Cottage in Blanket of April Snow
Yesterday I was speaking with someone on the phone and mentioned that virtually all of our snow was finally melted. He said where he was it had been gone for a month. Then this morning I awoke to 4″ of new snow and it snowed another inch in the morning while I worked on fencing and stone walls around the far edge of the north field.
Upper Pond – Pre-Snow
This is what the world looked like before today’s snow…
Farm Panorama Post-Snow – Click for huge version.
…and this is what it looked like when we woke up this morning. Click the image above for a 4096 pixel wide (392KB) high resolution version and follow the quick farm tour.
On the far left is our tiny cottage, the dog house which was a model for building our cottage and our delivery van. Behind the cottage you can see the grove of pines and wolf maples where the kids’ tree house and trolly shoot over mystery pond. Further back behind the tree line are the newly cleared fields, Sugar Mountain and the old north field along the road.
Birch Tree & Butcher Shop
To the right of the van is the driveway leading down to Riddle Pond Road and our old farm house which is the site of our new butcher shop project. In the distance you can see the marshes, Knox Mtn and Butterfield Mtn.
Maple Tree Tap
Continuing rightward is the lower pond, for pig pleasure, in the distance. Closer and surrounded by blue buckets is the winter chicken coop. Past the row of sugar maple trees you can see the south field and just a little bit of the newly cleared pastures in that direction.
Beach Tree in Snow
The upper pond in the foreground is our reservoir of water for our animals during the dry months in summer and mid-winter. Right now the pond is at its highest for the year with the flush of water from the spring melt off. Up above the pond and beyond the table rock you can see the more new fields. This brings us around to our equipment, stone and log storage area and finally back to the cottage.
Outdoors: 37째F/29째F 5″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 67째F/61째F
Daily Spark: If you lose your way, go down hill. That is where you’ll find civilization. Of course some of us aren’t looking for it… -WJ