Tiny deer on Big Pine

Northernmost Point, Big Pine Key

This sign is just down the road from the house we’re renting on a little canal. When we pulled in the driveway yesterday, there were key deer in the yard.

A walk before dinner, No Name Road

They are very small, and they are very friendly.

Follow deer

I’ll have a photo album up at flickr at some point. But right now, it’s a beautiful day.

The great outdoors, extreme southern U.S. winter style


Just north of North Hampton Beach

It was 50 degrees today. The snow was rained away last night.

How weird is this weather? Let us review, going back in time, via the magic of the blog…

1.30.11 Snow is so deep we had to plow a walkway out to the plowed and packed bonfire circle.

1.26.11 Seven a.m. Five degrees. Half-light dawn. Eerie crystalline fog. Snow banking the roads. A claustrophobia of whiteness.

1.24.11 Getting out of the house is one reason I’m doing this biennial testing job again. Morning One of actual test administration, today, it was -8˚ and, ironically, out of the house was the last place I wanted to be.

1.22.11 Bitter cold zeroing out to stunning, breath-taking cold tomorrow night. Snow is deep on the ground and plowed into mountains along the roads and in parking lots.

1.13.11 In the olden days, houses were built close to the road because there were no such things as snow blowers and trucks with plows.

1.12.11 Pushing 20 inches, says the yardstick in the snow-bedded lawn.

1.29.10 It’s a sweet little town in winter.

1.28.10  We eat and drink the snow. The cold in the air, we breathe it in and turn it warm.Winter is just another sort of dream.

1.26.10 Winter from a car window.

1.28.09 Any hopes for an end to this winter’s brutal weather will be buried under a foot of snow by tonight, forecasters say.

1.26.09 My roving correspondent reports that Cape Cod Bay, down south in Massachusetts, is frozen.

1.25.09 This group of friends played ice hockey on the pond without skates.

1.22.09 These aren’t even the best icicles I saw today. It was just in a place I could slow down and shoot out the window.

1.21.09 Did I mention the snow?

1.19.09 Silver dawn gave way to blue skies over a fresh 11 inches of bright new snow.  I borrowed my husband’s almost-knee-high boots to tramp around in it with the dog. The snow is very fresh, light and clean, well-fluffed with air. It’s 16 degrees.

1.14.09 A tractor was coming down the road and I thought, “Look, a color!”

1.11.09  Looks like about 7 inches of super-fluffy new snow, and still coming down. It’s 19 degrees. Snow should taper off by noon. Shoveling this stuff will almost be a pleasure, compared to our most recent storm of frozen slush.

1.8.09 Winter light. Beautiful after a storm.

Year of the Dragon

Winter afternoon

Winter afternoon (Camera Genius iPhone pic)

Dog and I walked intrepidly out into the red maple swamp and did not fall through the ice, even though it is 37 degrees with light rain falling on top of a couple inches of snow. The beavers have been busy-as-beavers and chewed more saplings and increased the size of their under- and over-water log home. We followed the tracks of one big-hoofed deer and one Demon Chicken-Eater (red fox).

(Note to self. Mother Earth News: How to keep your poultry safe)

Now I am having a cup of coffee with half-and-half and skim milk (half-and-half-and-half), and reading by the fire. No one is home, except the pets.

It’s Chinese New Year, the Year of the (Water) Dragon. From the Malaysia Star…

The active Dragon ushers in an energetic year characterised by movements and changes, and reforms in the political and social spheres, predicts renowned Hong Kong feng shui master Raymond Lo.

I dare you to read the whole mind-boggling thing. My takeaway: hang metal wind chimes in a southeast corner of the house. Also, invest in forestry not shipping or spas, books and textiles not alcohol. “Place three stalks of bamboo plant in a clear glass vase filled with water, in the North-West.” And carry a Rooster pendant for luck.

(Maybe I should get a few lucky, charming Chinese chickens this year, mixed in with more practical, egg-producing fowl.)

Fun: all things Dragon on Etsy.

Solar storm going on right now, out in space (above the clouds). Here’s a video of the aurora last night in Tromvik, Norway. It’s like flying green dragons…

Jan. 2012 aurora gallery at spaceweather.com.

Tsuga snow


A hemlock in snow.

Been messing with blog templates. Will continue to do so, with fickle abandon. Too bad my actual wardrobe isn’t as creative and varied as my virtual dressing.

Just back from the grocery store where I thoughtfully bought man-food for the Patriots-Ravens playoff game today. John gets home around kickoff time. Then we will rip into all things crunchy, spicy, hot and smoothly cool. Also, there is beer.

Country Pork Stew for dinner, with onion, garlic, fresh sage, white wine, broth, tomato paste, allspice and lean pork stew meat. Apron? Time to tie one on.