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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
CREATIVE WRITER + STORYTELLER - AUTHOR - CHAMPIONING POSITIVITY, EMPATHY, AND KINDNESS. For three decades, engaged in software and services sector recruitment for American companies seeking to set up operations in Europe. Based in Britain and the Netherlands, a most enjoyable aspect being the privilege of co-operating with individuals from countries including France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Now my energy is directed towards voluntary involvement, including creative writing for a Community Magazine and other community activities. Further, as a volunteer at Winchester Cathedral, I welcome visitors from all over the world. I am also actively involved in introducing visitors to the famous 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition'. An absolute delight. Literally walking through history. Winchester Cathedral, a 1000-year-old icon makes me feel rather younger than reality! It allows me to engage with people the world over regardless of nationality or faith. My Mom was Christian and my Dad, Jewish. And there are many anecdotes on that special topic! I gain inspiration and energy engaging with like-minded individuals around the world; writing extensively on Linkedin and blogs on Carol Campos' The Divine Breadcrumb website. Carol is an inspirational soul coach. Although 'retired' from front line business I maintain regular contact with former colleagues and clients. Happiness is indeed engaging with people of many nationalities and cultures. Over the years I have built up a treasured and very special international 'network' of genuine, empathetic Friends where weekly or even daily comments and opinions are exchanged. Enjoying creative writing; from the heart. with 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 that convey and project reality. Other essays, articles, and blogs include vivid accounts of former days' experiences. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become a reality in the mind; the reader's imagination 'transported' to the Universe of light and wonder. My creative and often emotionally charged writing is vivid whether describing the surreal 'Son et Lumiere' at the Grand Place in Brussels, flying around Europe describing the memorable experiences of brasseries and restaurants in many cities. Imagination becomes a reality. The past becomes the present in the mind's eye. Kindness is a word that is used more than ever. And is ever more important. I am an active promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign; #kindclub wearing the wrist band with pride and spreading Kindness with enthusiasm.

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