After the big thaw yesterday, we were surprised when we got up to find it was snowing! I guess the weather can be just as unpredictable here as in the UK. It didn't last long though and was followed by sleet and general greyness. However we went for our usual walk to collect the post. I took a photo of the lake which appears to be thawing.
A misty drippy day today. The sound of water dripping is everywhere.
Minor roads and driveways are slushy making walking difficult at times. As your foot presses down it slips down further into the snow. If it froze it would make all the roads trecherous, but that is unlikely. The forecast is for above freezing, at least for the next few days, making it quite balmy in comparison to how it's been.
The snow still clings to the roof of the barn which has original tiles.
I noticed the other day that the snow was starting to melt in a line across the garden. That line has become more distinct now leaving banks of snow either side untouched. Because temperatures can get so low here, (we have experienced -20) the water pipes have an electric cable attached to them to stop the pipes from freezing. The ground can freeze up to 1.70 metres underground. I think I know where these pipes run!
Well the first day of March brought a thaw. Slow at first. But it continues, and gradually the snow begins to fall off the roof of the house, the garage and the barn. Making some weird shapes! It's amazing how so much snow can just hang in one big sheet before eventually it falls. Then of course there are the icicles.
Although the shortest month, February seems to me to be one of the longest. After the excitement and anticipation of Christmas in December and then the getting back to normal that January brings, February is just too long! Okay one of my favourite flowers the snowdrop is out and about, but apart from that, it's still dark and cold and miserable.
But not this year! February 2007 has flown by. Where it's gone I don't know, but there's still snow and ice around and maybe that's why I haven't noticed February come and go so quickly!