Tuesday, August 20, 2013

In the snow zone

Finally! We had our first proper dump of snow of the year overnight, waking to a few inches of the white, powdery stuff. Not as much as last August, but as you'll see below, so so pretty. Flakes were still softly falling for much of the morning. Some friends brought their daughter up to our place to play in the snow before school and our dogs showed their Swiss breed heritage by going completely nuts in it. I haven't let the chooks out today. They are locked in the hen house with a warming garlic mash to eat. Speaking of garlic, that's what is growing in the raised garden bed pictured below...

We live well above the fog line and just below the snow line here in the hills above the Huon. If snow is forecast down to 600 metres we usually get some, even though we are only at 450 metres. Just a few hundred metres down the road, the snow runs out and everything is green again. We definitely have our own special micro-climate up here.

How's this week's wild Tassie weather been at your place?

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  1. It looks FREEZING!!!! But also looks soooo pretty! Its just gorgeous. I'm sure nothing would be nicer than being cosy inside and looking out the window to all of that loveliness!

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    1. Yes we had the fire going early tonight Kelly! It's currently -1 degree at our place. I heard today that it was snowing up the hill (heading inland) from Apollo Bay in Vic too! A real cold snap, but so far winter has been mild so I'm not complaining.

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  2. WOW, that's very impressive! It was cold but sunny on our hill, the hens were out roaming in the sunshine- Handy being a black chook in Winter! However on Sunday night it was blowing a 'circular' gale & pelting raining from the North, poor Zuki got to sleep inside for the first time ever..it was way too hard core, even for him..

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    1. Lucky Zuki :-) our girls are soft, they mostly sleep indoors now despite having thick coats. They don't mind sleeping in rain or snow at all, but I hate having to dry them! The cold is one reason I got dark coloured, heavier breed chooks too. The other reason being they are better camouflaged in the bush here when the eagles, hawks and goshawks come by.

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  3. That looks so pretty Susan! It's just cold and wet down here at the bottom of the valley.

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    1. The remaining snow froze into ice overnight, so it is still white up here but rather slippery out there in gumboots... I'm not really looking forward to the wet mush to come, but the chooks will be glad to be let outside!

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