Thursday Feb 28, 2008

Bring on SPRING !

Ah....   Spring.

Even just the word itself sounds wonderful, but too much like a whispered promise that will never be kept.

This winter in New Hampshire started with record breaking snowfalls in December.

January brought some needed thaws and, of course, more snow.

And February brought more snow.   11 inches of it in this week alone.

Local schools have had SEVERAL "snow days".   Local businesses, too.   Of course, working from home, Georg and I have only missed a few hours of work (not days) due to snowstorms....

So far this season, we have had 18 "plowing events".   That's a snow storm that results in everyone getting out their plows.   And following some of those events, a few extra "tidy up" plowing hours were also required.

The snow banks have continued to grow.   Impressively tall snow piles have accumulated.   Thanks to the warm spells followed by hard freezes, many of these have frozen solid and are now like cement!

Snow sliding off the bigger roofs have created several snow removal challenges.   And the thaws & freezes have created icy roads and driveways over and over again.   Salt & sand have had to be applied each time.

We have put in many hours maneuving our plow up and down the driveways and around the barns.   And, like many in town, we've also paid various professionals & friends with bigger tractors, front loaders, and plows who have also put in several hours plowing, sanding, moving snow piles around our property, and helping improve accessibility.

Lovely as it is, and believe me it is Absolutely Stunningly Beautiful ! this winter has been down right expensive!   And, that's just in terms of driveway maintenance!

Across New Hampshire, this winter is considered a record breaker.   Season snowfall accumulation statistics are expected to exceed the 100 inch mark.   Very impressive!

However, with that, the costs of this winter are also likely to be record breaking for the people of New Hampshire!   A lot of resources ---- Time & $$$$ ---- go into "coping" with the record snowfalls...

And, I understand another snow storm is coming Saturday....   Oh joy.

Time to hook up the plow again and bring in more firewood!

Monday Jan 07, 2008

Snow! Snow! Snow!

By the end of December, we had a record 54" of snow in New Hampshire!   Outrageous really!   And beautiful as well!

But this meant that what was supposed to be a quiet two weeks vacation from work turned into two weeks of plowing, shovelling, snowblowing, and doing all of the horse farm chores when our staff were simply unable to drive to the farm due to road conditions!

People have asked, "How do the horses like the snow?".   Great question.

Overall, I have to say, "The horses love it!"   When it's not -4 degrees Fahrenheit, which it was just last week, when the wind isn't whipping the snow into irregular drifts across the pastures and blowing away the afternoon hay, the horses really do make the most of the white stuff.

They roll.   They play.   They goof around.

Winter Wonderland has definitely come to New Hampshire!

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