Sunday, October 30, 2011


The table and four chairs in the courtyard right after dawn.  That's 25" of snow on top of the table!

The snowstorm we woke up to on Friday morning was a beauty.  The one we woke up to this morning was a beast!  It broke all records around here; records that go as far back as the Civil War.  We get a ton of snow in this part of New Hampshire but not usually this amount in one storm so early in the season.  Twenty-five inches of snow fell here at Juniper Hill.  Here are some photos I took this morning while we were digging out.


We knew this storm was on its way so most of yesterday was spent scrambling around trying desperately to get all the plants and pots inside as well as making sure all the animals were moved from pasture to safe shelter.

Several of the Japanese maples find temporary shelter in the Hidcote folly.
At the first sign of snow, Ellen and Conrad move two young rams to safer quarters.
It's snowing harder now as Ellen leads a small flock of ewes to the sheltered paddock.
Waking up this Morning

At first light, the view of the garden from the bedroom window.
That big blob of snow in the center of the photo is a car.
Strange Contrasts

It is so unusual to see this kind of mixing of the seasons.  Beautiful fall foliage contrasting with very deep snow.

A red Japanese maple still holding onto most of its leaves.

A sugar maple in the background looks like its aflame against the white snow.
Bright orange and red crabapples, maples and over 2-feet of snow.
Digging Out

There's a rose under there somewhere.

A couple of urns with too much icing on the cake.

Just follow the path through the pink gate.

C'mon girls, it's safe now.  Paula shovels a path for the goats.

The sheep aren't buying it.  "We are fine right where we are, thank you!"


  1. Oh my goodness! I'm so glad that hasn't happened here. Love the Autumn colours against snow though and the individual leaves set in snow look like jewels. Hope you have taken a ton of photos.

  2. Joe,
    I don't know how you do it! I can barely handle my postage stamp garden and you have animals to boot. Beautiful pictures. We were lucky we didn't have any damage or lost power here.

  3. Hi Harriet! Yes, even with all the extra work that goes along with it, an autumn snowstorm can be beautiful. I would just like the next one in a little smaller dose!--Joe

  4. Hi Michael! Yes, but I don't have a full time practice to look after and I have lots of help. Thanks for your nice comment and I'm so glad you didn't have any damage to the garden. Our power held on here, too, which is extremely unusual. We usually lose it if a hummingbird flies too close to the power lines!-- Joe

  5. I surely would have loved to have seen the beauty you captured in the photos, but I am glad I didn't make the trip north. Patty

  6. In the blink of an eye...indeed! I remember snow storms like that, the loss of power that followed (we had two generators) and how beautifully quiet the village became.

  7. Hi Lisa! Indeed, there is that period of quiet and peace right before all the power crews begin to use the Town Hall parking space as a staging area, which I'm sure you also remember. Good to hear from you and I hope that you dodged this early storm up your way!-- Joe


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