge” dozen times and still it’s the same enjoybale and spirit-lifting movie! There are four or five different versions of the movie, but the original one from 1992 with Moira Kelly and D.B.Sweeney is my favorite and the one that’s really specially made.

“The king of hockey and America’s ice queen just became a team!”

And I can’t just not share the last scene from the movie … so apologies for the over-crowded with videos post!

– Town –

I think I’d have the best winter in New York, I’ve heard it’s magical to be there … Let’s hope one day I’ll manage to visit! From the places I’ve been the best winter is at home for Christmas with my family. It’s much easier to swallow the cold when you’re with your loved ones!

– Animal –


The Eagle
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls

– Flower –

Glory of the snow

courtesy BBC gardening online site

– Food –

Cider chicken with tagliatelle

  • 400 g tagliatelle
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400 g chicken breasts, skinless, cut into chunks
  • 210 ml dry cider
  • 1 1/2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 15 g butter
  • 1 large leek, halved lengthways and finely sliced across
  • 80 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp chives, snipped to garnish

Cook tagliatelle to packet instructions.  Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry chicken for 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden all round.  Add cider and mustard.  Season and simmer for 5-7minutes until slightly reduced.

Melt butter in a pan, add remaining oil and cook leek for 3 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes. Add leek and mushrooms to chicken, stir in cream and simmer for 2 minutes. Toss cider chicken with tagliatelle.  Garnish with chives.

– Image –

Albena and Maxim - Bulgarian Ice skating couple. World champions in 2007.

Thank you everyone for taking part in the challenge and to the rest of you that will just read! Please leave the link to your posts in the comment section, you will have one week / July 23- July 30/ to do that. If you wish to read how others formed their thoughts into a season’s post, have a look at the comment section, I will make sure to include everyone joining! If you wish to see how the first part of the challenge was, click on Spring’s favorite, Summer’s favorite, Autumn.

Stay tuned for the next post on July the 30th – All time favorite


© 2011  Broken Sparkles


22 Responses to “Winter’s tale”

  1. eclipseofthemoon Says:

    Once again – an excellent take Blaga. Gorgeous image of a winter in your home town….the snow indeed seems magical there. Winter is one of my favorite seasons with its white beauty and the tranquility that it brings. Virginia Wolf said it so perfectly:
    * Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter’s evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day*
    *Nana* – an extremely sad story of Zola…it really fits the concept of winter in the sense of ending….and your choice of music, just brilliant. :)
    Hugs & Love

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Oh, I didn’t know that saying by Virginia Wolf, but somehow is what I like about winter, the sounds in the quietness and the passion in the whiteness … As I said if it wasn’t the cold, I’d love it! Thanks for everything, honestly it’s a pleasure to have you around! Blessings! Love back :)

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  3. Cherlyn Says:

    I love figure skating too – I’m so envious of those talented athletes, making something so difficult look so graceful and beautiful! The recipes sounds tastey, thanks for sharing with us! :)

    Here’s mine!:

  4. liv2write2day Says:

    Beautiful choices…especially the eagle. Here is mine, Blaga:

    It’s possible I may not be able to connect next week as I’ll be with iffy Internet access. I’ll do my best. It’s been a fun challenge but it will be so hard to choose an all-time favorite!

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Victoria it’s always a pleasure to have you around, I’ve been more than honored that you participate in my challenge, but no worries if you miss the last part! There’s no obligations! Let us enjoy the time in the blogging world and not define it with “must” and “have”! Thanks a lot!

  5. mish Says:

    Hi Blaga ~ I love all your winter pics , especially the one of Pamporovo … it’s simply breathtaking ! Coming from a hot & humid climate , where we don’t experience snow makes all the snowy pics almost surreal !
    As a classically-trained pianist (but that was many , many , many years ago … ) , I love the Vivaldi excerpt …
    I also love watching the figure skating on tele …
    Winter is not my favourite season but I wanted to give it a go , here is my contribution …

  6. dragonkatet Says:

    Wow, Blaga, those were fabulous choices! We both chose the same flower (it’s a beauty, for sure!) and I SO agree with you about the season being better if it weren’t so darned cold! Brrrr! :) lol. I loved the eagle picture and poem by Tennyson – they went together perfectly! Anyway, here is my submission:

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      Yes, one thing I can’t stand and fight is the cold! That’s why summer is my favorite season, there is no way I’ll feel cold during summer … but winter has a certain beauty and I can’t deny it! Thanks Corina for your list of favorites! Hugs!

  7. Leo Says:

    Hi Blaga. Winter is not a season I hate. I’ve not seen the temp dip below 15 till now, but still, summer with too much perspiration is one I don’t prefer :) love the image, it is such a beautiful flower. I’m on mobile, can’t see any of d videos now :( will come by again when my net at home is 5n :)

    my winter post is here.

  8. Jamie Dedes Says:

    Simply glorious winter images even though it’s not your fave. Wonderful selection of poems, music, movie. Haven’t seen it, but now I’ll look into it. I feel the same as you do about ice skating. Could watch for hours and would have loved to do more than just skate around the rink – Rockefeller Center in Manhattan – when I was young.

    You would not be disappointed in New York, but family time IS best … Yes, indeed! :-)

    Interesting that you included Zola. Have mixed feelings about him, but have not read his entire opus. Perhaps I should.

    Beautifully done. Hope to catch up on my blog soon and get my “seasons” post up.

    Happy days. And, again, thanks for hosting this. A delight …

    • Jamie Dedes Says:

      … Yes! And thanks for the recipe. Yum! :-)

      • Broken Sparkles Says:

        The cold usually doesn’t really give me the chance to love … If it wasn’t for the cold I’d have winter as the most beautiful season! I’ve seen Zola’s books into movies and after that I’ve read the books and I don’t know, I like him very much … despite the tragic stories he has.Thank you Jamie! For everything!

  9. Jingle Says:

    stunning imagery on winter, you never fail to impress.


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