The First Winter Snow

I recently read “Mud Season: How One Woman’s Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running The Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another.” This is relevant because, as a former Texan, I didn’t know what a mud season is.  Turns out that, further north than here, the ground freezes to a certain depth and does not thaw before the melting winter’s snow.  Until the ground thaws enough for the run-off to sink in, there is mud.  

While I haven’t been in southern Virginia long, I don’t think that that happens here.  I can’t convince Mother of that though.  And, despite the fact that she thinks that winters here should be comparable to Vermont, she has been anxiously awaiting snow.  It did not snow at all in December. In fact, it was warm on Christmas.  Thankfully, at last, we have gotten snow.  Quite a bit, in fact.

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We got somewhere around 8 inches, possibly more, depending on who you listen to.

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She is pleased.  It started Friday night and ended Saturday around noon.

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I’m not sure of the classification of our road (secondary, residential …) but we do get our roads plowed.  We didn’t expect to see the plow until Monday but were surprised to see the plow come by on Saturday evening.

It is now Sunday and the snow has stopped and the skies are clear.  The Blue Ridge Mountains are visible in the distance and look to have a decent amount of snow on them.

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We are staying in. Everyone prefers the indoors in this weather. Even the chickens are staying in their coop.

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Wild birds, and we have a lot, are another story.

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It is amazing the quantity of sunflower seeds they can put away just normally.  When it snows, they go into overdrive.

Cardinals are the state bird in Virginia and there is no shortage of them. I’ve counted over a dozen at the feeder at one time.

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We also have frequent visits by tufted titmice, all kinds of finches, and towhees, just to name a few.  There are blue jays practically the size of crows and, amazingly, even a few pileated woodpeckers come up to the feeder.

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It is good weather for watching birds.  And catching a nap.

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It will begin to melt on Tuesday.  A lot seems to have evaporated already. It may all be gone by Wednesday.

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Author: Beth Barton

I love to blog about where I live. We moved to Henry County, Virginia, in 2014 and love its natural beauty and the wealth of kayaking and hiking opportunities. Henry County is somewhat equidistant from Roanoke, VA, and Greensboro, NC. It is also a great place for craft beer lovers. Between the local community college and the TheatreWorks Players, we have live plays, musicals, and variety shows every month or two and that's not even counting what's being offered in Rocky Mount, Roanoke, and Greensboro. We shouldn't run out of things to do for a very long time.

2 thoughts on “The First Winter Snow”

  1. Beautiful pics. I was going to ask what type of camera you’re using. I received the canon rebel for christmas. I too am an amateur, bit loving it!

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    1. You can’t beat a Canon. I always have a little Canon powershot for just fun stuff but their DSLR’s are more expensive than Nikons so my husband got me a Nikon D3000 years ago (when he accompanied me to pick up photos and it was $60 for a lot of photos of our cats). 🙂 I am ready to replace it but I haven’t made the jump yet.

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