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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Our Tuesday morning snowfall, March 18, 2008.

Posted on 2008.03.19 at 09:04
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Can you believe it? This post has nothing to do with Frodo, Tolkien, or men's underwear.

Last week, looking at your LJ's at entries in which some of you showed the view from where you live, I remember thinking, "well, there's nothing noteworthy about our view. (Well, there *is* a huge, gorgeous lake four blocks away down the hill, but we sit too low to see it over the houses across the street.) Yesterday morning, however, I woke up to see snow. Again. For heaven's sake, it's Holy Week, practically Easter! Enough, already! But it was so pretty, I took photographs. For those who like snow pictures, I have posted a few.

I shouldn't complain, really. Except for a lot of snow in December, it's been virtually snowless here, a snowy place, so our lack of snow has constituted a drought. It has snowed, but just a few inches here and there. Enough to be a nuisance but not enough to help the water table. So we need any precipitation we can get. And this snow was extra-pretty. Because it was just below freezing (toasty for here), the snow was damp and sticky and clung to every horizontal surface, flocking everything with a thick white blanket of snow: trees, shrubs, power and clothes lines, houses, fences, parked cars, everything. There was no wind to blow it off, and it was warm enough to stand outside in my slippers to take the pictures. I loved how still it was, nothing moving but the last flakes falling. All sound was muffled (until the next snow blower cranked up).



This is the view out the back of the house. This was my first view of the new snow fall.

Here's the view of the street from the side porch. My husband, dear man, had blown the snow out of the driveway before I even woke up.

Still dim under the heavy skies, the world a soft, Lothlórien blue (Tolkien gets into my posts no matter what), people leaving for early-morning jobs drove by in near-silence. Their headlights looked like homey in the blue twilight, like lanterns.

From the front step, this is my husband beginning to shovel the front walk. (I only did the finishing touches and the side walkway, after he'd left for work.)

Ah! He's made it up past the bird feeders. The birds (and the squirrels and rabbits) will be very happy after I clear out the snow beneath it, to uncover the fallen seed.

The finished walk, with a nice view of the flocking on the trees, a ghostly car driving by.

I'm very glad I took these photos. As I suspected, because of the snow's weight and the day's warmth, the flocking began dropping off as soon as the snow stopped. By noon the trees were bare, stray clumps of snow on the driveway and walks had melted, and you'd never know there had been a new snowfall.

~ Mechtild


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Millilicious is Delicious
millilicious at 2008-03-19 14:56 (UTC) (Link)
Uwaaah~~ So pretty~! We had a lot of snow this year and it was lovely~ I'm just happy that we're finally getting into spring~! I do love to see snow and go playing in it, but spring is definitely my favourite season~~
mechtild at 2008-03-19 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
I'm definitely ready for spring, too, Bhoay. But I'm not holding my breath. Last year our biggest snow storm was in March (but earlier than this), and they say it can snow significantly into April (I've lived here for eight winters now, and this has never happened so far - just flurries). I'd prefer some nice gentle spring rain.
belleferret at 2008-03-19 14:58 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely pictures. I like the one of your husband with the red shovel in the blue world.
mechtild at 2008-03-19 15:48 (UTC) (Link)
I liked that red shovel, too, Belleferret. It was even bluer and redder in the original pic, but it was almost too dark to see anything. It is actually quite light here now at 7 am, but it was so overcast with the snow, it still looked like pre-sunrise.
just_ann_now at 2008-03-19 15:01 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's gorgeous - I can practically taste and smell that snow.
mechtild at 2008-03-19 15:52 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, stop, you, sitting there in spring flower-heaven. Everytime I talk to my mother she's, like, "Ooooh! It says nearly 80 out on the deck (there's a thermometer). Too bad all the daffodils are gone, but there's still a tulip or two." *jealous face* She's just a little ways up US 95 from you.

