I always love the first snow of winter, especially when we have had such a long, dry fall. Still, I didn't expect it to snow quite so low or quite so much! Dustings of snow fell overnight both Saturday and Sunday mornings, but then the real thing started about 10:30 AM yesterday and hasn't stopped yet.... so far, I am estimating 7-8 inches. The school bus contractor for the elementary school across the road from me decided to cancel school last night, and since our early childhood program is on their campus and follows their schedule, it is a day off for me, too. Not that I think it is safe or necessary for anyone to be out on the roads myself... when low elevation snows hit our region, most people aren't prepared and there are far more accidents.
Snow had been shedding off the roof with loud thuds off and on all night...
The garden has been transformed from its lush, green summer self to one of white....
and the fish pond is unrecognizable, except for that large patch of greenery, nurtured by the immersion heater that is keeping the fish comfy.
burros are snug in their little barn,
with plenty of hay to eat. Though Assteroid isn't too happy that his is just outside the door, thanks to pushy Abraham, who has turned sideways so that he can claim more space and (he thinks) more hay to eat.
Now, for a few small announcements to catch up on things.... first of all, the winner of my Blogiversary contest is JessaLu! I will be shipping off her prize this week... which makes me think that having a Blogiversary in December really is kinda nice after all, because I can play Santa! Thanks to everyone who entered (even those of you who were late:) The lovely comments and encouragement will keep me going for another year.
Second, I wanted to share with all of you sky lovers a great website I found while looking up the definition of gloaming the other day.... Scotland in The Gloaming. You will be thrilled and amazed by the images.