2013 Ice Out

Upper Pond Ice Free

Our upper pond is now ice free! Referring back to the Ice Out Contest for this year I see we have a winner… drum roll please…


Update: OOPS! I made a mistake when looking over the entries when I wrote this post. It was actually William Starck that had the closest guess on ice out of the pond. So, we’ll just do two winners – Congratulations Janis and William.

Email me your postal addresses and I’ll send you out a Sugar Mountain Farm 2013 Calendar each.

There are two more possible ways to win in the ice out contest. If you haven’t entered yet then go to the Ice Out Contest page to read the rules and leave your guess dates in the comments!

Several people have written that they’re surprised we still have so much snow. This is pretty typical. Down in the valley the snow is pretty much gone but we continue to get a little bit of snow fall most nights and have a thick hard pack of snow left in the fields and woods. There are a few rocks poking up through the white and the snow is just starting to pull back from those natural solar hot sinks.

Some years I spread ash to accelerate the local warming but our cottage burns so little firewood to keep it toasty warm that I can’t do all the fields. Guess I need to be less efficient!

Outdoors: 37°F/21°F Sunny, Very Windy
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/59°F

Daily Spark: “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” –Mary Anne Radmacher

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2 Responses to 2013 Ice Out

  1. Michael says:

    It is surprising how quickly the ice melts when it is being warmed from both above and below.

  2. Jenn says:

    It blows me away that you still have so much snow. You really do raise polar sheep and pigs. No wonder your dogs look like wolves. They need that thick coat to survive in your climate. Even your pigs are hairy!

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