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…
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:
Outdoors: 43°F/25°F Sunny and Snowy
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/62°F
Daily Spark: Sign: Beware of Dyslexic God.