|Early March sunset on the farm|
|What's left of our north line fence. That cedar post and barbed wire is Old.|
Last year we had the goofiest March I could ever remember, I think I heard the local weatherman mention we were in the upper 70's one year ago this week which of course, was a record temperature for March. The temperatures have been bouncing around from the upper 30's to the low teens at night lately, and the last time I looked outside tonight, the snow was coming down at a good clip. We'll probably have a few inches of accumulation by morning.
Good, I can go skiing some more.
|Low clouds looming, more snow in the forecast.|
|Solitude as night falls.|
|Darker than I thought, and blurrier too, but there's Joel standing next to the mammoth cottonwood tree.|
|Base of the tree is wider than a ski pole.|
|What kind of animal made these?|
|That's me standing there, and no, I didn't make the design with my ski pole. I'm not that talented.|
|Thank goodness we don't have to shovel this.|
Joel has been kept very busy this winter clearing out Mom's driveway and ours. The new snowblower has seen a lot of use.
Our garden is buried pretty well yet. We've had a lot of rabbit traffic and I'm really glad we wrapped the apple trees with window screen and tree wrap to thwart them. I forgot to wrap the 'Northern Glow' maple trees we just planted last fall, though, and I see we're going to pay a price. The rabbits have the bark stripped almost all the way around many of the trunks. Drat! I hate that. I should have realized the young trees would be tasty. Carl and I went out and wrapped them up after the damage was done which is like locking the barn door after the cows are frolicking around the corn field. I hope at least one of the trunks pull through.
Our little garden trailer and the Manley Wrecking Crane are still hibernating back by the windmill.
|The dwarf conifers are nearly buried.|
|The Quarry Hill with all of it's massive rocks is under there, somewhere.|
|The dome is looking shorter, too.|
|Looks like the Aermotor is growing out of the cedar tree, doesn't it?|
We've skied from one end of the farm to the other this winter, here we're heading into the sunset from the east.
|Some tracks made before ours.|
|Snow drifts are colorful, especially near sunset.|
I always marvel at the shapes the drifts form, I couldn't recreate this sculpture if I tried.
The late winter sunsets have been beautiful this year, if only we could capture that majesty in stained glass.
We've had a few thaws here and there this winter, but for the most part, the snow has remained. Usually by my birthday we have crocus blooming over the septic tank (I know, doesn't that sound poetic?) but this year there's no flowers yet. (And the chickens have done a great job of digging holes in that area since it's the only slightly defrosted piece of mud for them to play in.)
I did a lot of skiing through the white pines in the Back Eight, too.
|Another random snowbank. Bored yet?|
|The only noise to be heard is from an occasional snowmobile.|
|The trail is on the adjoining farm land to ours. Sometimes we ski on the trails, too.|
We did have a partial thaw this past week with rain which brought snowmobiling to an end for the time being. I like to see them out and about enjoying the trails, though I've never driven one myself. Even with the new snow that is falling tonight, I doubt the trails will reopen, but I could be wrong. The creeks all started running, but have now been covered with fresh snow again.
After I ski at night, I usually go and get Pudding and Teddy and take them out for their evening walkies. All the deep snow we've had spells trouble for walking my short-legged little dogs, so we take to the road most nights.
|There's Teddy, wondering what's taking me so long to catch up.|
The dogs have to walk on a leash on the road, even though it is a fairly quiet side road. They much prefer being able to romp and I do, too, but Safety First. In the photo above we are about 3/4 of a mile from home which is on the other side of my mom's house pictured.
|Our road, heading west. The dogs are behind me.|
As we walk along, I took a few pictures of more trees, this is the woods across the road from our house.
|White pines on neighboring farm land.|
|Black walnut in Mom's yard planted in 1915 when my father was two years old.|
|More random trees along the road.|
|There's both dogs. We're nearing the home stretch now.|
|"Hurry up, would you?"|
|Getting closer, and we're all cold.|
There, we've made it back and it's just about dark.
|About 2500 seeds to plant.|
Yes, I'm going to be sad to see winter go. I did order my seeds and haven't even given planting any of them a thought yet. It will be quite some time before we can get to the shed where we store the greenhouse. But that's ok, spring will come soon enough. I haven't got spring fever yet; I'm having too much fun working on stained glass and don't want to quit. Fresh snow gives me a good excuse to try to make one more lamp, right?
(Here's a sneak peek at the Daffodil, waiting to be soldered.)
|Ok, maybe I do have a little spring fever. Does this one scream SPRING or not?|
Carl is going to be soldering this shade soon, and I'm hard at work on the next one, the 18" Wisteria, but we'll have to hurry since it's almost 2000 pieces. Will we finish the big Wisteria before the snow melts? Probably not.
Winter, I will miss you. You were so much fun while you lasted.