Winter arrived in full force this weekend with temperatures dropping late Friday, changing rain to sleet and then snow. Though newscasters claim Greenville received 5 inches, our total was about half that amount if you measured generously.
By afternoon, the sun had appeared and most of the snow melted from the roads, thank goodness. The temperature continued its nose dive, however, and it was a very brisk 16 F (-9 C) when I took the dogs out this morning.
The birds seemed to know bad weather was headed our way. They’ve been busy at the feeders since early Friday, with some waiting in the camellia hedge for their turn. At one point yesterday, I counted a dozen Northern Cardinals. I also saw a bluebird, which is rare, as they seldom visit feeders. There have been a great number of woodpeckers here too, including two large species which I particularly enjoy watching, the Red-bellied and the Northern Flicker.
After breakfast on Saturday, Tim and I took a walk on the golf course where we can see our street from the far side of the Reedy River. I love the winter view when the homes are more visible and you can pick out details of the terrain.
Sadly, three massive trees in our woodland garden were toppled by a March wind storm. In the photo below, you can see one is sprawled across the upper terraces…cut into lengths, but still much too heavy to move. The second was cut and piled on the riverbank by city workers when they needed access to repair a pipe on a neighboring property, and the third reaches across the river.
I have to admit I was disheartened by 2016’s weather, since spring storms were followed by a summer drought that extended through autumn. Hopefully, 2017 will be a better year for the garden and I’ll shake off my apathy to move forward more productively in the coming months. We’re off to a good start with precipitation, with nearly 4-inches in the first week of the year.
Today, as you might have guessed, I’ll be taking down Christmas decorations. I’m a stickler for the full 12 days of Christmas and with snow on the way, I couldn’t resist leaving the tree up just a little longer!