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Snow on pine and box-elder

White-throated Sparrow in the snowIt dawned on me this past weekend that our farm has had snow on it (at least on the shady side) every day of December!  We've had four storms (I think --- they're starting to run together), and the new snow always falls before the old crystals thaw.  Perhaps we were accidentally transported to New England?

I'm looking forward to a return to the South this weekend with Friday and Saturday's highs in the mid 50s.  Maybe I'll be able to get to the greens currently hidden by snow, fill up the thousand gallon tank with wash water for January, and even do some laundry.

Our homemade chicken waterer never spills or fills with poop.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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We had snow in November, and the second white x-mas in a row. Both of which are pretty unusual in these parts. We got around 25 cm of snow around Eindhoven just before x-mas, and in the nearby province of Limburg they got 40 cm which was a record. The last time I saw this much snow here must be around 30 years ago!

While this is probably not much compared to places like Canada and Siberia, it was almost more than we could handle. Even getting groceries by bike of on foot is a challenge with this much snow.

If this keeps up in the coming winters I might have to get snow shoes or langlauf skis!

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Dec 29 13:03:35 2010
25 cm (10 inches) is nothing to sneeze at! I hear that Europe has been having a frigid winter that makes ours look like a fall day. I hope you can find a way to enjoy the beauty of the snow!
Comment by anna Wed Dec 29 15:29:08 2010





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