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Posted on by Anne Cox

arbor crumpledAfter the November 3rd snow storm, I mean, blizzard, the first order of business (after resurrecting the Coleman camp stove for boiling water for coffee as the electricity had been long gone) was to survey the damage. Yes, a big spruce topped out. And a couple of birch have been creamed and will need to come down. I think I lost a pear and a small apple snapped in two. Branches and limbs are down. And at last the remnant of the birch to which the arbor in the woods was attached came down, bringing the old arbor with it.

coop crash Beyond the arbor was the next big crash. Though I had knocked the snow off the chicken wire roof of the outside run at the chicken coop, the load of the night’s heavy, wet snow was too much. Crash, rip, ruin. The chickens are fine — they are huddled in the coop, warm and dry with food and water. A repair job lies ahead.

maple leavesThere is destruction around, but also unexpected loveliness. When else would I see Japanese maple leaves on snow?

calendulaOr calendula, the flower of October, and it seems, November, still shining bright in spite of everything.

in hoop houseThe hoop houses stood up to the snow, and the one that is planted is full of lovely winter vegetables. Fortunately, before the storm, I was able to replace the torn end walls and repair the one door that had shattered in a windstorm last spring. So everything was tight and cozy. And I feel quite lucky that the winds kept the wet snow from building up too much on the structures as I have not yet put the winter snow supports in the two lower hoop houses. The spinach from here, by the way, has been phenomenally tasty.

beautiful beets And you gotta love seeing these healthy, strong beets on the inside, and snow on the outside. Beets, turnips, spinach, chard and kale are all doing well, and I expect to harvest these throughout the winter months. The radicchio, though, I seem not have started soon enough as the plants are just starting to think about heading up. Maybe they will do something before the sun disappears entirely, but I am a bit doubtful. So note to self: start the radicchio earlier if I want any in the winter.

emmet and stuEmmett and Stuart are not well pleased. In spite of their efforts to stay on dry, snow-free spots, they do have to tiptoe through the snow. Fortunately this morning anyway, the crust of ice on top of the snow is enough to keep them from sinking down. Well, maybe Stuart is a bit too heavy to stay on top all the time.

Off to vote today.

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