1 Attorney John Arons, me, Ghenghis Khan, and Muffin Dowdle on our cross-country skis late Tuesday afternoon. The farm roads and the fields were in perfect condition for cross-country skiing. I pack the roads with the tractors, leaving at least four inches of snow on the surface, and the fields were light powdery glory!
2 Returning from the frigid farm, winds blowing in huge gusts and no sun. But this type of skiing really and truly warms one up a lot so only exposed skin feels cold. Wear lots of face cream!!!
3 The great blizzard turned out not to be such a great blizzard, but a darn cold, very windy snow storm of non-massive proportions—at least in Bedford. The Mule was the perfect vehicle to use to traverse the property and photograph the snowy day.
4 Unlike the beautiful snow storm last Saturday, none of the powdery snow stuck on boughs and branches.
5 The crab and oak look cold and bare.
6 The basket shed—so named because it houses my antique basket collection—sits in the grove of Bald Cypress.
7 This is a very long distance photo of one of the bright-red cardinals who visit my feeders. So beautiful in a white landscape.
8 The pergola is hung with many feeders—birds perch on the feeders as well as on the ground.
9 This is the building we call the Gym Garage—garage downstairs, and big gym upstairs, where I go to work out most mornings. I have aerobic as well as weight machines and yoga props also.
10 The main glass greenhouse has been performing very well in the cold. The smaller plastic hoop house was meant to house the big citrus trees, but it was not working well—too small—so it is now being used for propagating seedlings.
11 Another view of the Pin Oak allee—the buildings on the right are the Equipment Barn and the Hay Barn, in which we store furniture and archives.
12 This is the Hay Barn. It really was the hay barn when I bought the farm, but I added new doors, a concrete floor, and windows under the eaves for light. The tree on the right is an American Persimmon. And the reddish shrubs under the pergola are blueberry bushes.
13 The different conifers in the field are the beginning of a pinetum. Many varieties of pines are planted and will hopefully grow into a nice green woodland.
14 The curvaceous tree is a weeping larch—a deciduous evergreen. The trees behind the larch are American and Copper Beeches.
15 The streams were all dotted with snow covered rocks and ice, and the woodlands were frigid. This portion of the woods is being cleared—dead and dying trees being removed, all brush dragged out and chipped, and all brambles and weeds whacked down. By clearing like this, I will have more open spaces in which to plant seedling trees in the spring.
16 The Middle Field is bordered on the west side with weeping willows—they are starting to color even though it is only January.
17 The wetlands are in the rear—a wet area protected because of its proximity to the reservoir nearby. Willows and cattails grow in the wetland.
18 This house, we call the Contemporary. It has been used for storage—someday I will renovate it into a guest house or Party Barn.
19 The little grey structure is the Ice Skaters' Cottage—in front of it is a small pond which will be great for ice skating when the children get a bit bigger.
20 We drove the Kawasaki through some of the fields so we could make tracks for the skiing. That little Kawasaki really negotiated the snow and drifts very well.
21 A big maple tree in the Contemporary field.
22 We call this area the "graveyard." It is where we store and make compost, grow seedling trees, and store our props in the steel storage building.
23 This photo shows the snow swirling around the storage shed.
24 I am very happy with our 1/2 acre of pine trees—we planted these five years ago, and they are growing pretty well.
25 The hay wagons and the furniture trailer are stored in the parking area of the storage shed. The snow was blowing off the roof.
26 Another woodland that needs cleaning, chipping, and replanting.
27 This is what we call the Far Field. It adjoins the furthest portion of the property. We have four miles of carriage roads through the farms, and every portion of the farm is accessible by these roads.
28 This is another portion of the Far Field.
29 Some of the young beech trees in the woods have held on to their golden brown leaves, which look great in the snow.
30 This is the Woodland Cottage—a small building constructed out of recycled windows, doors, and walls. There is no plumbing, but a wonderful old Glenwood wood stove and floors made from wood timbered on the farm.
31 Another part of the far woodland that needs brush cutting and replanting. At one time the entire woodland was timbered to pay taxes. I think such a rash timbering program was too drastic for this lovely property.
32 The small trees are larch seedlings. I stake every newly planted tree to help them grow straight and upright.
33 Along this same road are the more mature trees (12-year-old larches), which are deciduous. They grow on one side of the carriage road and redwoods grow on the other.
34 The big tree is the signature sycamore of the farm.
35 This is the run-in shed where the horses often spend the nights. They actually love the cold and dressed in heavy coats, they spend a good deal of time outdoors.
36 This is one of the osage orange trees that I am trying to nurture along the run-in shed field. Maybe someday they will produce fruit—we did have one this year.
37 In the distance, is the Maple Avenue House where Betsy lives. She has a great yard.
38 These fat conifers are sequoia.
39 The conifer on the right is a Cedrus Americanus—and it has not proven very hardy in our zone. This year we actually sprayed it heavily with antidessicant.
40 Chhiring Sherpa looks like the Abominable Snowman. The farm hands pitched in and shoveled and checked all the animals and greenhouses. We all feel badly that the animals are so confined during this weather.
41 Four of our five Friesians hang together in one field. As long as there is plenty of hay to eat they are happy.
42 The long allee of Linden trees leads from the Maple Avenue gate to the stable.
43 A good view of the house in the far distance from the stable block. The trees are chestnuts and beech.
44 Everything is kept closed on a windy day like today.
45 The boxwood allee under the snow.
46 Plastic netting holds its shape and protects the boxwood from damage.
47 A bright sun tried to come out but never did. And snow continued to fall and blow.
48 Sasa and Ben Chunch spend their time outdoors together, away from the four brothers.
49 Sasa is a great big boy, and the Fell pony is 13 hands tall. All the boys have matching coats.
50 A great view of the stable—on the left is the carriage house, in the center the stable, and on the right the farm offices.
51 The bright sun trying to break out over the farm at 2 p.m.
52 The big greenhouse survived the ice and snow and wind.
53 All the snow is blown off the flower garden fencing.