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Thursday, December 29, 2011

14 Inches and Counting....

Late December greetings from the Bluff above the Cascade River...


We've been having fun doing things like splitting kindling for our wood stoves...

More later on what other mischief we've been into with the power tools. Mostly we've been enjoying a real winter up here. Unlike MInneapolis and St. Paul, where we understand it's been brown with occasional icy rain (yechhh) we're getting white stuff up here and lots of it!
One of our trail cairns... Each one has a special meaning for us. Doesn't this one look lovely with a cap of snow?
This week we've had snow three times. I measured -- 14 inches and counting! 
Here I am, on snowshoes at last (there's finally enough on the ground to make it worthwhile) by those cedars I've mentioned before...
Three white cedars growing together... Awesome!
The trees look wonderful decked out in their winter duds...
...our snowshoe tracks heading back...
I'm on the "Nancy Trail"... what a fabulous trail -- thanks for the help with the clippers and brush clearing, Nancy!
Looks tempting, doesn't it?
We have two kinds of birch on our land: paper and yellow. Here's one of each species snuggled right next to one another. These ladies were growing from an old downed white spruce stump. Mama Nature showing off...
Late afternoon (about 3pm is late during this part of the year) and the east border trail leads south. The snow makes our trail look so neat and well-defined! Wait til next August... all this will be filled in again unless Nancy comes back with those clippers and helps us out... You too could have a trail named after you, dear blog-follower, just plan your trip to Cascade Bluff to coincide with our trail maintenance chores!
Afternoon is getting on... late this time of year is 3 pm...
"The Winter Garden." Our first raised bed in the front, and the dormant compost heap in the back... waiting for spring...
Here's a far off view of the bluff to our east. I don't get photos of this one very often.
Here's Val doing some birch reconnaissance ... this stand has a few that look kinda funky. We'll be out there with our chainsaw in the near future gathering next winter's firewood. Watch for a blog post of the lumberjack ladies, of course! And don't worry, we'll be wearing our headgear and Kevlar chaps...
A final shot of mid-winter light... mysterious... and the signal to head indoors for a nice hot bowl of chili and a cup of hot cocoa!

1 comment:

  1. I might just take you up on the trail building. August in Minnesota would be better than August in GA.

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