This is the snow on the roof of the old farm house kitchen. In the twenty years we’ve been here we never used that chimney so I capped it off with insulation. With the snow it makes me think of a submarine surfacing. Since I took that photo the snow has pack down – it was two feet of very light and fluffy powder, followed by another half foot but now it is only about a foot deep.
Tree Root Melt
I’m seeing signs of melting up from below around the trees. The wind blows snow away from the base of the trees a bit but most of this activity is caused by the warmth of the sap. As the sun warms the tree it draws up the sweets from below which melts the snow. Sugaring season is here.
Berries on Fence Line
These berries are along the south field fencing that I was walking to get it ready for spring. The winter snows, fallen branches and berry bushes all serve to ground it out, cutting the charge from 10,000 volts to about 0.5KVolts.
During the winter the fencing is not much of an issue since the animals don’t wander far. The snow is too deep for them to want to go anywhere except on their established paths and in the winter paddocks where they have packed the snow down. Sheep in deep snow flounder and sometimes even float on all that wool. Pigs, with their short legs and pointy feet, are justifiably hesitant about snow banks although when worse comes to worse they can plow through bulldozer style. It just isn’t worth it to them – little benefit for all that effort. Pigs don’t have much stamina. Soon though the snows will be lower and fallen fences little inhibition.
Thus I walk the lines now in preparation for the spring to come. Spring is a theory and a good one although after so much winter I sometimes wonder if it is really coming or not. I’m acclimated and used to a white world so spring will be like a new color.
Outdoors: 34째F/24째F Cloudy
Tiny Cottage: 69째F/63째F