Surfacing . . .

tree in fog To my amazement, it’s now April.  I apologize to my many readers (all eight of you!) for the long silence.  The lack of posts here doesn’t reflect a disinterest in the blog or its audience; rather, I’ve just had too much going on over the past few months.  Frankly, it’s been a tough winter.  This difficulty has been the norm throughout the entire Northeast, and much of the U.S. got absolutely clobbered, so here on the hillside we certainly don’t feel singled out.  We managed to cope just fine.  Still, it’s been a complex and sometimes strenuous season. The irony, of course, is that from a global perspective, the past three or four months have been unusually warm.  For the earth as a whole, January of this year was “the fourth-warmest January on record,” according to The New York Times [February 20, 2014], as well as being “the 347th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average[.]”  Not good news!  But that’s another story for another post.  Temporarily setting aside the profoundly worrisome issue of climate change, I want to revisit the winter of 2013-2014––and to wish it a not-so-fond farewell.

panorama - clear

The view from Hyland Hill.  Typical for central Vermont, the first major snowfall arrived in November and was light enough to inspire a delusion that Winter Won’t Be So Bad. 

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tree and fence

The plot thickened.  December wasn’t awful, either, but the flakes starting coming down more and more often and in far greater quantities.

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R&E - Xmas

The holidays arrived . . . and so did the Prodigal Daughter, providing the older generation with good cheer and splendid company, as well as assistance during our annual trek into the woods to harvest a bantam Christmas tree.

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lawn furniture

January brought more and more snowstorms––not to mention weeks of frigid weather, often in the mid-teens below zero.  The lowest of the low temps (arriving one night in early February) hit minus-22 degrees Fahrenheit.  On the plus side, the snow was often light and fluffy.  Here’s a shot of our lawn furniture.  (We love dining al fresco, but doing so wasn’t a frequent choice on Hyland Hill at this time.)

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EP in snow

The deep freeze didn’t last forever, though a nearly three-foot snowfall in early March made us think it might.  HOWEVER:  the days grew longer, the sky turned blue (now and then, at least), and the many feet of snowpack started to compress.  Venturing outside began to feel like a rational option once again.

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Sammy in snow

Really?!  Even certain skeptical observers of the local Homo sapiens decided that staying indoors 24/7 was no longer necessary.

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icicle

Enough already.  Even this winter didn’t last forever.

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Now, onward to spring.  Warm wishes––literally and figuratively––to all of you.  And special greetings to Allison, Jon, and Jack.  Allison, feel better soon!

panorama - radiant

7 thoughts on “Surfacing . . .

  1. Loved the photos. So good to see Robin. Can’t wait to really see it all. Without snow this time.
    Jx

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  2. Thank you for the good wishes! I’ve been feeling your healing wishes here. And those pictures make even this blustery almost-warm spring day feel delightful!

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