Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ABC Wednesday

The letter this week is W

And W is for 'Winsome'

winsome adj

charming, winning, engaging  a winsome smile
[OLD ENGLISH]  wynsum, ffrom wynn (joy) related to Old High German wunnia German wonne + sum (some)
winsomely  adv
winsomeness n

So here are a few 'winsome' smiles

A parody on Winston Cigarettes

although what is sweet and innocent and charming here is not apparent

Here is the Winsome Rose, and below a daylily called the  Winsome Lady, both quite enchanting

Robbie Burns wrote a poem in praise of his Wife, who was a Winsome Wee thing....

My Wife's a Winsome Wee Thing

She is a winsome wee thing
She is a handsome wee thing
She is a bonnie wee thing
This sweet wee wife o' mine.

I never saw a fairer,
I never lo'ed a dearer,
And next my heart I'll wear her.
For fear my jewel tine.

She is a winsome wee thing,
She is a handsome wee thing.
She is a bonnie wee thing.
This sweet wee wife o' mine.

The World's wrack we share o't.
The warstle and the care o't.
Wi' her I'll blythly bear it.
And think my lot divine.
Robert Burns  1759-1796

and in conclusion

a winsome President

For more takes on the letter W wind your way over to ABC Wednesday
and see what Mrs. Nesbitt and her crew have
so kindly offered.


photowannabe said...

A very Winsome post today. Its always a delight to come here and learn new things. Have a wonderful week and holiday time.

Barbara said...

Wonderful winsome images :O)

Gigi Ann said...

What a Way to learn about the Word Winsome. Loved the images of the Winsome pets and people.

Sylvia K said...

A delightful, Winsome post for the day! And as always, I learn something new like everyone else!! Have a wonderful week and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


RuneE said...

I have heard of a "Winsome Wench", so... :-)

Cezar and Léia said...

So very interesting idea for this W theme, I need to confess that I didn't know this word, thanks so much!
I loved your cute pictures!

Nanka said...

Warm Wishes and Loved the wonderful winsome post.

Roger Owen Green said...

love the cigarettes, in particular. My father used to smoke Winston cigarettes before he quit.
good post.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

LisaF said...

Your winsome smiles are really cute! Love the flower captures and the winsome look on George W's face made me giggle. What an eclectic mix. :-)

Reader Wil said...

Winsome is a great word and certainly fit for the pets and the flowers! Thank you.
Thank you for your visit too! Have a great week!

Tumblewords: said...

Great winsomes...!

Ann said...

came via Reader's wil's site that you wish to visit Australia. Australia is my second home.

When my mum first arrived to live in Oz, they were living in the hills of the Gold coast. My brother had a big section, almost a small farm. But he didn't grow anything.

Mum made dad dig a big patch for her and she grew corn. Mum used the precious Oz water, and when the corn was 3 inches tall, mum was so happy.

My sis-in-law ( Kiwi gal) heard mum went ##@@$$!!!!. She thought my parents were arguing.

Mum was cursing the kangaroos who ate all her crop.

ChrisJ said...

What a lovely 'w'! I do appreciate your comments on Roger's blog about weddings. And you are so brave to post George W! I try to avoid controversy, but sometimes you just have to say what you think -- but we should be WINSOME in the way we say it.

VioletSky said...

winsome is one of my favourite words. don't get to use it very often, unfortunately.

jabblog said...

This is a lovely post with wonderful photographs. Winsome is such an attractive adjective :-)

The Weaver of Grass said...

An interesting word, Hildred, because it is so rarely used these days. Nice photographs too. Have a happy Christmas.

helenmac said...

a winning post, too!
Thank you for the lovely photos and the Burns poem!
Helen Mac, ABC team

Dimple said...

I really enjoyed your interpretation of winsome, Hildred. I especially liked the poem.

The image of the former president is quite something--he is smiling on half his face, and serious on the other half. I covered it half way on each side, and the difference is striking!

Cheryl said...

What a sweet W post. I guess I wouldn't have called W winsome.

Carver said...

Winsome is a great idea for the W word. Wonderful shots, poem and narrative.

Wanda said...

This was a very informative "Winsome" post. Love all the photos.

Merry Christmas!!

Rinkly Rimes said...

We don't hear the word 'winsome' often these days but you managed to capture facets of it beautifully.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Another well thought out post for ABC Hildred. I really enjoyed all those winsome smiles.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and Charles and your family a happy and peaceful Christmas with all good wishes for the coming year. A x

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I couldn't find a place to comment on the post above this one -- it was beautiful, as is your Christmas header! Merry Christmas and thanks for your blog, which is a gift!!

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