It is hard to believe that just ten days ago I was in sunny California gardening in a tee-shirt. There was a brief snowstorm just before I came back that Beth managed to clear from the driveway by herself. One should always have a tractor or a wife for such occasions. And then another one of 4 to 5 inches midweek. Followed by the megastorm over the weekend. And just when we thought we had exceeded all expectations yet another one hit the mid-Atlantic. And Frederick was just about storm-central for the last two. The good part is that we have holiday pictures for years to come.
We had lots of warning for the megastorm so we got supplies in and settled back to watch.
From the back door you could see the normal outlines of our backyard.
And by Sunday morning we had a quite different scene.
It helped that we have the Kubota tractor but even so this took some serious digging.
And then by Tuesday and Wednesday we did a reprise of the snowstorm — this time with wind. We were still well prepared as long as power persisted (which it did) and we had logs for the fireplace.
And we kept the birds well fed, though I think they honestly wanted to come inside.
This morning the aftermath of the two big storms left us with a very wintry look, more like our northern neighbors.
We are dug out once again and we still have some staggering icicles hanging down from the roof. So much for the added insulation we put in last year.
And where indeed are those lovely little snowdrops and the first Winter Aconite buds that I saw before I went to Calif…