A day or two after the snowfall, my neighbour came to plough. It cost me $200. But already the temperature was well above freezing, and the wind was howling. A warm gale blew for 4 days and four nights – some of the gusts must have been storm force. All the snow melted.
Last Wednesday, I made a trip to Tatla – the first since Christmas Eve. Naturally, I had to cut several more trees out of the road. I went to the library and borrowed the washing machine at the church. They have bought a new one and it can take really big loads.
Finally, the temperature dropped at night, and of course we got fog. The winter full moons are beautiful on the snow, but both of them so far have been deadened by cloud. Bare ground makes the night dark as well.
The days are at last noticeably longer although with so much cloud about it was not obvious at first. Interestingly, the mornings seemed to stay the same, only the afternoons grew longer. Now the sun has cleared Finger Peak. On the shortest day it sets among the bare branches to its left.
Earlier, the river spread over the gravel bars. That water froze, and now the river is back in its bed. It is a rare year when it freezes well enough to be safe to cross as it flows very swiftly.
I am working hard on my manuscript but one beautiful afternoon I took time to hike up onto the north bluff.
Flocks of robins are everywhere. They are enjoying last summer’s abundant crop of kinnikinnick berries. These berries can survive all winter under the snow. They are not very tasty for humans to eat, but a great source for the birds.
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