Winter Contrast

IMG_4222This is what my backyard looked like on February 3, 2015. The snow was at least two feet deep and it was bitterly cold, the high temperature that day was 21F (-6C) and the low was -6F (-21C).

This is what my yard looks like today:

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A flock of migrating robins is browsing on my bare lawn!

I have lived here for over 25 years and the lawn has never been bare in February. The soonest the snow ever melted was mid-March (maybe twice), though it is usually mid-April when all the snow melts.

Note the post next to the tree (about 11 o’clock) in the above photo.

Here it is last year, same date: IMG_4236 To date this winter, we have received very little snow. What few inches we did get ended in freezing rain, which froze into a thick layer of icy crust.  Walking in the woods and shaded areas is very treacherous unless you’re wearing crampons.

Tomorrow, heavy rain is predicted with a high of 53F (11C) and a low of 46F (7C). Such a contrast from last year! Welcome to the winter that wasn’t.

How are things in your neck of the woods?

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In A Vase On Monday – St. Brigid’s Cross

IMG_0736It’s been many weeks since I joined Cathy at Rambling In the Garden for her weekly meme to showcase a creation from my land or garden, because with everything fully dormant, there wasn’t much to inspire me.

Inspiration came today in a post by Murtagh’s Meadow, commemorating St. Brigid’s Day, a patron saint of Ireland, and the celebration of the first day of spring in that part of the world.

Although spring is another six weeks away for me, I thought I’d try my hand at a St. Brigid’s Cross. Never having made one, I looked for a video to see how it was made. I know of a wet place in the field across the road where rushes grow, so I headed out to cut a bunch.

It wasn’t difficult to make, and I reckon the above result is not bad for my first attempt! If hung above your door, it is said to protect you from evil, hunger and fire. Sounds like a fine charm to me!

Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly creation with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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Ice III

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Ice II

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Silent Spring 2

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Originally posted on Murtagh's Meadow:
I have just finished reading Dave Goulson’s – A Buzz in the Meadow. Goulson is Professor of Biology (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment) at the University of Sussex in the UK. He has completed many…

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3-Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

IMG_8204“If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author, and every day you have the opportunity to write a new page.”

~ Mark Houlahan

Participant Requests: Post an inspirational, uplifting quote for three consecutive days, and invite three other bloggers to join you.

This is an open invitation to anyone who might wish to participate – share your best quotes with us!

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3-Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

IMG_1522“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”

~ Wayne Dyer

Participant Requests: Post an inspirational, uplifting quote for three consecutive days, and invite three other bloggers to join you.

This is an open invitation to anyone who may wish to participate!

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