Welcome to another New Year. Our celebration included the season’s first snow cover on January 7. It snowed like there would be no tomorrow, and by the time it was spent, we measured four inches of fresh, wet snow. It was refreshing to see our cedar trees laden with snow and a fresh blanket of winter white across the yards and fields that surround our house. The mountains were draped in snow and topped by storm clouds that swiftly brushed across their lofty summits. The winter scenery was a welcome and pleasant change from the dull browns that command the sleeping winter landscape. We love the variety of moods that the seasons bring to our viewscape. They refresh the soul and remind us to appreciate anew the Appalachian Mountain environment within which we live and work. Unfortunately, our first winter scene was brief, lasting only a couple of days before succumbing to the power of the sun and the returning warm air.
Calli took the snowfall in stride, leaving multiple trails of her sojourns around our farm. She spends a lot of time in the ravine that roughly defines our northern property line and divides our field from the woodlot to our east. I have watched her creep amongst the red cedar trees hoping to surprise a bunny or a field mouse living within their shadows. Essie and Snowball had a different perspective on it. Essie, who has experienced two previous winters, only poked her head outside the barn door as if to complain that no one had asked her permission to dump all the snow in her pen. Snowball (our Dwarf Nigerian), who is only seven months old, found the scene curious and delighted herself by dashing and bounding around the pen, until it occurred to her that snow is cold and wet. Having realized this, she decided it was better to stay in the barn and wait for Spring to return.
The storm came on the fifteenth day of snowfall that we have received, most of which have been nothing more than flurries. We’ve had two or three partial dustings, but no other complete blankets of snow. Based on the records I have compiled over the years, we can expect roughly 35 more snowfalls before the snow season ends, so we have plenty of opportunities left to appreciate the winter scenery. Perhaps we’ll get a big Nor’easter this season. The last one we received at our farm was in January 2016.
We hope that everyone can enjoy a beautiful winter landscape this year. Take care, and stay warm.