Pax

That’s what the Weather Channel called last week’s storm – Pax. As in it “pax” a punch.

I was in Montpelier when the snow began falling Thursday, visiting the Vermont Statehouse. Only Howard Dean would have his official governor portrait sitting on the shore of a lake by a canoe with a paddle in his hand.

Howard Dean
Howard Dean

 

The snow started falling around noon there; by the time I left town around 2:15 it wasn’t too bad. I headed south to Woodstock, stopping along the way to put Moby into 4×4 mode. From Woodstock I headed to the Lake Morey Resort with 16 curling stones in the back and additional gear equipment. I had volunteered to shuttle the stones for the “Pondspiel” the Woodstock Curling Club was hosting last weekend.

Getting home around 6 pm, I went up to the barnyard, gave Cedar her last shot, and turned her and her nameless companion back in with the rest of the ewes. I let the boys back into their normal pen, and left the barn door open for the night. Cedar and Scampie each had a couple inches of snow piled on their backs. The winds were forecast to increase as the storms progressed and I decided the sheep needed shelter.

Friday morning at 7:30 I cranked up the snow blower and cut a path up the driveway to the barnyard gate. The snow was so high, it took me about 10 minutes to get there.

Path to the barnyard
Path to the barnyard

Drifts around the gate were close to 3 feet tall. I cleared away the snow on both sides of the gate, went in, pulled down three bales of hay – two for the girls, one for the guys – and just tossed them on the snow. ┬áBreakfast time! I noticed one of the water buckets was completely covered by at least a foot of driven snow.

The pile of snow that falls off the roof by the back door is easily over 8 feet tall now. It took me at least 10 minutes to shovel a 12 foot path from the door to the driveway.

Snow pile at the back door
Snow pile at the back door
Snow pile by the back door from the office window
Snow pile by the back door from the office window

Winds got up to 25 mph, making some interesting formations around the house.

 

 

One Response to “Pax”

  1. Loretta

    Just got caught up on about a month’s worth of posts – wow!!! Two “Vewes” to a Kill made me cry. I respect you both very much for being a part of Crosby’s and Still’s final moments. Can’t wait to get up there – hope the snow sticks around (without giving you too much trouble).

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