Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Winter Winds

We had a bit of a storm on Sunday, December 28. Just a bit. Winds gusting over 100 km/h wreaked havoc with trees creating power outages in many areas, but we don't have that problem here; just the opposite. Years of deforestation have created a windy corridor and we're smack in the middle of it. The few mature trees that were left standing on our property were damaged during the great ice storm of 1998; suffice it to say the state of our trees is in sad repair. We're busy replanting to create a wind break and otherwise replenish the landscape but we won't reap the benefits for many years to come.
This is what the southern side of our barn looked like after the last storm. The roof has peeled back before, and Eric did a hasty patch-job, but this time it's a goner. This will definitely expedite the destruction of this section, so once again we are being told by Nature what our priorities are.

The wall shown in the above photo was the original exterior wall, before the dairy cow section was added decades ago. When we tear down this section, this will be the outside wall again. We have a lot of work to do on this old barn, and are having trouble finding workers willing and able to do the repairs. We are seriously at the point of doing the work ourselves.

This door is big and heavy. And the hinges were solid, so it must have taken quite the gust to get it where it finally landed.

The warm winds melted the snow on the field across from us. It was more like a lake complete with white-caps by the time the front finished moving through. The snowmobilers won't be too happy with the condition of their trail - those little signs in the field mark it - so until we have another substantial snowfall things will be quiet. (Yay!)

Howarnator was watching "Squirrel TV" from the bathroom window. He got so excited that I decided to open the window, and he jumped right out into the snow. He sunk into it and plowed his way to the tree he saw the squirrels in, then proceeded to climb up high. The squirrels were long gone, but that didn't stop the Howarnator's imagination. He was enthralled.

Meanwhile, BobCat had the right idea: nab the best spot in the house, namely a big sheepskin rug I brought out of storage. Add a sunbeam, and all's right with the world!

Here's to a wonderful 2009, may it be full of warmth and happiness for all!

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