Winter is finally here! And I am one of the three people I know around here who are happy about it (Gordon is one of the others.) Visions of cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing around the farm... I hope the snow lasts for a little while.
The white stuff was very pretty yesterday as it fell, and I was glad not to have to be out driving in it (unlike my friend Ronna, who had to make her way home from work in this mess!) Our laneway was snowed in by the afternoon anyway.
A local farmer comes with his big tractor and blower attachments and clears our laneway of snow. He was here early this morning, doing his job so we can go out grocery shopping today!
My mother-in-law has gone into shock. She moved to our area from Toronto last September. She had somehow convinced herself that winters here were no worse than winters in Toronto, despite my having sent her pictures of our snow since we moved here in 2007. This is her first winter here and it has been uncharacteristically mild so far; she seemed to think that was the norm! We kept telling her it wasn't...
The red squirrels really like my "wreath" peanut feeder. I took these photos through my not-so-clear office window, so they aren't as good as they could be.
The White-breasted Nuthatches like the peanuts too. The Downy Woodpecker on the right enjoys the suet feeder.
Arctic air followed on the heels of our snowstorm. Today's high is just -16C/3F with a windchill of -27C/-16F. The ducks are hanging out in the barn. Gordon is finishing up their new duck palace this weekend (putting hardware cloth over ceiling and any gaps) and we need to pick up ten bags of wood shavings today for the floor. Really we need more, but until we get a truck, that's all we can fit in our two cars! Luckily the feed depot is only 15 minutes away.
Meanwhile, Naomi and Alex were very cosy in the piano room last night...
This is how I found them when I flicked on the light!
I bought the fleece they are sleeping on at the pet store, where it was on sale. The cats all love snoozing on my fleecy housecoat, which is made of similar material, so I figured they'd love this throw. I was right!
Stay warm out there.