As I mentioned in Monday’s post, we had an unexpected ice storm this past weekend. We woke up on Good Friday to our entire yard covered in ice, with quite a few branches down. It wasn’t nearly as bad or widespread as the last one we had before Christmas 2013, but it still left most of our area under the mercy of power companies getting the lines back up from fallen branches all over.
I couldn’t help but bundle up and carefully make my way around the icy lawn to take photos to remember this moment. It was like walking around on a frozen lake, hearing the cracks as you went. With no power, water or heat, the last thing we needed to add to the mix was me falling in the front yard so I was very careful, but I couldn’t resist getting pictures of the world covered in crystal clear glass.
The fields looked like an icy winter wonderland, with a thick layer of ice and snow across everything.
You can see the frosty tips of all the trees in the forest in the distance.
The entire side of the house was covered in ice, including the back door.
Our big beautiful maple tree had started to show it’s buds last week and unfortunately they got covered in ice and started falling off from the weight. It sounded like pellets hitting the roof as they broke off in the wind. I really hope that they’ll have a chance to grow back or that we didn’t lose too many of them, because I love seeing the tree covered in leaves in the summer and fall.
With all the slippery ice, the dogs were quick to ask to be picked up for the rest of our walk around the property. I love this picture of Garrett and Whiskey looking off in the distance.
Overnight we got “freezing fog”, which I’d never heard of. It seemed to leave all the icy stems covered in a frosted finish.
Before the sun started to warm everything up on Saturday, I headed back out to catch all a glimpse of everything in this sparkling state. In the meadow by our farmhouse, every blade of grass was covered in this thick frosty ice.
Even the leftover teasels that we used for pumpkin arrangements last fall got a fair share of the ice. By Sunday morning all the ice and snow had melted away, leaving us once again ready for spring weather to arrive.
This early spring storm really taught us how much more we need to be prepared for cold weather situations. We were lucky to have somewhere warm to go while we waited for the power to come back, but it got us thinking about how we can be more prepared with a generator and long term food supply to keep us, the dogs and the chickens all safe for any emergency situations. It was a good test run!