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Snowy Winters

Remember real snowy winters? Throwing snowballs, making snowmen, building igloos out of packed ice, sledging down slopes as if ready for take-off over the trees? Happy memories as vivid as yesterday.

There’s nothing more spectacular than witnessing hills covered with an almost surreal, shining, twinkling snow, brightening the shortest of days. Clouds with a misty yellow hue heralding more snow. Large snowflakes; crystalline beauty creating fairytale wishes come true. St. Catherine’s Hill, blessed with a dramatic copse of trees; leafless, replaced by snow hugging trunks and branches, as if clothing them for the winter chill; affording a different perspective with distant views beyond, glistening and sparkling in the sunlight. Nearby, the banks of the River Itchen, evergreen bushes adorned with snow. A muffled silence as the snow deepens, forming a blanket of serenity and wonder.

From the top of St. Giles’ Hill opens forth a magical vista of Winchester’s center, King Alfred the Great’s statue endorsing the majesty of England’s former capital. Such scenic beauty may never be forgotten or taken for granted.

Image credit: Peter Facey / River Itchen after snow, Winchester

Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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