Snowy Doors …

Well, I guess it is February, after all.  But I can help but feel this is a little bit of Karma.  We’ve had such a mild winter up till now!  Weirdly mild. And I LOVED it. I even started to brag about it. I began to dream about an early spring. Maybe even a longer than usual growing season.

And then, BAM!  Winter!  The past seven days have brought 3 snow storms and dumped about a metre of snow.

It’s hard to know exactly how much because most of it fell “sideways” as it was accompanied with strong winds blowing the snow all over the place.  Mondays blizzard came with winds that gusted around 120 km/hr.
Yup. Those are some strong winds and they made for some interesting snowdrifts. Annnnnd power outages. We were without power ourselves for 24 hours. (Happy to have a fireplace and lots of candles)


Yesterday, I dug a path to the chicken coop, which suddenly seemed really far from the house. This morning, my path had completely disappeared. Last nights snow fall filled it all back in.  So, back at it.


As I drew closer, rapidly loosing steam I must add,  I could the hens inside cheering me on. I’m sure they were! They were rewarded with some extra cracked corn. And I got some eggs.


The positive thing (the ONLY positive thing) is that all that snow provides a nice blanket of insulation over the garden. And I suppose, a slow melt will help to keep the water table healthy.


But a melt, of any kind, seems a long way off.  Because, right now, yeah …. it’s snowing again.

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Thursday Doors

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18 thoughts on “Snowy Doors …

  1. Osyth February 16, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    How quickly we forget … my stepson is house-sitting in Massachusetts whilst we partake of this sojourn in Grenoble. He has spen the last 3 1/2 years in Northern England … back in the N England of his birth and upbringing he says he has abruptly remembered what winter actually means. Meanwhile in the city that is coined ‘the gateway to the Alpes’ we are basking in 60 degrees of sunshine and gloating on the snowy peaks that surround the city … sorry 😐

    • JanetRimmington February 16, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Ha!!! Good for you!! Grenoble sounds perfect to me. I guess if the sun (ever) comes out here again, the scenery will be pretty. …. she writes, optimisticly …
      Cheers to you in Grenoble!

    • JanetRimmington February 17, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Ah! We will do our level best to have it all melted in time for you to come back. That said, our own driveway required a backhoe to clear the snow – twice this week. These photos don’t show the really big drifts – the the one that positioned itself along our walkway and was as tall as me (all of 5 feet!). But that’s how it is with blowing snow, isn’t it? Nearly bare spots here, and huge, random drifts in remarkably inconvenient places. But now that all the shovelling is done, I’m enjoying it. Might even dust off the snow shoes! 😉

  2. notetotraveler February 17, 2017 / 4:45 am

    Very cool photos. That’s as close to snow as I want to be.

    • JanetRimmington February 17, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Haha! Cool, indeed! The snow is not so bad. It’s the sudden arrival of so much all at once that gets me down. Now that the shovelling is done, I can enjoy it much more.

  3. slfinnell February 17, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Glad you hens are still laying in that cold with the power outages. Spring is close, hang in there!

    • JanetRimmington February 17, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Oh those hens!! They are, as a friend says, “living the chicken dream!” They we urging me on so I could deliver treats. But, yes! They are starting to lay more and that is, for sure, a definite sign that spring is around the corner (and maybe down the block a little😉).

      • slfinnell February 17, 2017 / 8:45 pm

        Thank goodness for you. Somehow we here in Missouri have evaded snow except for a couple inches this whole winter. Unheard of!! But I’m not complaining lol

      • JanetRimmington February 17, 2017 / 9:30 pm

        Be careful, now. That’s exactly what I was saying last week! 😉

      • slfinnell February 17, 2017 / 9:31 pm

        I think you’ve been talking to my mother 😉

  4. Vicky February 18, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Heavens, that looks like a big dig! As a small reward, the photos make the chicken coop look really pretty 🙂 !

  5. Norm 2.0 February 18, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    They did say in the fall that the latter part of this winter was going to be the worst part; looks like they were right. We ended up getting almost 60 cms in about 10 days ourselves, so these shots look somewhat familiar.

    • JanetRimmington February 20, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      And now it feels like spring. Maybe winter will only last one week this year?
      That said, 70cm in one day is s little bit unnecessarily excessive. Followed by another 35 cm two days later. I mean, really!

  6. Julie@frogpondfarm February 19, 2017 / 5:44 am

    Wow! Good job on the shovelling .. I bet the chickens were pleased to see you 😃

    • JanetRimmington February 20, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Ha! They seemed pleased when I delivered a treat of sunflower seeds. But, I must confess, when I found myself shovelling the same path twice in 48 hours, I started composing the real estate listing. 😉 I’m over that now … I think.

  7. Joanne Sisco February 20, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Oh Janet, I feel so badly for you. The East Coast has been whacked badly the past 2 weeks. I don’t envy you for all the shoveling you’ve had to do … and those poor chickens!!

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