29 January 2009

Apres Storm...more views.

Like so many others along the east coast (and probably, further west/centre Canada and the US) we got royally pasted last night with an assortment of weather. First, a bunch more snow, then assorted ice and rain, and then it got cold again. Oh, and the wind is blowing, full tilt screaming gale off the Bay of Fundy. Yee hah. So the windows have even MORE stuff on them. But Yolanda of Bliss was correct in her comment on the previous post--I neglected to add the nose and tongue prints from little cats that are on most windows in the house, at least those where Cat Television viewing is best. 

Today we have sun at times breaking through the clouds scudding overhead. My spruces are pointing the wind direction, and now the snow has a hard crust on it so the birds aren't leaving tracks. Hubby just told me that the wind was so bad earlier this morning and the roads so icy that several people driving cars were blown right OFF the road; one above us on the flat stretch, one down in the Bay proper. No one hurt, but that's just a bit of commentary on what the wind gets like. It isn't Les suetes winds like scream around Cheticamp in Cape Breton, or the wild wind I saw in the Labrador two summers ago, but it's still vicious by times. More on that presently. 
Ten years ago next month, we decided to buy our house before we even went inside, based on the barn, the greenhouse, the view, the yard--and this window. It frosts up, of course, because it's not insulated. But I look at it from my office every day, and the coloured and textured glass panels inevitably make me grin and grin and be happy. The staghorn fern likes it too, though I move it on very cold days. 

Yes, that is snow drifted up almost to the deck doorknobs. Don't worry. We have two other doors we can use, although Rowdycat will be annoyed because he generally comes to THIS one when he wants to come in. Since the snow is now a frozen mass of ice, I don't expect it's going to get cleared off any time soon. Longsuffering Spouse had enough to do chiselling his way into the barn doors and cleaning enough of the driveway to get out. And I don't do snow shoveling. 
No picnics here anytime soon, that's for sure. And the Christmas tree, out there since 4 January, still hasn't had to be cut up and used as mulch on the fussbudget plants in the gardens, because they're all buried in snow. 

A wider view from upstairs, showing the still-horseless pasture (peeved horse in barn kicking stall walls), and the more-restless waters of the Minas Channel, part of the upper Bay of Fundy. If you're interested in this phemonenal body of water and the lands around it, you can see a geography lesson about where I live at this post from our Geography Project of last year. 

This is a photo from another day, another gentle gale of wind, down at the wharf in Scotts Bay. It gets a trifle bombastic down there. But yeah, I love where I live and I wouldn't live anywhere else. Most days. Sea people need to be able to keep an eye on the sea or else we get decidedly out of sorts. 

Though it's sunny today, I've declined to go outside, deciding instead to work on assignments, read blogs, drink coffee, and be cajoled by Spunky Boomerang, who thinks we should go for a nap. Of course, Spunky's role in life is to nap most all day and night, follow me around, and assist with working by laying or sitting in front of my monitor. And yes, that's my foodie friend Charmian's blog on the monitor, and a World Wildlife Federation calendar of penguins on the wall. It was a random shot so I didn't fiddle with exposures or anything, hence the outside is washed out. And Spunky is tired. I might just have to help him nap. 

33 comments:

  1. That first photo was pretty neat. Is that the flash from you camera? It almost looks like the trees outside are decorated with an orange glowing star leftover form Christmas!

    Spunky looks very content on your desk there!

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  2. I like the snowflake ornaments hanging in the window to capture the glints from the sunrays. It sure looks cold there!

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  3. Oh my Jodi, I can only imagine the wind that you must have had to blow cars on icy roads. Or make that OFF icy roads. Yikes. Do stay warm and inside and I am in love with that window also. A happy maker.
    Frances

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  4. I just love looking out your windows with you Jodi. I think your cat has the right idea what with all that snow on the ground, just go take a nap.

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  5. On the whole a good day with the kitties and blogging. Of course your locale, geography, gales, cars blowing off the road... are totally unimaginable to me, a land locked middle southern residing former midwesterner...but I love reading your tales and viewing your photos! gail

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  6. I love your second picture on your posting - it looks like a scene from a Christmas card - we've not had any snow here this year - just waiting... it looks so pretty... Miranda

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  7. Oh how I'd love to live near the sea, or in my case, Lake Michigan. I grew up near it's shores, and feel compelled to return there every summer and stick my toes in the sand and water. So I can understand your need to keep your eye on the sea! What lovely views you have out your windows. I'm in suburbia, not much to see but neighbors!

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  8. I think buying a house on the basis of the barn, yard, greenhouse, and view is eminently sensible. (Hope the rest of it turned out well for you, too.)

    Many years ago I visited the Bay of Fundy and it is indeed a phenomenal body of water. Wish I lived closer to the sea myself, I love the foothill woods where I am, but if life were perfect, I'd have a summer home by some deserted part of ocean, and a whole other climate to garden in. Don't envy you the wind blowing cars off the roads, though!

