We’ve been getting a major snowstorm each week for the last month; I’ve lost track of what the cumulative snowfall total is — somewhere between 3.5 and 4 feet — and we’ve got a few feet of snow on level ground at this point, and very large snowbanks. So yesterday I wandered around with the camera for a bit, and here’s what it all looks like.
Here’s our home; notice how much snow we’ve raked off the roof to avoid collapse and/or ice dams, and how much is left along the ridge. Notice also the split-rail fence that is almost completely buried.
Here are the mailboxes across the street and the snow pile at the end of our driveway. The arrow is pointing to the top of my head as I stand behind the pile.
We don’t want our shed collapsing either, so we’ve raked the snow off its roof too. We better not need anything that’s inside the shed for quite a while.
The back of our house. We don’t quite have snow piled up against the windows. Not yet.
We have a number of paths dug strategically through the yard, so that the oil tank can be filled and so we can get to the compost pile. (Yes, we are that dedicated to composting food waste. Or that dedicated to not smelling rotting food in our trash cans, anyway.) The cat has not been allowed outside since the weather got really cold, but the last time he did go out, he kept rubbing up against the sides and corners of the paths, just the way he rubs against corners inside the house. And then he’d get confused that it was so cold. But you can’t blame him for being confused about the wall concept, because this is what the path looks like from his point of view.
And finally, if we weren’t diligent about getting snow off the roof, we’d be likely to end up with icicles (and the ice dams and water leakage that goes with them) like this house around the corner from us.