As i posted in Twitter before we lost our connection to the Internet This Halloween Nor'easter = poor man's pruning service. Big limbs came down all around us--except, gratefully, on the house or car. The woods echod with cracking limbs. we received much more snow than those gleeful meteorologists predicted. It was over the tops of my wellies. The snow sparkeled beautifully in our head lamps as we tromped about, shaking the heavy snow off shrubs and sweeping it off the tree limbs we could reach.
The top of our beloved birch was forced to bend beyond its limits. Am now pondering if our ladder is tall enough for me to reach it with our pruning stick.
Our neighbor's gorgeous, ancient magnolia seen here in its spring magnificence
lost most of its major limbs but i'm crossing my fingers that half of it can survive. And i'm kicking myself for not making sure i collected nicer images of it. One just doesn't think of blizzardy nor'easters in October, before the leaves fall.
We just learned from the sheriff who is monitoring the half dozen convicts who are clearing the last of the snow and ice from the driveway we share with a neighbor who is on disability that our neighborhood is just a small pocket that never lost power. Homes just behind us and miles all around are still without and the last two nights went down into the 20s. (the men are dressed in orange jumpsuits that in the sun and against the vast field of snow still on the garden hurt the eyes)
i am humbly counting my blessings!
And, considering the purchase of the heater recommended for this type of emergency to put in the basement where the water pipes run close to the outside wall. The last thing i want to deal with again in this lifetime is frozen water pipes. And, you know as well as i do that if i go ahead and buy it i'll never have to use it. Cheap insurance, i suppose. And, i could always lend it to a neighbor.
It has been a long, slow autumn. Too warm, early on then cool, crisp sunshine mixed with rain and glorious colors
This long, slow slide toward winter has me confused. i don't remember going this deep into October without a frost. Much to my surprise the morning glories are blooming like there is no tomorrow. And it may be the end, for them, this year.
If the meteorologists are correct everything changes tomorrow. The latest prognostication: 6-12 inches of snow may fall. Marly, who lives just north of here, has some already.
i confess that part me of is excited even though i'm also worried about that much snow when there are so many leaves still on the trees. i have my magnifying glass ready so i can see the first crystals, up close.
i'm also a bit wistful. i will miss these sweet stars.