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  9. I feel really sorry for you looking at that view and holding a kitty kat in your lap. I can't believe you bought the house without looking inside. I know someone else who did that for a veiw of our mountains. .

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  10. I have really enjoyed seeing through your windows - it is an amazing place that you live - and you are so right, sea people get really cranky when they are not living near the ocean
    K

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  11. Helou there in Canada!
    I have a challange for you on my blog...come and take a look if you want to partisipate :)
    /Regards from Finland

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  12. Jodi...a really nice post. Thanks for sharing the views in and out of your home office...I like your setup and your cat on your desk!
    Gosh, just looking at that snow makes me shiver. Thank goodness we have only a light dusting of frost this morning at 29 degrees, and NO snow at all thus far this winter. I am trying to THINK SPRING.
    Jon at Mississippi Garden

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  13. I'd say your instincts were right on the property you bought, it seems to suit you perfectly. With views like that, I wouldn't have cared what the inside looked like either.

    As for the starlings you mentioned at Robin's Nesting Place, the Cooper's hawk has not deterred them one bit. I had them for the first time last year and they have multiplied by great numbers this year. They are so nasty! I hope they will not do the same thing at your place.

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  14. Those spruces are still looking mighty pretty, the cat even more so-very comfy!

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  15. Jodi, your window views are so compelling and telling. You have really made them sing for us, and given us a real glimpse into your world by showing us how it is to look out. Bravo!!!

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  16. Seems like a wonderful place to live. I love the views!

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  17. Jodi, I love your vivid storytelling about the screaming gale off the Bay of Fundy and gentle gales at the wharf in Scotts Bay. I hear your heart as a Sea person ~ this is your book ... you MUST write it :)

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  18. The piles of snow against your deck door make me shiver. BRRRRRR! I'm SO glad it doesn't now here. I got my fill as a child in Colorado.

    Cindy

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  19. Hi Jodi ... how are you feeling ?
    It was a good day to nap with all that wild weather .. napping is a good thing , but don't tell his nibs you agree too much with that or he will really NAP 24/7
    I think that is what is wrong with me .. your comment about sea people NEEDING to SEE the SEA .. that part of me is missing.
    Besides that .. we were dumped on again today but the sun came out and it warmed up remarkably .. making the said snow heavy and wet (yes .. wet .. I know you know what I mean girl ! LOL) ...months to go yet ; )

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  20. Yes, catnaps are good on days like this, Jodi:) I'm sorry about all your bad weather--I can empathize--but your views of the sky are spectacular! And on calmer, warmer days it must be heavenly to be so close to the sea.

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  21. I know it is cold and not the best of times for you, but the photos of the snow and the sun is so pretty.

    Jan
    Always Growing

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  22. Hi Jodi.
    Followed you here from Blotanical. I like your camera work. Also can relate to spending the days writing, blogging and cats in front of the monitor (on top of the monitor, in my lap...).

    Nova Scotia's a beautiful province. How lucky you are to live so close to the upper part of the Bay of Fundy. Fabulous country. Will be back to visit.

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  23. These are wonderful photos of all your snowy scenes. We don't get as much snow as we did when I was a child. Do you mostly want to hibernate when it's so bad?...:)

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  24. Jodi: I didn't get booted today! I love that first, frosty picture. Aren't we lucky we can catch up on gardening through blogs. There is something green somewhere in the world. Stay cozy.

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  25. Amazing photos - I can't imagine living with that sort of weather. It put the miserly few centimetres of snow we get occasionally in the UK to shame.

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  26. Are canadians christmas tree throwers too? I thought it was a swedish custom.

    (At the end of Christmas we have a great "Christmas tree plundering party" with dances and candy for the kids. At the end the tree, if it's a real firtree, gets thrown out of the window, preferably from the second flour (if there is one). Nowadays people in general bring the tree to a recycling station, but my childhood streets were littered with trees during January.)

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  27. Good photos to look at from inside the house!

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  28. We're looking at the same stuff, but you have a nice wide vista. Lovely conifers in the distance.

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  29. You have some lovely views from your house even in the winter. We have no snow but the cool weather makes me want to stay inside and be lazy.

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  30. Lord that's alot of snow. I hope you're staying warm.

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  31. I can't decide what I like better: your place, your photos of it, or your words about it. I can seriously hear you talking when I read your words, and you sound as great as you always did. The only thing I don't like about living in Colorado is that I'm so far from friends like you.

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  32. I would absolutely buy a house the way you did Jodi! Makes perfect sense to me. My next one, has to have a greenhouse, I'm insisting. From the views outside your window, it looks like you have the right idea to stay inside. Blog reading can take up a lot of time, can't it? Your kitty might have to wait a while for you to nap with him. ;-)

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  33. I'm honoured to share your desk with Spunky Boomerang.

    I'd have stayed inside, too.

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