Yard Photos

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    Global warming has brought a bit more snow this year than we had last year at this time, although not an unusual amount of snow, historically. Thankfully, I have a snowblower.

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    Before i bought the snowblower, we had hired someone to shovel. It turns out he came here from North Carolina or somewhere, and doesn't know the first thing about shoveling. He didn't shovel the driveway nearly wide enough to turn a car around, and he let too much snow accumulate on the ground.

    Since we have had a few partial thaws and even a rain since then, followed by freezes, the built-up snow includes layers of hard ice that a snowblower can't break through, so I have had to pick away at it little by little, using a shovel and an actual pick. Once I break the ice up a bit, the snowblower can take care of it.

    Those of you who live, or have lived, in snow country will understand that, but for the benefit of those who have not...

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    He also piled up snow next to the house, to the right of the back door, I suppose because it was easiest for him, and because that's where the stuff that comes off the roof falls, but a pile that large this early in the season is not good, because I can't throw a shovel full of snow over it and the snowblower can't blow it over a pile that large. Actually, it was much larger, but I have been picking away at that too,

    I am hoping that I won't have trouble with the back part of my roof. That portion of the house isn't heated so there shouldn't be an ice damming problem, and it's fairly narrow so I'm thinking the weight stress won't be so bad. A few years ago, I could get up there and shovel it off. Last year, when I tried that I was very much afraid that I was going to be the one coming off. It too, has ice layers, so the roof rake is useless on it.
     
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    Burrr....makes me cold just looking at those pictures, especially the first one! :p
     
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    Ken's pics remind me of Chicago! Here in the arid Southwest (I actually do know where I am [sometimes]), elevation is everything. 180 miles from us, Flagstaff at 7000 ft. gets as much as 200 inches of snow annually. At our location, elevation 600 ft., the first snow in many decades fell on New Years Eve Day 2014; we woke up to find 1/2 inch blown against the back door.

    Our front yard:
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    The back yard. Temp. was right around freezing, so the sight remained only about an hour! The tree is a Date Palm, planted in 2012, at about 1/4 that size. Today it reaches the eaves. Maybe it liked the snow!
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    Don't envy you all that hard work Ken... we have thick ice at the moment but no snow...yet!!!
     
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    We are expected to get 7 - 9 inches of Global Warming tonight and in the morning. Grocery stores are out of bread and milk. :D
     
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    @Shirley Martin
    My nephew in the Marine Corps lives in Jacksonville, (not FLA), and commutes daily, I think, to wherever the Base is. He yearns to return to San Diego area, but informs us three years in Japan come first. :(
    Frank
     
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    IMG_2406.JPG Here is a photo I've just taken in my back yard of my almost ripe apricots and my apple trees ..yes trees because I have two planted in the one hole due to limited room ..
    I find it A little strange at times members saying it's snowing .and we are boiling hot here
    Sorry it would only let me post one photo ,might have to,post other one in seperate post
     
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    Apple tree ,we have a fairly small back yard but we make the most of it by having several fruit trees
    I puke at the thought of eating fruit from China when we have plenty of fruit grown right here in South Australia
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    @Kate Ellery
    Beautiful trees! I love Apricots, had no idea they could thrive in South Australia!
     
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    @Frank Sanoica South Aust is the main state in Australia for growing stone fruit ,and wine grapes
    We refer to it as "The Riverland " so called because the mighty river Murray runs through the area
    Australia would be pretty barren with out our Mighty Murray River

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverland
     
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    I took a good look at my weather info I get each day in my email. I see plenty of areas that are just, well, like the guy on the weather said "pummeled". I see you guys sure are Ken. There was a time I might have been able to handle that, but glad I am out of any, extreme weather, now. I also realize people adapt, and so would I if I had to. I bet Spring is so appreciated where you live;) denise
     
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    Geez, now that's the "right" way to give a weather report Shirley, LMBO!!
     
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    I think @Shirley Martin should have her own weather, report show!! Now I would watch that;) LOL:)
     
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    @Denise Happyfeet , Ooopsie! :D I wonder how he got out.

    @Kate Ellery , luscious fruit. Can I come live with you? :D

    @Frank Sanoica , if your nephew lives near Jacksonville,
    he is getting mostly rain or sleet.

    We started with rain, freezing rain then turned to sleet overnight. Now it's snowing just as pretty as I have ever seen it. Pretty to look at but treacherous to be out in. Bubba and I did venture out long enough to throw a few snowballs.
     
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  17. Ken Anderson

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    Wow, it's so beautiful @Ken Anderson but if your anything like me, I get tired of "too long" seasons;) and shoveling too, LOL!

    Ps is that little green thingy in case you guys can't quite make it to the indoor latrine?? :p
     
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    Wow, talk about candy-apples, oops, I mean handy-apples;) That's my new medicine for heart-burn, and who knows what else it helps! Almost reach out your window and pluck one right off the tree!!
     
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    Ice is the one thing I don't deal with well. I can drive in snow no problem but I fell 2 times on ice, nothing broke luckily, just my pride (which can always use breaking, LOL). Also just hated ending up facing the opposite direction I was going when I hit black ice one time;) What a ride, 7 vehicles coming over Santiam Pass, Oregon, and we all hit it together on the Central Oregon side of the mountains. Not one of us hit another car, or got hurt.
     
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    Not sure where you are located @Frank Sanoica but I know it's Southwest. I got to go to Joshua Tree one time, Palm Springs etc. I loved the dessert down there. Maybe go again someday, especially like to visit Taos NM.
     
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    Who got out?? Did I catch me one and then let him get away?? LOL:)
     
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  23. Cody Fousnaugh

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    Yep, Ken, that's Maine in the winter. And, to think, we've been making plans to leave Florida and moving back to Colorado in a year or so. Depending on finances that may be extended by a year. Use to have a house 28 miles south of Denver, in Parker. This time, when we move, it will be northwest of Denver, close to the foothills and some nice lakes for trout fishing/boating.

    This coming weekend, we will have temps in the lower to upper 70's. When we move, we will miss this warm winter weather, but that's about it.
     
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    That sounds wonderful @Cody Fousnaugh, I would rather live in a place that has a little of all sorts of weather. I lived between Golden and Boulder in the mountains for a few months to help care for horses. It was lovely, but I would have rather been living in more flat areas, where I could "see" the mountains, just not live there, and have to haul horses down steep roads in a horse-trailer, LOL!

    I loved both Wyoming and Colorado:):cool:
     
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  25. Ken Anderson

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    That's a nursery that lets us get a head start in setting plants outdoors. Still a bit early for that, though.
     
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