Patience required

Will Spring ever come? Lots of snow is still blanketing everything this week.  And temperatures are below zero at night, only up to the teens during the day. Big piles of snow cover all the gardens.???????????????????????????????But, if it’s going to be windy and cold, having a thick blanket of snow is good. This picture below is of the back yard this morning–the tulip and narcissus bulbs are under there somewhere!???????????????????????????????It’s clear that animals are coming out of hibernation. Animal tracks of all kinds are everywhere, and we’ve seen many owls and hawks on the hunt, too. We saw a woodchuck crossing the road the other day. Possums and crows raid our compost pile. Raccoon tracks criss-cross the haymow floor. Mice tunnels and tracks are all over, along with deer, rabbit, and squirrel tracks. Skunks are out and about, from the smell on our front porch. And of course the days are getting longer. But the snow is making it look like winter. Here is the front yard, with four foot drifts.???????????????????????????????Here’s the view looking Northwest over the field across the street:???????????????????????????????We can only be patient. Here are my two horses, modeling patience for me:??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Spring is coming, but winter is holding on

There’s plenty of deep snow but it is getting warmer and there are animal tracks everywhere. This morning in the kitchen David watched a mole squeeze itself through the furnace duct grate. The cats ignored it completely (they get the mice, no problem) so they must know that moles taste awful. It ran under the fridge so who knows where it is by now, poor thing. Outside mice tracks go everywhere. We saw mouse tracks in the snow at my sister’s house yesterday also. Her new cold frame glass had an amazing frost pattern on it–we’ve never seen anything like it. Here are some pictures she took:SAM_9275SAM_9276SAM_9277SAM_9278SAM_9279SAM_9280We got to see her beautiful chickens, too. But with a foot of snow on the ground there and here, there’s not much more to do than dream and admire garden catalogs.