At last, winter has decided to come to Vermont! Snow is usually not a novelty in Vermont. It can be found on the ground from about the first of November until as late as mid April. On the average winter, our farm has at least 4 or 5 feet of snow on the ground for several months, but this winter has been different. Every snow storm that has marched across the US has missed our little northern farm and instead hit all of my unsuspecting relatives in North Carolina. Sometime in late December, we got just enough snow to say we had a "white Christmas" and then spurts of an inch here or there kept the ground fairly white. However, the past couple of weeks, the unusual above freezing temperatures began to melt away that tiny bit of snow and the bare ground began to take over.
My husband was beginning to get used to this snowless winter. Thus far, he has only run our snow blower one time. He has not had late nights outside in the dark with the cold and snow pelting his face as he cleared our driveway. (Sorry dear, but tonight you will have to bring the snow blower out of the barn.) We are in the midst of our first snow storm for the season. This morning there must be 18 inches of new snow on the ground and it is still falling. The sheep woke to a blanket of snow on their backs.
Chore time was a little more difficult than it has been. Hauling hay and water are much more difficult when wading through deep snow. Even Bob and Cairo our two rams had trouble wading through to get to their hay this morning. But we are not complaining....we have missed not having snow and are thrilled to have it here!