These cute snowmen greeted me at the apple shack.
Saturday was sunny and cold....the calm before the storm. As I shared in my last post for Sunlit Sunday, I went to the orchard down the road to see how the sliding party was. One of my best friend's sons owns this orchard which I talk about a lot here on my blog and she was going to be there with some of her grandkids. Her son made a beautiful pile of snow for the top of the sliding run and 'steps' to climb up it. He provided hot chocolate and marshmallows to toast over an open fire too. Unfortunately, with the Winterfest events going on in town and most people preparing to hunker down before the storm which would arrive that night, there were very few that came. But, those that did had a lot of fun. I didn't do any sliding but took photos and toasted a marshmallow and cheered on my friend as she went down the hill.
This is my friend going down. You can see how far down the sliding hill goes...just past the water tank. The 4x4 brought you back up if you didn't want to walk.
That is not white sand! I thought the chairs looked so colourful against the snow.
Apple wood for a fire. Nice and hot.
Sleeping apple trees.
My friend's other son took these photos of me eating a gooey, overly toasted, sticky marshmallow. It is hard to be dainty eating one of these!! LOL
Well, we survived another blizzard - the 6th snowstorm since January started. I heard we got 16 cm. of snow in our area which isn't really a lot (8 inches) but with the blowing wind we have some big drifts. Moncton and southeastern New Brunswick got over 53cm. They already had over 100 cm. of snow this winter. Add to that the wind gusts of over 80 km. (50 mph) per hour and you have a recipe for serious drifting and dangerous driving. Schools are closed in most of the province today along with many businesses, and some highways are closed. People are being told to stay home.
Our driveway this morning before Murray snow blowed it. You can see how the wind blew the snow out of most of it. The backyard is a different story and the wind blew the snow in from the open field behind us. I wish you could hear the wind here today. Honestly, at times it sounds like a train roaring through. It's -13C but feels like -24 (-3F). And the snow is flying by the windows in a white blur. Am I tired of all this snow and cold and wind? You bet I am!! Thankfully we're halfway through this short month of February. ;)
This little red squirrel popped up from his secret tunnel in the 3 feet of snow on the back deck. He was finding bird seed under there and eating it.
There are lots of Pine Siskin, Common Redpoll, Chickadee and American Goldfinch coming for food. Here they are under the picnic table where I tossed some seed. It's kind of sheltered there for them. Poor things. They sure are having a tough winter.
I hope you all have a great week ahead. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. I appreciate every one of you!