The Sun Returns

The sun has begun to shine. It adds a brilliance to the snow that is quite lovely. It has finally stopped snowing. It snowed for over 24 hours. We got almost 2 feet of snow! But we never lost power.
It was still snowing when I got up this morning. The snow had drifted against the doors and windows and the skylights were covered. The windowboxes were buried in snow. It was still dark and the snow was swirling and blowing.

This is what I saw when I opened the door. The drifted snow made its own wall in the doorway and the steps were covered with more snow.

The pine branches, laden with wet snow, were touching the ground.

The path is narrowed and the snow is deep. Poor Fergus had to leap through it. You can see the path he made.

St. Francis is up to his waist in snow!

This bird feeder is so clogged with snow that the birds can’t use it.

And our poor mailbox is almost buried!

The plows had not been through…not that I was planning to go anywhere. Sensibly, the Governor had declared a State of Emergency, only emergency vehicles were allowed on the roads. How lovely and quiet to have a traffic free day. We didn’t see a plow until late this afternoon.

I spent some time watching the birds at the feeders. They were very hungry.

There were more than usual there.

Including this stunning Cardinal.

Unfortunately shortly after I took this picture a hawk swooped in and grabbed one of the birds. I know they have to eat as well, but it was still unsettling. It took quite awhile for the remaining birds to return to the feeders.

There was a lot to shoveling to do.

The freshly shoveled driveway glistens in the sun.

A path up to the coop is done. Fergus will be grateful to have it as well.

And the bird feeders will need filling. They need to be accessible. I used snowshoes to trample part of this….so not exactly shoveled.

The shadows grow long. You can see the plow has been through. The sun will be setting…the day done.

Another storm survived, clean up complete. And so life at Brookwood Shire returns to its normal winter rhythms….and I still dream of Spring….

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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5 Responses to The Sun Returns

  1. So glad that it all went well and you can enjoy the beauty in the storm.

  2. hobacaitbe says:

    This is the beauty of New England. A 24 hour blizzard then 4 degrees F ( -15 degrees C ) this morning and 52 degrees F this afternoon on the sunny deck. But, I too am looking for green shoots.

  3. Pam R. says:

    I remember this storm I spent 4 – 5 hours with the snowblower and it took DH 8 hours to plow. The truck got stuck 4 times and he finally just used the tractor to move the snow. But it sure is beautiful!!

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