Saturday, October 17, 2020

Snow Day

Yes, you read that title right. First snow of the season overnight into the morning, after raining all day yesterday. A friend's birthday is tomorrow and his wife says that 9 out of 10 times the first snow comes on his birthday so this is normal for us. The only concern was the lilacs and honeysuckles were bent down by the heavy snow. Tom and I went out for 1 1/2 hours getting the snow off. Most of them came back just fine, but there is one broken branch, and a couple others seem weak, but we'll see when the spring comes. The problem was that there were still leaves and they were weighed down. Very unusual to have foliage and snow at the same time. But everything else is strange this year so I shouldn't be surprised! 

I took these pictures in the morning.



I put bird seed on the road so the ground feeders could eat. We had bluejays and juncos and some kind of sparrows all day, and then in the evening this crew showed up.



There were a dozen in all. One of them jumped to the top of the clothesline, twice. Just for fun, I guess.

Addendum: Tom said the turkeys were here early the next morning, and he saw deer tracks so we are officially in the restaurant biz for the next few months!

26 comments:

  1. First frost here in the early morning hours--a light one. Heavy wet snow is so rough on trees and shrubs still in leaf. Turkeys are frequent visitors, sometimes just a few strutting across the upper field, sometimes more of a flock.

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    1. You are sure right about the snow!
      And aren't they such fun visitors!

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  2. Golly! Here, the leaves are still green and there are plenty of flowers. Snow is beautiful but I don't like the problems it brings.

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    1. I know! We are watching last Friday's Gardeners World and I just laugh right out loud sometimes when Monty talks about some flower coming up in January or February. Different world!
      For me, the dryness this summer was the worst. As I've said a million times, it is only the worry of my kids on the roads in the winter - the rest of it I just love. Of course, I am kinda used to it after 72 years!

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  3. Such wonderful photos. Making me feel so nostalgic for your area. We were there in 1996 and it seems like a lifetime ago.

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  4. Absolutely lovely, Nan! Getting the snow off the lilacs and honeysuckles must be time consuming. I have never seen snow mostly because I haven't travelled much. It's something I look forward to experiencing in the near future.

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    1. You can stop by and see ours anytime!
      Of course, that said, will this virus ever, ever end.

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  5. We only had rain here in Lebanon. Daughter to south in Cornish Flat had a dusting of snow. Read about your snow in the Valley News this morning and was surprised. Not sure I'm quite ready to experience my first NH winter.

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    1. Nice warm clothes and studded snow tires and you'll be all set!!!

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  6. What a fun header! With the arrival of snow, I expected to see the one with with Nan's coffee. :) I love the photos of the turkeys out on the road. The glow from the sunlight is so beautiful. No snow here, but we'll be getting more rain and our temps have been on the chilly side in the morning. Enjoy your white stuff! :)

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    1. Thank you! I love my little chicken corner. It kind of grew over time with the latest addition the chicken and eggs that Margaret and Hazel gave us this past summer. And Hazel picked out the apron years ago. And the little plaques are from Margaret and Estée at different times. And the switchplate actually was first- that we bought ourselves.

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  7. Oh goodness, such lovely pictures but also shocking!

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  8. Your photos are beautiful, Nan. I find I enjoy snow much more from a distance, lol. When we lived in NY, I used to consider snow "fair game" any time after October 15. Now in FL, I'm waiting for our overnight lows to dip down into the 60s.

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    1. I'm such a cold weather person, I'd never make it where it was warm!

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  9. It looks so pretty. That first snow is always special and, I can only recall one snowstorm before Halloween but, I'm sure we've had more. I guess they are predicting a warmer, less snow winter which is okay with me.

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    1. I do remember H. was always cold when I was a kid, and we walked all over town in those days.
      I wonder if the prediction will come true. I kinda hope not. The ski/snowboard areas need a good winter.

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  10. Those are beautiful photos, Nan, and they give me the shivers. I've seen real snow maybe ten times in my whole life, having never lived anywhere for long that gets snow even in the depth of winter. It's cooled down a bit in southeast Texas, but we still managed a temperature somewhere in the high 80s today.

    Stay well.

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    1. I was going to say that it isn't really very cold now... until I read your 80º!

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  11. My goodness this seems early to me. It does look pretty. 😁 I am sure all the wildlife appreiates you offering food.

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  12. I bet Hazel was very excited to see the first snow of this season!
    Over here, it has been cold enough for me to wear a cotton scarf (not yet a woolly one) and to have cold hands every time they are not in my pockets when out walking, but not cold enough for snow. Seeing snow on trees that still carry leaves is unusual, but not completely impossible, I guess.

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    1. It happened once in the spring but first time in the fall.

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  13. What a gorgeous sight! I was so jealous of you when I saw your picture of it on Instagram but was happy to see that you loved it and weren't complaining about it. Nan, wherever did you get the wood tea towel rack? An aunt of mine used to have one and I've looked for one for a long time. So pretty!

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    1. I love the snow!
      I use the rack for drying wool socks, wet mittens, etc. I got it from Lehman's but it doesn't seem to be available. I've emailed them to see. Will let you know.

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