Your roses won’t thaw Your horses grow icicles Your sleigh doesn’t play jingle bells You’re simply not dressed to make a snow angel Your stove makes the house way too hot… but it’s too cold to stand around outside. And your kid don’t wanna snowshoe: The characters from the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real wish you a warm, safe January, 2021! Continue reading Very Victorian #Winter Problems
This #NewYear’s read Hansel and Gretel: Inside the House of Candy for a sugar-snow treat. It’s a contemporary re-telling of the fairy tale, with a teenage Gretel and Hansel (who may have murdered more than the witch), a dysfunctional family, a mysterious older woman…and a lot of candy! Continue reading Orphans in the Snow
David Copperfield appears as a character in Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy. Some people say that Copperfield’s original creator, Charles Dickens, popularized the idea of a white Christmas–having written A Christmas Carol during a particularly stormy winter. Being then something of an expert on the subject, David gives us three variations of Victorian snow-related themes: 1. The #Snow Baby: a miniature figurine, in the shape of an infant or small child, engaged in some winter activity. The figure’s snowsuit is often covered in tiny pieces of crushed bisque which appear to glitter like snowflakes. The first snow babies were … Continue reading Snow Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
Heidi was “conceived” in 1880 just in time for the snow globe craze. The first snow globe probably appeared at the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition; a local glassware company took the paperweight one step further with an objects like “paper weights of hollow balls filled with water, containing a man with an umbrella.” When you shook this ‘paperweight’ white powder fell in imitation of snow. What fun! Austrian inventor Erwin Perzy is, however, considered the father of the snow globe. Trying to perfect the lightbulb–make a brighter version to be used in medical surgeries–he happened upon a better way to … Continue reading Let It #Snow Globe
“When the March sun began to melt the snow on the slopes, the first snowdrops came out”–quote from Heidi The snowdrop that Heidi would have seen blooming in the Swiss Alps represents the common genus; there are twenty other varieties. But Heidi, a character in Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy, has always known that simple things are best. Known to flower as early as January, the little snowdrop poking its way out of the cold creates an image that is both pure and hardy. According to one folk legend, the first snowdrop appeared when an angel saw Eve, cast out … Continue reading A Most Angelic Flower
Celebrate 2017 with free week of The Grace of the Hunchback by Annabelle Troy Jan. 2-6 https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Hunchback-story-Marie-Taglioni-ebook/dp/B00L1RWQ7Q Radiant 19th century ballerina Marie Taglioni leaps from tragedy to triumph! Meanwhile, enjoy this ethereal Basho haiku: If there were fragrance these heavy snowflakes settling… Lilies on the rocks Continue reading Ballerina on the Rocks