It’s really looking like winter here in the Northeast.
This week, winter storm “Niko” brought blizzard conditions and several hours of rapid snow accumulation to the region - it covered my Bedford, New York farm with more than a foot of snow. We also had high winds and low visibility. My flight out of town for a business trip was canceled, and all the neighborhood schools and stores were closed. Since I was home, I decided to get into my truck and plow all the roads on the property myself. I had a great time indeed.
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Here I am in the truck – plowing the four miles of carriage roads at the farm – so much fun!
The snow started coming down overnight, and continued to fall furiously for the rest of the day.
Look closely – the birds still came to feast at the feeders. Can you spot the cardinal?
Snow drifts accumulated on every surface. I am so glad my boxwood is well protected under the burlap coverings.
It is a veritable winter wonderland.
I love how snow even sticks to the barks of these tree trunks.
It’s almost hard to see the donkeys’ run-in shed. I am glad all the animals are tucked away indoors, where it is warm and safe.
The landscape looks so magical covered with untouched snow.
Look who it is – Sarah, my stable manager. She’s busy mucking out the stalls.
Stay warm, Sarah.
The front of my stable with all the individual stall doors closed and my dear Friesians, donkeys, and Fell pony safe inside.
Looking back – can you see my house in the distance?
A view looking down the Boxwood Allee draped in burlap forms and lined with stakes to mark the carriage road.
A view of the peafowl coops – don’t worry, they too are indoors where it is warm and dry.
A view looking across the paddocks, over the 100-year old white spruce fencing I purchased in Canada.
The great eastern white pines, Pinus strobus, usually stand out in bold dark green over the landscape, but not on this stormy day.
One never tires of this view down the Linden tree Allee – I only wish it was longer.
Here I am going around the Japanese Maple Grove – some of the smaller seedlings may soon be completely covered with snow.
Here’s Ryan, getting all the snow off the roof of this tropical hoop house.
Down at the pigeon coops, these hardy birds are enjoying the storm from their aviary.
Here I am plowing the carriage road in front of my Winter House. At the bottom of the photo is the top of my plow.
Looking toward the head house from the entrance to the cutting garden flanked by two giant Kenneth Lynch garden urns underneath their burlap shrouds.
This is the front of my main greenhouse – a great place to escape the bitter cold of winter. I could spend hours in here, tending to my many tropical plants.
Here is the Pin Oak Allee, located just next to the Equipment Barn.
Tucked away between the Equipment Barn and a grove of weeping willows is my pinetum – a wonderful collection of evergreens I started planting about 10-years ago.
If you saw my Instagram post, I got stuck while out plowing the roads – darn. I posed for a quick snapshot while waiting for the grounds crew.
The back wheels of the truck are stuck in the deep snow – and just down the road from my Winter House.
Here comes Dominic in our trusty John Deer tractor.
Dominic pulled up as close as he could to the front of the plow truck.
And attached the big heavy chains.
Heavy-duty transport chains are made specifically for these tasks.
After a few attempts, the plow truck still didn’t move – time for plan-b.
Dominic attached the chains to the rear of the truck.
The team made sure to position the tractor, so it guided the plow out of the way of my precious Sargent crabapple trees.
And, slowly the truck was pulled free.
Here is the spot where the truck was wedged into the snow and the top layer of gravel.
It was time to move on to the back of the farm and finish my plowing. Here are the beautiful golden weeping willows in a grove along the edge of a hay field – they add such nice color during these white-out storms.
The fast-falling snow made it hard to see – I am glad the stakes delineate the roads, especially in the back fields.
My handsome G.K. loves the snow. Here he is enjoying the view from the courtyard behind my kitchen.