Saturday, March 7, 2015

six feet deep

turkey trail
everyone knows this winter's a tough one.
it's been so cold
i'm ashamed to say
that i've not skied since before
the bitterness set in.
the experts have said that the frost
is six feet into the ground.
new neighbors
now that's pretty darned cold!
and problematic for several adirondack 
and north country municipal water services
not to mention 
people with wells
and frozen faucets.
found roadsalt heart
 bear with me: 
our national bird--almost
this morning it's snowing. 
 round bales
the "english" farmers
 and the amish farmers
 corn ladies
have moved so much snow around
just to do their chores.
i know what that's like. 
once upon a time,
i hauled 12 five gallon buckets
filled with warm water
 every day to the barn
from my bathtub.
backyard visitor 
i am thankful that this winter
i don't have any animal chores.
i buy these in town.
 susan's eggs.
yokes are a marvelous orange
and the shells and sizes are delightful!
and i'm working away 
between school dayz and full moon sleeps 
on a new hortus siccus book.
have heard that my april class in maine
is filling up.
it will be a wonderful and busy class.
with the book arts bazaar 
the next day.


Alice said...

Oh the windblown snow in photo #2. You could learn a lot from that.

Els said...

Can't imagine so much snow : here the crocusses and snowdrops are having fun and soon the first daffodils will appear ...
But lovely pictures, Velma !
(beautiful colours, those eggs !)

Gwen Diehn said...

Your planet seems to be different from mine! I can almost hear the creaking of the snow from your photos, so lovely and still and enduring.

Barry said...

Hi V - it certainly seems to have been, and still is, a hard cold time over your way. The only positive is the beauty of the snowed landscape. And I just love that you have highland cattle - favourites of Fiona and I. Stay warm. B

Velma Bolyard said...

alice, it's my beach. sorta.
els, snow is poor (wo)man's fertilizer, so maybe the spring flowers will be even more lovely.
gwen, it's not creaking now...but it was for ever so long.
barry, aren't they just beautiful? they're over by the new place.

Anonymous said...

love that "beach" but am happier strolling on mine. the corn ladies are looking pretty sad and even the Highland cattle look a bit rough. It's going to take awhile for that 6 feet of frost to break through, yikes!

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, we're all looking a bit "rough" around here.and it's snowing today but it's quite warm.

jude said...

hi. there is melting here today

Velma Bolyard said...

jude, snowing/melting both here today.

Mo Crow said...

that roadsalt heart says a lot Velma

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, all, or nothing at all...

Valerianna said...

Yikes... 6 feet of frost, guess we're saved by the very deep snows that are insulating the ground, otherwise, water would be scarce at my house, I imagine. On the other hand, I might not have had my washing machine overflow, just yet, anyway. Good eggs.

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, don't be sure, we've got 2-3 feet in most spots of heavy snow. that plus the prolonged minus degree cold is happening here. but it is thawing some.

Fiona Dempster said...

It sounds as if it is bitter-tough Velma - tenaciously gripping to the cold core of winter. I hope the thaw begins soon, and small signs appear...
Love the "coos" and the eggs!

neki desu said...

oh velma, you had disappeared from my reading list! you're back again.
re the cold: i wouldn't mind it with a fur coat like that ;)

Barbara Casillas said...

Wonderful pictures. I am in awe every time I see your winter photos. You could almost create a book with them, using words very sparsely, because the pictures tell it all. I've never seen highland cattle. How beautiful they are. Their long coats remind me of how animals are given what they need to live in different environments. I can imagine it is much more difficult for you and your neighbors, but you continue to be inspired by it's wonder.

Velma Bolyard said...

barbara, remember i chose to live and stay living here. i love this place for a variety of reasons, the wild and rugged landscape is one of them. it's hard to live here, but it's worth it!

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, those eggs make me so happy!
neki, here and back again, pooF!

Barbara Casillas said...

Yes, I can understand your love of where you live. Besides the cold and ruggedness, the photos show a silence and peace that only exists in natural settings. My siblings and I have been going to Sequoia National Park since we were children, for those same reasons.

Velma Bolyard said...

barbara, i would someday love to see sequoia...

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