Snow Day

It started snowing last Monday afternoon and continued through the night. On Tuesday, we woke up to this.

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For many of you this snow would be unremarkable. For us, 3-4 inches is a big deal.

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Ginny’s ancestors are from Labrador. She’s enjoying our record cold temperatures.

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Looks like the wind carried away a shutter.  It didn't notice that until posting this.

Looks like the wind carried away a shutter. It didn’t notice that until posting this.

The Fatties don't seem to mind the snow.

The Fatties don’t seem to mind the snow.

It made for a beautiful day, but these kinds of things don’t last long around here.  A few days later we had 58 degree weather and it was all gone. I don’t miss it.  Still, it was pretty while it lasted.

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28 comments on “Snow Day

  1. That’s a mighty tempting sledding hill in the first of this group of beautiful pictures.

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    • Bill says:

      Maybe, but it’s not the BEST hill for sledding. That would be the steep hill on the paved road. Went down in many times of a wooden Flyer sled in my childhood. I took a picture of it that morning, but didn’t include it in this post. Probably should have.

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  2. Laurie Graves says:

    Can’t say it looks like Maine, but you got a little taste 😉 What a winter it’s been in the North East. So hard, that I’m even looking forward to March, my least favorite month.

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    • Bill says:

      It had been a fairly easy winter for us until a couple of weeks ago. We’re setting new records regularly now it seems. It was warm today, but the forecast is for more snow tonight.

      It’s beginning to look like we won’t be planting any gardens in the early part of March this year.

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  3. farmerkhaiti says:

    those fatties are gorgeous! Glad you got a blanket of snow for a day too! Beautiful shots!

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Khaiti.

      Today was their day to go to the processor. But one of them went into heat yesterday, so I had to cancel. Hopefully next week. The guy I get the piglets from called today to say our new ones will be ready in 2 weeks. We’re getting 7 this year.

      As for the snow, it’s seems hardly anything compared to your part of the world. But it was enough to cause schools to close, churches to cancel services and grocery stores to sell out of milk and bread. 🙂

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  4. shoreacres says:

    So pretty. I’d love to experience that again, especially if it came with a fast melt afterwards.

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    • Bill says:

      It’s best when it comes down pretty, then goes away quickly. 🙂
      We’re forecast to get another one tonight. Will be interested to see what tomorrow morning looks like.

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  5. MansWhirld says:

    If we ever got that much snow on our place, I’d really be concerned about the rest of you up there in “cold country.” 🙂

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    • Bill says:

      It’s funny how we react to it so differently depending upon how used to it we are. We can laugh at the way Atlanta comes to a halt over an inch or two of snow, but folks north of us can laugh at us shutting down schools and businesses over what would be just a normal winter day to them.

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  6. avwalters says:

    Lovely, and from our perspective, refreshingly shallow. But the big question remains, how did all those delightful, cavorting kids like it?

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  7. Sue says:

    I wish my snow would go away—but that’s at LEAST another month—probably more. Sigh……

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  8. Wow! It looks spectacular. But where’s the snowman?

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  9. BeeHappee says:

    Beautiful. But I would miss the snow that you can sink in to your knees. Did you find the shutter?

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    • Bill says:

      Knee-deep snow? No thank you. Ankle-deep is fine. Once or twice a year. 🙂

      I was afraid the shutter might have sailed off to who-knows-where. But it was directly beneath the window, buried in the snow. The hardware that it hangs out had broken. It’s original and therefore about 130 years old. I don’t know where we’ll find a replacement.

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      • BeeHappee says:

        Wow, 130 years old, that is neat. You will have to forge your own hardware to match. 🙂
        We just got another 3 inches, and just finished shoveling and kids came in from outside 10 pm. Nothing better than snow in the dark.

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      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Funny you should mention that… There’s a show I’ve completely fallen in love with that comes from your neck of the woods (in Roanoke, as a matter of fact; ) called Salvage Dawgs… They might just have something or know someone who can fabricate a replacement : )
        Oh, and the actual business is Black Dog Architectural Salvage (and Rescue; ) http://www.blackdogsalvage.com

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  10. Joanna says:

    Pity you weren’t nearer Bill, I am sure it wouldn’t be an issue to have hinges forged here. Our barn door hinges were made locally. Your chickens are wimps, as we would say. We have some that go out in the snow – mind you, they don’t have a choice our snow has been on the ground for a while now. Our snow is going and I am wondering if we will be planting in March, that would be a first, normally we don’t really start until April because we can’t even see the ground until the end of March and then need a couple of weeks for the ground to defrost, but we haven’t had the deep cold this year

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    • Bill says:

      I may be able to find a local source here too. It’s just a shame to have the original one break after it’s been there all these years.

      As it turns out, this wasn’t our last snow of the year. It was all gone in a couple of days but we got another 6-8 inches last night–which is a lot of snow for our part of the world.

      Ideally I like to start planting at the first of March. Some years that happens but most years it doesn’t. It will take a long time for the ground to dry after all this snow, it won’t happen this year.

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      • Joanna says:

        We usually reckon on at least two weeks after the snow is gone, but then again we have to wait for the ground to defrost too usually – not so much this year I think

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  11. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Beautiful photos, Bill – just like Christmas: )
    Love all the original details on the old plantation house: the 6 over 6, all the fancy woodwork on the porches and lovely wrought iron fence panels. It has such wonderful scale and symmetry…
    Sure hope you found that shutter still intact under the snow.
    I know this is quite presumptuous to say, and it would be quite an investment, but eavestroughing would really help preserve the integrity of this wonderful example of Southern Architecture. (No matter where they might be, when I see homes of a certain age, I can’t help but think of the people who built them, the hours of labour, the care that was taken and all done by hand, that has gone into their construction…

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  12. smfarm says:

    Beautiful snowfall! We finally got one too, and I had to get out early to capture it before it started to melt.

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    • Bill says:

      The snow we got last night seemed to come out of nowhere. I don’t think it was forecast until a couple of days ago. We woke up this morning to 6-8 inches of fluffy snow.

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