At winter’s advent, a reminder of its beauty and magic.  May you be safe and warm within the stronghold. 

For another fine description of its harshness and splendour, see James Rebanks.


‘This is winter,’ he declaimed. ‘Winter’s stronghold.  But winter brings joys unsung and untold.’ 


Source: Kevin Crossley-Holland, Heartsong, illus. by Jane Ray (London: Orchard Books, 2015), p. 45

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