We got a couple more inches of snow this morning.
Beehives and trees with snow:
Berry cage with snow:
The shallow (foreground) end of the pond is frozen, but the deep (back) half is liquid:
The back lawn covered with snow, with the brown gazebo in the distance, and the old chicken coop on the right:
The flag is snagged on a branch, with a little snow on it:
We got some about an inch of unexpected snow yesterday. Some pictures from this morning.
Chickens in the veggie garden with snow:
Beehives in the snow:
Snow sliding off the greenhouse:
Brown gazebo with snow:
The pond isn’t frozen:
We got a few more inches of snow overnight. This morning we lost power… still off a couple of hours later as I write this, though predicted to be back on soon. Hopefully. We have UPSes powering our internet, but no water, since we’re on a well. One day we want to get a whole-house generator, or Tesla Powerwall, but those are expensive. We do have a portable generator, but that doesn’t help with the water, and isn’t needed unless the power stays off for a long time.
Anyway, this morning Jenn and Rory joined me on the rounds, and I took a few more snowy pics.
This is the tree by the chicken run. The branches are usually high enough to walk under, not touching the ground:
The pond is frozen today; unsurprising with the temperature below freezing:
The brown gazebo and chicken coop:
Jenn taking a picture of the snow by the pond arbor:
A view of the frozen pond from the pond deck:
Rory enjoyed some off-leash scampering in the field; she loves to run in the snow:
The apple orchard in the field, with the white gazebo in the background:
Rory sniffing deer tracks by the bird feeders:
Happy Caturday! Only 17 pictures this week.
Here’s Poppy by the heated water dish:
Two cats inside:
Not a cat: a raccoon dared to go inside the shelter:
Poppy is waiting for breakfast:
Me refilling the food dispenser. It sits on a drawer for easy filling:
I spilt a little food on the ground, so the cats were happy to help clean it up:
All five cats inside:
Another not-a-cat: a raccoon turned up during breakfast time. I let Rory out onto the deck, which scared it off:
Since I got a number of nice comments that people enjoyed different views of the cat house, here are a few more. Looking across the small pond:
A close-up of the “Cat House Saloon” and “Mercantile” signs:
A side view, with the white gazebo and pond deck just visible in the background:
Straight on, from further away:
A disappointed possum in the feeder area:
All five cats outside:
All five inside:
That’s all for this week.
Today we did some gardening. Firstly we cleared out one of the flowerbeds, moving things we wanted to keep to other beds, then spraying and hoeing the remainder (mostly weeds and dead flowers), then marked positions for planting with stakes, string, and spray paint:
We then planted some daylilies in triangle patterns, with each triangle the same color. We only have three colors for now, but will be adding another three later, for a nice rainbow sequence:
We also planted some shrubs around the back of the cat house, to give them a bit more privacy (and the back isn’t super attractive; it was originally going to be somewhere where the back wouldn’t be visible).
They are Oregon Grape & Red Flowering Currant shrubs:
Finally, we planted some Ivory Halo Dogwood shrubs out the front by the dogyard, to help fill in a previously useless corner of the field, and give more privacy for the swimming pool. I’ll closely mow and bark this area later:
A productive day!