Oh my word! It is cold! Hahaha! In just a week our weather has gone from fall to serious winter. This is our third winter living in Maine and we still love it – just so you know. And we are still amazed and surprised by many things we encounter. Particularly the weather.
Remember green grass and tractors and such harvesting? Remember rolls of hay being rounded up to feed the animals throughout the long winter? Remember beautiful skies of blue and sunshine? This photo was taken 5 days ago. For real. And the very next day it was this:
Yes. We woke up to snow the next morning. Not much but enough. Most of these photos are going to be either shot through the kitchen window or the upstairs deck window. And a few will be outdoors. But we are talking serious digits here, folks. It was a -1 when we got up this morning.
Front yard. Mark kept insisting the snow wouldn’t stay. That it would melt. I was like . . . nope, it is here to stay. And stay it has so far.
And out the upstairs third floor deck. Notice the icicles that were just starting to hang from the roofline. This snow was followed by an ice storm which started the buildup of icicles.
We have metal roofs which are great for allowing the snow to slide off. But ice just hangs in there until a big push comes along. What you see here is a solid layer of ice that has slid down the roof and is stubbornly hanging on. And a whole lot of tiny icicles dripping down from there.
Hahaha! Even Belle wanted socks on her feet. Please excuse the state of her dirty socks. Hahahaha!
You can see my big dragons standing out in the snow. Last year before the season was over Maleficent and Mushu were shoulder deep in snow.
Just down the road from our house – we rode up to the diner. We were the only customers. Come on, people, even the Florida folks aren’t afraid to drive in this. That road is clear because we have great snow plow drivers where we live.
Each winter I expect this barn to fall down from the weight of the snow. We will see how it does this winter.
This is a whole new set of icicles on the front porch because I knocked those others down with a shovel. And all of these came back before nightfall.
Later that day we got into the car to venture out for free cake day 🙂 and this was on the floor board of the car. It is the ice from the bottom of my boot. It had been in the car since morning and still had not melted.
Let’s see. I shot this through the living room window. This ice was hanging from the bottom of the second level deck roof. Kind of lacy and cool.
My dragons from the other side. Usually there are a few more dragons out here but the babies are inside the basement safe for the winter.
Upstairs again, those icicles and a solid sheet of ice was just hanging there. I did not go outside anywhere near this. Shot this photo through the glass doors. Some of those icicles were longer than the railing. And some of them were curling up and pointing towards the roof line. Weird.
The streams are already starting to get ice on them. We have already seen one pond that was completely frozen over. It is amazing to me how fast things progress once they get started.
Long icicles! And I didn’t realize Mark was trying to show me how wide they get as well.
Mark actually got to hunt a little last night. Saw a couple birds and a little red squirrel. He enjoyed it and came home freezing. Hahaha! This is actually in our back yard. The bear cave is to the left a little ways.
What was he hoping to see? This guy. He came by earlier in the day and would have walked right past Mark’s hunting blind. Can’t shoot moose up here unless you have a permit and Mark has never been successful in getting one. But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t have enjoyed watching such a magnificent beast walking through our yard. Again.
Last picture for this post. This morning we had loads of icicles on the front porch. Look how far that ice pad extended from the roofline. And look how wide some of those icicles are! This extended the entire width of the front porch. Probably 20 feet? I’m not good with that stuff. Let me go ask Mark. 24 – 30 feet long. And solid icicles like this. We stood on the porch – to the right in this photo – and Mark used a long handle shovel and whacked the daylights out of these things and knocked all the ice off of the entire length of the porch. Made a lot of noise and a huge mess out in the yard. And the only thing better would have been if I had thought to video it. May never see this again but if I do – I will video it and show you! Stay warm! Stay safe!