November 12, 2017:


It's hard to believe, but winter has arrived early in my hometown. One week it was in the 70s and gorgeous outside, the next week it dropped down into the 40s and then boom, less than a week later, into the 30s. We've already had several hard freezes, the earliest that's happened since I moved here in 2014. Anyway, the trees had not even begun to turn color yet in the neighborhood - and now most of them are bare due to the many hard freezes and strong winds that blew most of the days last week. Wowsers! Today, however, the sun stayed out all day, there was no wind to speak of, and the temperatures felt positively balmy outside. I was very glad because I had to be out and about today.

So, the poor trees did not have a "fall" this year but we did get enough rain to ease my mind that my pines and shrubs will have enough moisture in the ground to survive the winter. The squirrels are SO fat and SO furry, I can't help but think they know we're in for a bad winter. Sigh. I'm way behind in everything including lots of garden clean-up that now I won't get to unless we get a few days of "Indian Summer," which doesn't seem likely this year. I did, however, get everything outdoors pretty much put away, except for the area rug (it needs to be "washed" with some soap and rinsed off) and the mosquito net curtains on my Shezebo. Now I'm already thinking about Christmas, and soon it will be here, before we know it! So, I figured it's about time I put up my "autumn" photographs from prior years as the seasonal header here at Maison Newton. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, that will be here soon and then it's into full-tilt Christmas decorating. Take care, everyone!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Calm Before the (Next) Storm...

Hola Darlings!

It's a gloriously beautiful Sunday here.  The sky is bright blue and sunny, not a cloud to be seen.  I had my early morning constitutional hiking down to the Walgreens and back.  It's cold but not windy, the Sun's warmth feels so good on my face!

When I got back from my trek to Walgreens I pulled out the trusty old Nikon and took some pictures.  There is still a LOT of snow here, and more is on the way, alas!

Current view out of the front door - I've got a nice path shoveled to the road, except for...

 ...the end of the driveway, where the snow is packed and frozen hard!  Very difficult
to attack with a plastic shovel (plastic but very sturdy).  My plan is to -- let it melt...
The storm that blew in from the northeast this past Wednesday crusted everything with wet, heavy snow.
Many of my shrubs and neighbors' too are still crusted/buried in the heavy snow.

 Of couse, deep snow and cold doesn't stop the critters for very long.  One must eat, after all... 
Tracks from the side of the house to the front -- that's my driveway underneath half a ton of snow.
Big snowbanks, but look at that blue sky.  This is my view toward the north.

Isn't this beautiful!  My view out of my front window, looking due east.  Look at that sky! 
Blue skies, smiling at me, nothing but blue skies do I see...

Bonjour, Maison Newton!  If you look closely, you can see I've got the lace curtain drawn up today
to let the sunshine in.  On the left, you can see a good foot of snow depth in the unshoveled part of the driveway.
A view from the backyard deck, toward the south.  My poor juniper bush!  Can you see the critter path from
underneath the sheltering juniper to my deck (that's where I put the food when the snow is this deep).

Evidence of an alien invasion of massive proportions...

 Storm damage.  I wasn't able to get close enough to determine if the arborvitae's branch is snapped,
though I suspect it is, and will, sadly, have to be cut off.

Hark!  What shells do yonder break?  They are hazelnut, and Maison Newton is the source (pardon me, Shakespeare...)

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