Sunday, February 10, 2013


Here's the Womerlippi farmhouse at dawn today, showing the very large drifts up against the front wall and the garage.

The latter was well buried. It took a few minutes to free the tractor for snow moving duties. Flame helped.

I was on the tractor for long enough to get numb-butt. But it wasn't that long. We were done shoveling and plowing by 8.30 am. I came in for a nice Hobbit-like Second Breakfast of bacon, eggs, fried bread and our own canned tomatoes.

All's well that ends well. The main thing is, we didn't get a power cut, although apparently several hundred thousand folk are without electricity between here and New York.

I ordered the piston rings for the generator engine. Better safe than sorry.

The sheep were spoiled today. We dug them a trail to get to their water tank, so they wouldn't have to eat snow. Then they got some kale stems. Even the chickens got let out of the barn to peck around in the sun and melting snow.

These two seem quite content with how they weathered the storm.

What they want is more kale.


  1. Just looking at your photos makes me feel like I'm living in Florida. Nope. I'm in the valley of East Tennessee.

    But know that you have the upper hand. I'll take snow over rain, any day.

    The sight of going from dry ground to mud, these days, reminds me of a little kid playing with the zipper on their coat.

    But the feeling is no different than the sight of watching new calves 'discover' the electric fence.

    Enjoy that single BIG Meltdown!

  2. Greetings Mick and Aimee. Glad to see you weathered the storm. You are so very resourceful. Down in Rhode Island, were we live on a main road with all manor of stores and food places, we did not have such good luck. The power went down on Friday night and I do mean all power. No heat, no electric, no phone service. We had done the usual thing of stocking up on batteries and food provisions. We were looking forward to a nice long weekend of catching up on reading, tv watching and working on our computers. Alas, with a loss of electricity came a loss of everything we planned on doing. We had flashlights and a radio to listen to. But it was dark and cold and we were stuck. Just me, the husband and our cats. We did get some reading in. But we lost all our food, had to wait till Sunday to get plowed out, and the worse thing was no showers or laundry till today. Gives one pause to think about how people have become so dependent on technology. I love winter and how it makes everyone slow down just a bit. Nature is beautiful in white. I am thinking that maybe people who live in the North need to think more about how to prepare for these kind of things weather in the city or the country. It has certainly crippled us in the urban areas but it sounds like the country folk take these sorts of things in stride. Stay warm and fix that generator. Love the pictures!

    Carol from Warren, RI


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