Friday, March 25, 2016

Another Ice Storm!

Hello everyone and Happy Easter!  Last weekend I was puttering in the garden and admiring some tiny crocuses coming up in the lawn.  Yesterday we had an ice storm and as I am composing this post we have been almost 24 hours without power.  Last year we had a generator installed as part of a major renovation so are fortunate that the loss of power hasn't inconvenienced us greatly.  The same is not true for our neighbours and some of the surrounding areas are not expected to have power before midnight tomorrow.  

One of our favourite views towards apple lane with the trees laden with ice.

A view towards the front pasture with our forest beyond.

The view towards our gate this morning was beautiful however the ice was very treacherous so I wasn't able to take close up photos.  Better safe than sorry!  Before getting to the driveway I needed to climb our stone staircase and it was just a little too icy for my liking!

Our cedar hedge and the poor clothes line weighted down with ice.

Our cute little birdhouse.

The birch tree suffered a bit of damage but the Austrian pine behind it did not fare well with the weight of the ice.

Part of a cedar encased in ice.

The direction of the winds impacted the direction of the icicles on the trees.  Weather warnings for today replaced freezing rain with brisk winds so we can expect more downed trees and power lines.

This pine cone contained lard and bird seeds.

Another feeder encased in ice.

The balcony was also covered in ice with a maple branch leaning against it.  Fortunately as the ice melted the branch returned to its' proper position but it means that a pruning is in order.

Ice on the roof.

Ice everywhere!

~Thank you for visiting!~

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hoar Frost

Hello everyone, after the snowfall on Saturday I awoke on Sunday to a magical world!  Everywhere I looked everything was covered in hoar frost.  The air was perfectly still and it was just starting to get light outside.  I hope you enjoy these photos.

A view towards one of the sheep pastures.

Apple lane.

Magical moments as the sun is starting to come up.

Willoughby Gate

The cedar hedge on the way to the barn.

So peaceful.

 The sun is coming up and soon the wind will pick up as well.  By noon the frost will be gone.

~Thank you for visiting!~

Monday, March 7, 2016

Snowy Saturday

Hello everyone, I spent an enjoyable day on Saturday shopping with a dear friend and came home after lunch to heavy but beautiful snowfall.  Here are some photos.

Many of us have been experiencing unusually mild temperatures so far this winter with very little snowfall.  For the last few weeks Horatio seems to have had a bad case of spring fever and isnt going to let this bit of snow prevent him from a little patrol outside.

The little garden shed in the distance.

The crab apple with the Bailey statue softened by the falling snow.

Apple lane in the distance. 

Every garden has a name for one of our beloved pets.  The Canadian flag is in Tessie's garden.

I love this little maple with its' seeds still clinging to the branches.

I planted this "blue" spruce about 20 years ago when it was about 18 inches tall.  Every year I expect it to turn blue but it hasnt so far.

I hope you enjoyed this quick snowy visit!