January Snow

Old Towne Grove Chapel, Groveland, IL

We expect snow in January.  When it covers our rural landscape in pristine white, we can appreciate the beauty, in spite of the inconvenience.

The wedding chapel on our farmstead seems appropriately dressed in white as two thousand weddings have been held in its diminutive interior and surrounding garden.  Although white is traditional, brides prefer the flowers and green grass of June over January’s snow and cold temperatures.   

I walked the farmstead snapping a few pictures, before the snow loses its untouched perfection.  For this glorious moment, the chapel sits like a cake topper on whipped cream frosting.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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