Back to a Winter Wonderland

Yesterday, we got about four inches of snow, enough to cover the hard, dirty mess left behind by the lashing rain we had last weekend. The rain and the warm weather have played havoc with the rivers in Maine, and tomorrow’s post will feature the Kennebec River, which runs about ten miles from where we live.

But for now, I want to bask in the beauty of a new snowfall, where everything looks so dazzling and clean. I also want to add that for Mainers, four inches of snow is just the merest dusting. School is not canceled, state work goes on as usual, and last night in Winthrop, nine hardy readers ventured to the library’s book group to discuss The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. Yes, the roads were a little greasy, as we Mainers put it, but we all took our time getting to the library and then driving home again. We had a lively discussion, as always, and it was well worth the trip.

Here are some pictures of our snowy backyard and road.

Winter, winter!

35 thoughts on “Back to a Winter Wonderland”

  1. Lovely photos. We got something similar here near Woodstock NY, but I learned the folly of not having gotten rid of all the ice on the driveway last week–the six or so inches of fluffy snow on top of it make it really tricky to walk on, since they’re so light and dry. Darn darn darn.

    1. P.S. My daughter went to Bard College, which is in your neck of the woods. We fell in love with the area, and we continued to visit Rhinebeck even after our daughter had graduated.

      1. Oh, Rhinebeck is a lovely area. So many people go to the fairs they have there, especially the wool one in October. It’s a great place.

      2. And here’s a funny coincidence. The Upstate movie theater, which you might have gone to, is the sister cinema to one we go to in nearby Waterville, Maine. The owners know each other well. Once, when we went to the Upstate, I mentioned this and the owner gave us free admission. So generous!

      3. Oh, nice–there is one in Woodstock now and one in Rhinebeck and they work together. I think it’s great that there are movies available in our little area, both mainstreamish and alternative–

    1. True, but for a Mainer, there has to be several feet of snowfall in a short time to qualify as too much winter. We are used to snow.

  2. Nice pix! The town does a nice job on the road. πŸ™‚
    My recent post talks about how when we were kids there was always school unless there was a lot of snow. Sounds like Maine still is hardy that way. Nowadays, I’m astounded at how little snow can fall before a day is called. The day gets added to June when those poor kids swelter in school and I wonder just how much they are learning?!

    1. Because of the amount of snow that central Maine gets, there has to be significant snowfall before school is canceled. A tricky balance as we do want the children to be safe. I read your recent post with great interest. I remember how much my children loved snow days, but for some reason I don’t remember them from own childhood, even though I am sure we had them. Funny what we remember, isn’t it?

    1. So weird to be having a flooding problem in January. March, yes. Never in deep winter. It has been one weird winter.

  3. I’ve been showing my daughters the photos of your snowy weather, although they both used to ski, it was in very manageable conditions in Australia!
    We are very impressed that you got to your library book group! Well you sure do earn your spring!

    1. So tickled that my blog and pictures are being enjoyed by you and your family. The same is true, in reverse, of your blog and pictures. We are simply agog at the beauty of your area. Very exotic to us.

  4. How nice to have a lovely white blanket on your yard again! It does cover up all those rather mucky areas that appear during winter like a pretty throw on a worn but much-loved sofa!

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