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Archive for October, 2011

October Snowstorm of Historic Proportions

More photos! Last night we received about 10 inches of heavy, wet snow. Because the leaves are still on most of the trees, the weight brought down tree limbs. There were a couple of large tree limbs (one oak, one maple) that hit the roof, with many smaller limbs down all around. Brave husband climbed up on the roofs to remove the limbs, while I handed up saws, etc.

Below is my hand, as I cleared snow off the yew. You can see how deep the snow is.

A photo shot skyward at the snow on the maple leaves. With the sun shining on it, the snow has been melting quickly. See the birds in the upper right corner?

The last time we experienced a winter storm here in October was in the 1980’s. We were without power for days, melting snow for water and cooking on the wood stove. So far we have not lost power with this storm, though the lights flickered a few times.

So, what does Mother Nature have in store for us next?

Early Snow, Green Leaves

Many of the leaves on the trees have not yet turned color and fallen, yet last evening was our first snow of the season. The photos below were taken around my home and studio in the early morning light.

The echinacea plants are wearing tall, snowy caps.

The yew bushes simply bend.

A view from my studio window. Snow was sifting down in the early sunshine, giving the air a dreamy quality.

A few minutes later, the sky was intensely blue.

The clothesline.

Now, in the early afternoon, the snow is melting away.

Transitory pleasures, but certain to be repeated. This is just the beginning!

Barnstorming!

Last night we attended a nearby annual event, Barnstorm, which included live music, dancing, food, a pumpkin-carving contest, and conversation.

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Women in the window! There were windows on all four sides of the second floor of this marvelous old barn.

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The interior of the second floor was home to the festivities. The small loft above was used decoratively.

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The stage, ready for a variety of musical acts.

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Three women, three paper lanterns ~ waiting for the music to begin.

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A musical beginning. The show was opened with a lively guitar and ukulele number.

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More music ~ Em and Kate

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Some of the entries in the pumpkin-carving contest.

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A Jack o Lantern with quite the nose.

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Goodnight, Barnstorm! We left early and missed many musical acts, dancing, and the pumpkin judging. Several people brought tents, which were pitched outside the barn for those wanting to sleep over. I opted for my cozy bed at home.

Seasonal fun!