LOVE your crocus icon! (Mechtild: "I remember crocuses.... They were all over the grounds at school in Philadelphia: cute little flowers that pop up through the leaves in spring. But what's spring? I can't quite recall....")
Map-Maker, Lighthouse-Keeper
marinshellstone at 2008-03-19 15:06 (UTC) (Link)
beautiful! While I have a feeling I am a SoCal girl now forever, I still love snow and these soft quiet mornings when the world looks like that...
mechtild at 2008-03-19 15:54 (UTC) (Link)
I wish *I* was a SoCal girl. Seriously, Hadara. Every time we go visit my sister (she lives on the outskirts of a small town in Mendocino county about 3 hours north of San Francisco) I whine, "I WANNA LIVE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!" But many factors make that unlikely for us, primarily the cost.
shirebound at 2008-03-19 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, that's a lot of snow! I love how everything looks blue.

What a dear husband!
mechtild at 2008-03-19 15:55 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, Shirebound, it was far bluer! I lightened the pictures so the stuff in them would show up better in computer monitor-size images. It really was gorgeous, but I'm pretty sick of winter at this point. ;)
primula_baggins at 2008-03-19 15:48 (UTC) (Link)
It looks like you live in a beautiful area! It's a Winter wonderland.

What a nice husband you have to go out and blow/shovel so much snow. And I adore the little bird houses with snow on them.

mechtild at 2008-03-19 15:59 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he's a lovely shoveler. But he knows that I don't have the chops to move a lot of snow (trick back, recent surgery, and loads of other less sturdy excuses). The snow is lovely (when it's new, unlike the mounds of old stuff we've mostly looked at during January and February, covered in road dirt). But I'd love to move somewhere warmer someday. Perhaps, perhaps.
mariole at 2008-03-19 18:40 (UTC) (Link)
mechtild at 2008-03-19 21:06 (UTC) (Link)
Your icon or the snow? I'll take the icon, you can have the snow. ;) Actually, it's been in the forties today and sunny, so we're seeing a bit of melting happening, even in the dirty piled-up snow under the pretty, fresh snow (that is now already memory).
(Anonymous) at 2008-03-19 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
What a wonder to wake up to, Mechtild! I have to say it looks very pretty in your little corner of the world. I adore trees, and they're just as beautiful in this blue twilight, every naked branch and twig laden with snow, as they are brightly clothed in their summer leaves. Gorgeous photographs. Thank you for sharing.

~ Blossom.
mechtild at 2008-03-19 21:08 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome, Blossom. It's warm today, well above freezing and sunny, so all that lovely new snow is gone and the dirty stuff underneath is back on view. I'm ready for it all to be gone. Actually, you really *would* have loved the look of it yesterday morning, since you appreciate hoarfrost. :)
lily_the_hobbit at 2008-03-19 21:01 (UTC) (Link)
that's so beautiful!!!
mechtild at 2008-03-19 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it was gorgeous, Lily. It's melted off, now, but I am SURE it will be spring soon, and the piles of old snow will go, the brown grass will become green, buds will begin to peep out of the branches, and plants will begin to poke through the soil. I just hope it isn't in June, lol!
pearlette at 2008-03-19 21:02 (UTC) (Link)
Can you believe it? This post has nothing to do with Frodo, Tolkien, or men's underwear.

Holy moly. :p

And that is a whole ton of snow!!!! *stares*
Goodness me.

I am fed up with March here: the days are getting lighter and lighter, there are clear signs of spring but it's still cold and damp and miserable.

But only Scotland gets snowfalls like THIS.

It's very, very pretty. :) That soft ethereal blue snow-light is something else. Unreal!

It's good to see you, Mechtild, I have been wondering how you are.

Not that I've posted in my own LJ for over a month. Time goes by fast!
mechtild at 2008-03-19 21:16 (UTC) (Link)
And that is a whole ton of snow!!!! *stares*

The new snowfall was only about 3-4 inches. All the snow underneath it, making it look so high, is packed, dirty stuff, mostly from significant storms back in December. But January and February have been so cold and so grey, almost none of it has melted; it just compacted.

I am fed up with March here: the days are getting lighter and lighter, there are clear signs of spring but it's still cold and damp and miserable.

Really? The only time I spent a lot of time in England was thirty years ago, in February and March. The weather was surprisingly lovely after NYC, everything green and growing, with crocus up in the end of February. Soon daffodils were filling the parks. There was plenty of rain, but sunny days, too, and NO snow. That must have been a mild year.

