March 29, 2011






Woodpecker work

Our new house sign. Numbers were painted by one of Mike's students.

Cooper Lake down the road. The snow has melted off the mountains and the lake is thawing quickly.


March 23, 2011

Waters back on... Spring is here

Happy Spring! Miraculously all those mounds of snow have melted over the course of one week prior to the Spring equinox. This past weekend we enjoyed walking (instead of trudging) the property and enjoying the active, ground-pecking birds, a big bonfire of leaves and tree debris, and sitting around in the faint sun on our deck.

One downside is that we can't cool the beers in the snow.

We also turned on the water for the season. It's a bit early as there will be nights that fall below freezing, but the heat is on for protection. It's worth the risk!

Alas, we forgot to bring a camera so no snowless pictures this week.

March 13, 2011

Signs of Spring

The many feet of snow accumulation is melting rapidly. That means the creeks are rushing.


Good thing we got those insulated waterproof boots. You can't see it in the photo, but I'm almost up to my knees in the freezing cold snowmelt! You can look back at the same creek in this post. It's kind of blurry, but you can at least see the difference in the water volume. . . and that was after a big rain.

Back in the city, the crocus is about to bloom and we awoke to the sounds of birdsong. We're getting really excited to see all the changes that Spring will bring, since it will be our first.