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Frigid February View from the Bedroom Window

View from the Bedroom Window

View from the Bedroom Window February 5, 2015

The view from the bedroom window by February 5 showed that another 25 inches of snow had fallen since February 1. Cold and often windy with just below zero temperatures on a few nights.

View from the Bedroom Window

View from the Bedroom Window February 10, 2015

Another 18 inches of snow on February 9, but sun on the 10th.

View from the Bedroom Window

View from the Bedroom Window February 27, 2015

Occasional snow showers over the rest of February and continuing frigid temperatures. Minus 12 on February 16 at 7 am. Often windy with wind chill advisories common.  You can see the heavy snow is beginning to slip off the Cottage Ornee. Fortunately, it slipped off the house roof  by itself, while others were having to shovel their roofs. Glad to see February go.

Bright and White and BarelyFreezing

February 10, 2015

February 10, 2015

It is bright and white and barely freezing. The snow has stopped. The plow arrived. One car got  out.

The house at the End of the Road

The house at the End of the Road

Sargent crabtree in Sunken Garden February 10, 2015

Sargent crabtree in Sunken Garden February 10, 2015

The snow has fallen and drifted into the Sunken Garden, half burying the Sargent Crabtree. The western wall is over six feet high – also buried.

Cottage Ornee February 10, 2015

Cottage Ornee February 10, 2015

Plowed Snowbank February 10, 2015

Plowed Snowbank February 10, 2015

If you look closely you’ll see a tiny branch at the right of this photo, hinting of the three hydrangeas now buried – and probably damaged. Sigh.

Plowed snowbank at the End of the Road

Plowed snowbank at the End of the Road

We are really really happy that our ‘driveway’ is town road, plowed and maintained by the  town, but I do wonder how far my wood chip pile has been pushed into the field.  Oh well, it will be waiting for me in the spring. Temperature reached 32 degrees today.

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Snowflakes and Photographer

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

Snowflakes on the car window early this frigid morning.  And the photographer’s hands.

Snowflake Bentley will tell you more about snowflakes and photographing snowflakes. Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin tells the wonderful story about a Vermont boy born in 1865 who loved snowflakes and learned how to photograph them.

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View from the Bedroom Window – November 2014

November 3, 2014 View from the Bedroom Window

November 3, 2014 View from the Bedroom Window

The view from the bedroom window on November 3 shows that the grass is still lushly green. Makes us remember that lawn grass is a cool weather crop. The trees in the landscape are all bare, but a clump of hardy chrysanthemums is still holding on.

View from the bedroom window - our first snow

View from the bedroom window – our first snow November 14

We woke on November 14 to the first snow. I took a poll and one and half inches qualifies as a real snow fall. Animal tracks confirm it.

Ice on November 17

Ice on November 17

The snow melted some, but was replaced with freezing rain and ice.

November 28, 2014 after the snowstorm

November 28, 2014 after the snowstorm

Thanksgiving came late but because of recent mild weather we were all lulled into a false sense of security.  Snow warnings began the weekend before T-day, and did not shift. Tuesday night we planned to leave for Tyngsboro early in the morning instead of waiting. Snow began in the afternoon and kept up. Some of the family stayed home, leaving more Dessert Night for us hardy souls, but the snow stopped  during the night. Everyone made it to Thanksgiving dinner. On the morning  of the 28th we got word that Heath had gotten 17 inches of snow and lost power. We loaded up the car double quick and raced home – but all was well! Winter is here. As expected.

Only one more snowy month in the year, and I’ll review the movement of sun, rain, wind  and snow for all of 2014. This was my one- year project to keep track of the seasons. 2015 will be different. No day is exactly the same, and certainly no season.

First Snowfall of the Year

First snowfall November 14, 2014

First snowfall November 14, 2014

This morning I woke to the first snowfall of the year. Just over an inch. Thirty degrees and breezy. A pretty preview of what is to come.

Yellow Birch at dawn

Yellow Birch at dawn

View From My Bedroom Window – March 2014

March 1, 2014

The view from my bedroom window on March 1 was snow covered and cold. 5 degrees at 7 a.m.

March 9, 2014

March 9 and the view wasn’t much different. 20 degrees at 7 a.m. but daytime temps haven’t gotten much above freezing. Because it is so cold the snow is not melting.

March 26, 2014

No reason to take more photos. It remains cold and the view doesn’t change much. 22 degrees at 7 a.m. and windy.

March 31, 2014

30 degrees at 7 a.m. but it didn’t get much warmer in the afternoon. Still the snow is beginning to melt. This has been one of the coldest months of March in years. The maple sugar people are not very happy. However, the south bank in front of the house is all melted, the path to the henhouse is clear and I can feel spring’s arrival. Her very slow arrival.

I have hopes that my April record of the weather, and the view from my bedroom window will see a great deal of green change.

 

First Day of Spring – Just for the Record

March 20, 2014 9 am

It snowed and rained last night. As the first day of spring dawned the plow came through, but mostly they were sanding the road because things were a bit icy outside. The temperature was already 34 degrees – and climbing. More showers.

The Cottage Ornee is Spring sun

The rain stopped!  Only the roofs are dripping, dripping. The sun came out and raised the temperature to 45 degrees. The snow will melt some today. I am not discouraged because I know it could always be worse. This is what the first day of spring looked like last year.

March 19, 2013

A foot of snow fell during the night – and it wasn’t the last snow fall of the year. Last year The Bridge of Flowers opened on schedule on April 1, but then closed again because of another snowfall. But I’m sure that won’t happen this year. Will it?

Birds That Sing in the Spring Tra La

Birds on snow – snacking

Here are the birds that sing in the spring. Robins are joining the blue jays – and other birds that I can only identify as Big Birds and Little Birds. Sunday the temperature reached a high of 46 degrees, and gentle breezes are wafting across the hill.

Birds and Staghorn sumac

Birds have been flying in and out  of  the staghorn sumac grove across the lawn. The snow is still deep in  spite of warmer temperatures these last few days. Birds are finding meals pretty hard to find. In fact, Tom over at the Mon@rchs Nature Blog says that robins and other birds  will only eat the sumac fruits if there is really nothing else to eat. I knew that crushed dried sumac fruit was edible because I once bought some at a very complete spice shop in Cambridge, Mass.  I never did do anything  with that packet  of sumac; unfortunately I hadn’t yet acquired middle eastern cookbooks like those written by the fabulous chef Yotam Ottolenghi

My husband said he was listening to birdsong the other day and thought it sounded, and felt, like spring. I watch these birds and and hear a snatch of song. Spring is coming, so these must be the birds that sing in the spring.  With a small apology to Gilbert and Sullivan.

 

Sastrugi – Waves and Caves

Sastrugi waves

Sastrugi caves

Sastrugi are caused by the wind’s blowing  and drifting the snow.

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The View from the Bedroom Window

View from the bedroom window 2-9-14

This view from the bedroom window, taken on Sunday has not changed much in the last few days. Temperatures have stayed very cold;  minus 2 degrees this morning. Occasional snow showers and the frigid temperatures have kept the snow pristine and amazingly sparkly. Big storm predicted for tomorrow. We’ll be prepared, but we’ll see.

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