Make no mistake. These pictures were all taken when it was averaging 13º F out.
This is what happens if you shovel your driveway early and often.
It helps that we are on a south slope. Take a look across the street at our rental house. Those young folks probably spent the weekend all cozy in bed. No outdoor exercise for them.
Notice how convenient the cracks in the pavement are for these finches. There are lots of seeds trapped there, that is where I throw the results of my deadheading in the fall.
Trust me, the driveway was busy with all sorts of birds all day long, gleaning and pecking and fluttering about. They also enjoyed the seedheads on the black eyed susans in the front garden.
Turn around and walk past the espaliers and the vineyard to see the labyrinth pattern in the snow drifts.
If you rotate approximately 90 degrees to your right from the labyrinth view, you have a clear shot at the thistle seed feeder by the wood shed, where we just did all that pruning of mock orange.
That’s my dining room window in the back ground. That is where I have the perfect view of these feeders:
There was sculptural stuff going on out in the back yard.
This is how the vegetable garden looked when I first tromped out there and dug out the gate.
I got the coldframes dug out. After a certain amount of effort.
Please notice that my shovel head is completely buried in the snow as it leans against the tomato cages.
Ruby caught the side of her foot in the ice of a puddle last week and broke her toe nail. That caught on the crusts of the drifts while she was tearing around out there yesterday, and so this morning I had to cut the broken toenail off and trim the ragged edge. The quick bled a little so we wrapped it up with a sterile guaze pad. Her foot is sore but it is much better now thank you. Poor doggie.
Not a great deal of massage going on this week. People seem to still be snowed in. And there appears to be a little more on the way. I’m trying to influence the weather patterns for weekend after this to give me clear sailing for my flight to Costa Rica. Visualizing a nice cold sunny day with no appreciable winds. However, I bow to the truth that it will still be winter when I am trying to leave. So I’m just hoping for good stuff.
However, I do have a client coming this morning, she’s running a little late.