Color is Coming!

As spring has approached, there has been more color. I know the last several posts have mostly been colors of winter (although there have been some very nice skies I may or may not have shared with you).

One of my favorite views in the last month (which I appear to have not photographed), was a foggy morning over snow. That was amazing. This will have to have to be close enough (please excuse the mess…we haven’t put the yard back together yet).

I took this picture a few nights ago as I was putting the chickens to bed.

Finally, this mushroom was something Rhythm discovered. I managed to keep her from chewing on it long enough to get the picture. Of course, as soon as I wasn’t as worried about it, she decided it was boring. Figures.

As always, there are more pictures.

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More Snow Stuff

We are excited about the space we created with the trees we took out and we’re looking forward to turning all the stumpy space into useful space. In the meantime, we’re enjoying playing on the stumps (although Rhythm didn’t seem to like being left on the ground).

The chickens really didn’t like the snow and refused to leave their house until it melted. I guess they were bored enough try playing the chicken version of “how many clowns can fit in the VW?”

We went up to Shenandoah to try to replicate the trip from last year. It wasn’t very similar at all and I suppose we should have known – we didn’t get nearly as much snow this year as we did in that one storm. So, while the road was (disappointingly) clear, we walked a little ways up the trail to Hightop. We saw a huge tree (Tony and I together couldn’t wrap our arms around it). It was a pretty hike, but it honestly wasn’t the most dramatic hike we’ve ever done. We had a good time and Rhythm was tired when we were done, so we were content.

As always, there are more pictures.

February Snows

The end of February was really snowy. We didn’t have a lot of time that we had to deal with this. Of course, when all the snow melted, we had a muddy, mucky mess.

Before the snow all melted, though, we took advantage of the different perspective. The woods feel different, even if they aren’t, when there is a thick layer of snow on the ground. We found evidence of some of our neighbors. I’d seen raccoon prints on the back stoop one night when my cat escaped, but nothing since. We heard the foxes last year, but we weren’t sure they were still around after all the trouble our neighbors had with keeping chickens alive. Of course, there were deer prints. We saw a few squirrel prints. Some dog other than Rhythm and maybe a cat (again, not ours).

And, of course, there was the sledding. This hill was amazing in the last snow. The second day we went out, it was slick enough that we were jumping off the sled at the bottom to avoid crashing into the trees.

As always, there are more pictures.