It was a snowy winter in Marshwood, Dorset and we weren’t able to go to school for a couple of days because the school bus couldn’t manage those icy roads.

Walking up the hill from ‘Thimble cottage’ where we lived, I looked out at the stunning scenery where fields and hills were silently covered in a thick white blanket. I was filled with a sense of peace and revitalization, all at the same time. Even Pilsdon hill – a treasure trove for busy archeologists, was looking particularly splendid and untouched that morning.

I noticed a cluster of soft white snowdrops peeping though the deep, frozen layer of hedgy bank by the roadside. In awe of those courageous little blossoms, I stopped, stared, and gently touched the delicate petals; in that moment of instant responsiveness I knew that fresh life would always reach out to touch our human heart. These small and fragile flowers have the inherent strength to herald the comforting whisper of springtime; this must have given numerous individuals over eons of time, a small yet unmistakable window of optimism.

I do believe that nature offers mankind, countless symbols of hope in an often-testing world.

This is a short narrative from my book about childhood memories


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This is just a short narrative about snowdrops and the symbolic joy and inspiration they give us when they appear after a long cold winter. The beginning of Spring and new life!! This was a special and meaningful moment of ‘light’ in my teenage life, when I saw these snowdrops.


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A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.


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  • rasim1
    rasim1over 4 years ago

    Excellent memories.Well done.Thanks for sharing.All the best,Rasim

  • thankyou so much Rasim!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • RoseMarie747
    RoseMarie747over 4 years ago


    Thank you Charmiene for this lovely story ….a fav…

  • RoseMarie – this picture you just posted here moves me so deeply – those eyes speak so much – what an incredible art – I really love it!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Thank you, Sita, I haven’t seen snowdrops in years.

  • I do love snowdrops – and in England they are such a welcoming sight!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 4 years ago

    Just so beautiful all my love always….n.j.

  • thankyou so very very much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Munggo
    Munggoover 4 years ago


  • thankyou so very much Steve!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    What lovely descriptions, I envy you growing up in surroundings like that. I used to love missing school because of the snow. I love missing work because of the snow too! Tee hee :D

  • thanks so much Zoe!! Its funny because in Switzerland the snow didn’t stop anyone – btu I remember in England when we couldn’t get to school because if snow!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • thankyou so so much!!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceover 4 years ago

    This is such a beautiful expression of hope, dear Sita. How beautifully you paint thoughts into our minds. Your words are magic!!!

  • Marjie I am so grateful for your kindness, friendship and your beautiful soul!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorover 4 years ago


  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Beautifully written!
    I love snowdrops, not that I see them where we live now ….

  • thankyou so much Trish!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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