This is what greeted me upon arriving at Client #1's to start cleaning up the mangled mess created by the big Dump of '09'. Giant piles of snow in parking lots are expected in Buffalo. They look entirely out of place in Clyde.
The branches resting in the snow pile were just the beginning of the shattered limbs of the White Pines strewn beneath and caught in the tops of the row of pines that act as a screening from the main highway behind them. A Lacebark Pine, Magnolia grandiflora and a grouping of Pfitzer Junipers were also a bit tore up.
Everything was picked up from the ground and what could be reached with a pole saw was pulled out of the trees. There are still more broken branches up there high in the tops of the pines. I don't climb trees. It was a good start on returning the garden to order. More snow needs to melt before the more detailed cleanup can begin.
Nine days after the snow stopped and it still hasn't all melted. It hasn't gotten warm enough. As a matter of fact it has gotten colder. The morning low was sixteen. I doubt that it made it above freezing up here on the mountain today.
More snow is in the diagnosis for New Years. And rain. And sleet.
Lowes was sold out of snow shovels. I wanted me a real snow shovel. You can see the difference in the driveway between where I had to shovel to escape and where I didn't. I didn't get very far on that first attempt to get out.
I just thought it would be nice to have the proper shovel for the next break out if I should happen to need to go anywhere. That is bound to occur at some point, me actually needing to be somewhere. I hope.