Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fire



Now that things have finally cooled off here, 'tis the season to sit by the fire.

Our house is a little chilly during the day and really chilly at night, but we have not broken down and turned the heat on yet. Evening fires in the cozy den provide just the right amount of warmth after dinner. I always have good intentions to "read by the fire," but once I get the fire going all I can manage to do is sit and gaze at it.

I have been mesmerized by fire all my life, and my fascination seems only to grow over time. If it is true that we have past lives, I think that one of mine was during the period when fire was first discovered.

I do so love a fire.

8 comments:

willow said...

We haven't had a fire yet. WT is traveling and I want to have the first one with him. I love to sit and gaze into the fire. So therapeutic. Your's looks lovely. I can't wait!

Barbara said...

It looks like you have the real thing. When we remodeled our house, we put a gas fireplace in the family room because neither of us is very adept at starting a fire. It provides warmth, but the smell and feel of a "real" fire is missing. I love the smell of aromatic wood.

Val said...

ahh a real fire - nothing like it. Imagine what a difference it made to our cave dwelling ancestors!? The smell of woodsmoke from African hardwoods is right up there with the top best smells - so evocative and comforting and mesmerising - one of the best parts of winter! enjoy

Reya Mellicker said...

fabulous pic! I look forward to sitting next to your fire sometime this winter, drinking tea, gazing.

never thought about it, but I bet it is hard to read by the fire.

Merle Sneed said...

Very nice image. When it dips into the 60s around here we crank up the fireplace! Ha!

virtual voyage said...

The photo is so effective... we turned the heat on low a couple of weeks ago as we don't have a back up.
Used to have coal fires up North, and know the feeling exactly.

Pod said...

there's not much better than reading by the fire after dinner!

Aileen said...

This does remind me how much I miss real fireplaces. My fireplace turns on with a flip of a switch, just not the same...