I’ve been complaining about the lack of true winter weather pretty much since the season started.
Last weekend mother nature finally came through. The storm got started a day later than predicted. but once it got going it snowed and snowed and snowed. I had friends come visit for the weekend, and instead of venturing out to explore Vermont we spent pretty much all of saturday snowed in. We knit, the guys brewed beer, and we all watched it snow.
Since we live on the side of the mountain ridge that faces west we got LOTS of snow – 24 inches in my front yard all* from one storm! The valleys only got a foot of snow, and burlington has less than 6 inches.
There’s a technical term for this – Orthographic lift. Basically as the air mass moves over a mountain it’s SQUEEZED through the tight space between the top of the mountain and the top of the atmosphere. And the squeezing presses out the extra moisture. In winter this means snow over the mountains, and lots of it! One of the many reason I love living where I do.
*all of it. The weekend before the chickens had been scratching in the brown grass of my front yard.
We’ve survived hurricane Irene high and (relatively) dry up here on the slopes of the green mountains. The same can not be said for friends down in the valleys. All over vermont rivers are jumping their banks (again) flooding small villages and washing out roadways. I’ve heard of at least three covered bridges that have been washed down stream. The sadness of loosing those beautiful old buildings is not tempered, just dulled, but the more essential losses of homes and businesses elsewhere.
All I’ve lost is my sweet corn. I need to get out there and harvest the ears that were already ripe so I can get them into the freezer before they rot on the stalks.
But before I start that I do want to let you know that I have released my next pattern. I did the final edits on the Morningtide mitts with a steady rain falling on the roof, and I switched the computer off just as the winds picked up. Then I sat for a full day without power knowing the pattern was ready to go, but trapped on my hard drive. So without further ado:
This is the photoshoot involved pj’s and eating breakfast at 4:30 in the afternoon. I’ve done stranger things for a good photo:
You know you want my monkey shirt!
You can see all the photos, and find the pattern on Ravelry, as always.