April Snows


South Field Herd on Plateau Snows (Click picture for larger version)

The weather doesn’t seem to be able to make up its mind. All day it has been switching back and forth between snow and sunshine. Yesterday’s Snow Maker isn’t enough to account for this…
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We woke up to a fresh coating of white and then it looked like the sky would clear completely. Then it started snowing flakes almost 2″ across. It isn’t uncommon for us to get snow at night in this season but our days have mostly been warming and melting of the snow pack. The pigs don’t seem to mind. They’re playing out in the snow fields.

I went down off the mountain this week and amazingly in the valley they had no snow. The nearby city of Barre was snow free and even long before we got there. We see this transition driving down and south each week to the butcher. If I’m not doing deliveries sometimes I’ll go for months without leaving the mountain so the difference is a bit of a shocker.

This photo is from near the south end of the south field plateau section three looking back over the south field herd’s winter paddock to Sugar Mountain and then Knox Mountain further back to the right. You can see the butcher shop and old farm house in the near distance to the right. Our cottage is at a similar distance in the middle left. In the summer I’ll grow pumpkins and other things on the plateau, a winter paddock, to feed the herds in the coming fall and winter. For more views of that area in other seasons, as well as photographic proof that the color green exists, check out these posts:

Plateau Pumpkins
Field Layout
Warm Spring
Rootless in Vermont

Outdoors: 43°F/25°F Sunny and Snowy
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/62°F

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5 Responses to April Snows

  1. Zephyr Hill says:

    You’ll finally be having spring while we’re sweltering in a Georgia summer down here! It looks like the pigs take it all in stride.

  2. DrFood says:

    Woke up to snow on the ground this morning in Wisconsin. I am so ready for spring–now if it would just show up and stick around!

  3. Nance says:

    I’m ready for Spring too. I can’t wait to get in the garden and dig in the dirt but because we had drought last summer, I am reining in my impatience. I am trying to appreciate every snow and rain amount. Every year the experts tell us (here in Iowa) not to plant our non-hardy vegetables and flowers until Mother’s Day. Usually we cheat and plant in April; this year I will heed that advise.

  4. Peter says:

    I note, just for laughs, that the trees seem awfully plumb in the background. :-)

  5. Lynn Glazer says:

    love the picture! it sure looks like our part of the world… we got 3-4 inches yesterday and they call for another 15-20 inches tomorrow!! hopefully this will be the last snowfall and then we can start planing spring lol :)

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