Saturday, November 19, 2011
Well, our big winter storm moved out about a day early (sorry, Midwest friends, it appears to be headed for you now!), but it stayed long enough to significantly drop both snow and the temperatures (it was -3ºF with winds gusting to 25mph this morning!) The cold isn't pretty but the snow is, so I got several photos of the local scenery yesterday morning during a winter wonderland walkabout. (And at about 4:30 that afternoon, BW and I went to a nearby liquor store for a "winter brews" beer tasting. Our favorite of the two beers offered was New Belgium's appropriately named Snow Day, but it's just a coincidence that it's also the title of my post. *burp*) ;-)
If you saw the video on my last post, you'll recognize this scene of the footbridge into Kendrick Park, taken from our front porch at 4:30 yesterday morning...
And here's the same scene about four hours later, now with daylight. And ducks!
Poor darlings look so cold but they seem pretty content despite the frigid water, ice and snow in which they swim, stand and lie. They keep their heat-trapping down feathers nice and dry with all their preening, which spreads an oily film over the contour feathers that cover their down. As for how they keep their feet from freezing, I was mystified till I looked it up and learned about the rete mirabile (Latin for "miraculous web") in their feet and legs. So I guess I won't have to knit them fuzzy slippers for Christmas! :-)
On my way to Whitney Commons (the park on the other side of our cottage), I passed this snowy faerie gateway beckoning passersby into an enchanting secret snow-garden! (Actually, these are huge old lilac bushes surrounding a vacant lot, which is slated to become yet another small public park area)...
If you click on the Whitney Commons link above, you'll find a map (we enter from the west entrance on Jefferson St) and can see how pretty most of the following scenes look in summer. But I also found it beautiful on this very quiet, snowy morning...
The little log building with its back to us is the Mandel Cabin, Sheridan's earliest building, which originally served as both a private home and the town's first post office. Built in 1880, it was moved to Whitney Commons from its original location about two blocks away...
This is the scene looking back the way we came. I love the festive holiday touches, which were just put up shortly before the storm (nice timing!)...
You can keep an eye on this and several other spots in Whitney Commons via these live web cams. Chances are, you'll see me walking the dogs or riding by on my bike a couple times or more a day (depending on the weather!), so I'll try to remember to wave at the cameras just in case you're watching! :-)
I'm clearly smitten with the old-fashioned look of the wreaths on the lampposts (which also line Main Street)...
We're not the only ones enjoying a winter walkabout today! There go our duck friends, promenading down Smith Street (which runs behind our cottage)...
At the risk of making you sick of looking at it, here's another photo of Dragonfly Cottage, taken from the footbridge and this time surrounded by a lot more snow...
Haven't photographed it from this angle before ~ the sunporch off the living room, taken from the walking path that runs along its west side...
And an especially wintery look at it, this time taken from inside Kendrick Park on the other side of the creek...
Now that I've dragged you out into the cold with me, I promise to make it up to you by wrapping you up in more warm, snuggly quilts with Part 3 of the Quilt Show on Monday! :-) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"