I haven't been on LJ? You're right. I just looked. I posted quite a few times in Feb., but my last post was March 1. Almost three weeks ago.

I'll bet you're pretty busy, actually, considering the week of the year it is. Are you preaching any of the Triduum liturgies?

Edited at 2008-03-19 09:17 pm (UTC)
stillscarlet at 2008-03-19 21:14 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely, lovely, lovely! How nice to see some pictures of where you live, Mechtild! :)

We get snow like that most winters, but just one or two falls. And everything comes to a standstill! Looks like you just get on with it in your neck of the woods, being used to the white stuff.

Autumn is muscling in, down here. Have had some lovely warm days, though.
mechtild at 2008-03-19 21:45 (UTC) (Link)
I'll bet it snows were you live, up in the mountains! Actually, most of that snow in the pictures fell in December. I was just telling Pearl that it's been so extremely cold and grey all during January and February, it never really melted, just compacting down, getting harder and icier and dirtier. We've had flurries and piddly one or two-inch snow falls since December, but nothing to suit people who like to cross-country ski, or kids who want to use their sleds on local hills. The paying downhill skiing slopes near here have snow machines that put fresh powder on the runs, but for most people up here, snow sports are done all over the place (and for free). The cross-country skiers have all been complaining about the hard, rutted state of the ski trails this winter since Christmas. Well, I'd love it to all go away at this point.

Autumn! Right, you're high up, and on south island, aren't you? Did I ever tell you that Rachel is doing her "semester abroad" now in Australia? She's at a college in Geelong near Melbourne. She said it was 100 a few days ago (Farenheit), and that it was 90 in her dorm room. That's hot, I think, even for there. Well, she is spending half of her life savings on a package tour (mostly for students) that takes them for a nine-day excursion along the sea, from Brisbane to Cairns, during the spring break in a few days. Such weather will be great for what they plan to do. We hope she takes lots of pictures.
aredhelebenesse at 2008-03-19 21:29 (UTC) (Link)
Oh you have the Easter snow problem as well! But it looks so pretty in your place! We have now snow again, but not that much and it thaws away after some minutes, before the new snow falls and so on.
mechtild at 2008-03-19 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Aredhelebenesse! Yes, it does look pretty in the pictures, all fluffy-looking on top, and so high. But as I was telling folks above, the snow out there is mostly from big snowfalls in December that haven't melted yet, because of our very cold and grey January and February. The fresh snow that fell the night before last is all gone now, just like yours. Now we're back to the old snow beneath it. But if it continues to rise above freezing every day, we'll be rid of it eventually. Hurray! Come hither, spring!
The One Mari
marigold6 at 2008-03-19 22:14 (UTC) (Link)
So beautiful...it almost looks unreal. Thank you for posting these, dear - and tell your hubbie he's a marvelous fellow - and a cutie too.

If you cropped the first one [to avoid the poles and stuff] or any of the ones with the feeders, thsoe would make lovely icons.
mechtild at 2008-03-19 22:21 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome to crop them for icons, Marigold. Thank you for stopping by the Winter Wonderland (now melted, well, the fresh snow, that is). My husband really is a very nice man. I'll tell him you thought he was a cutie. He'll be gratified. :)
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mechtild at 2008-03-20 02:00 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Mews. Thanks so much for stopping in. Yes, the red shovel makes a nice effect in all that blue.

I browsed pages of f-list this morning quickly (I had got way behind this week doing stuff in real life and trying to work on a project), and if I recall you are recovering from something. Is it the same thing, or a new onslaught? I hope you can recover soon. I'll bet your sick of being sick. ((((Mews))))
sayhello at 2008-03-20 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Beautiful pics! The blue glow from the early morning skies is just amazing.

It's *snowing* here! And it's *sticking*!!!! Virtually all of the snow from the Blizzard was gone. We were warming up! WHAT HAPPENED!?!?!

mechtild at 2008-03-20 01:57 (UTC) (Link)
It's snowing there, too? I wonder if it's from the same system as it moves eastward? We were supposed to have gotten a much bigger storm--this one and one later this week. But the later one went away, and the one that was here yesterday morning went to Wisconsin or something (more to the SE of here).
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