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The banks had shrunken in upon themselves. They were losing the battle of time. Bare patches appeared along the snow blown walks, ragged, brown scars from the blades that churned the snow. Large swaths of the wooden deck appeared; the dirty ice lacing on the edges of the drive were fragile.

Then, a soft snow fell. It rounded out the sharp contours once again, filled in the gaps and smoothed out the edges. It was clean and virgin white. “Farmer’s fertilizer” we might call it but that name is reserved for the very last snowfall. And this probably isn’t it…

It is officially Spring. There is light. The days are stretching like a cat after a nap and I find myself content. There is good music and dinner cooking.

Instead of fighting the frost heaves life hands me each day, I think I will look at it as a slalom course. Because of the frost heaves I know this snow can not last. The earth has already begun to open and warm. Those massive cracks and gullies that have formed on my commute, regardless of what circuitous route I choose, have turned scenic country roads into a full on off-road experience. There are literally spots where you must slow to a crawl to avoid breaking an axle. I view it as a challenge.

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18 comments on “Last snowfall…

  1. I am so glad the winter-that-would-not-end is showing signs of cracking. Love the ‘dirty ice’ description.

    1. Thanks Susan. We are rejoicing with 35 degrees and sun today!!

  2. julieallyn says:

    So descriptive! Kudos. Nicely done Martha!

    1. Thanks Julie. I’m all done trying to come up with new descriptions for snow…at least until next winter!

  3. I’d never heard the expression “farmer’s fertilizer.” I like how you described new snowfall rounding out the sharp contours and smoothing out the edges.

    1. Thanks Joyce. The old farmer’s refer to the last snow as “fertilizer” as it melts the nutrients back into the soil.

  4. What a great line “will look at it as a slalom course.” Perfect. (love the header pix)

  5. cheryl622014 says:

    Just back from the US and seen the toll the winter took. We managed to get a fortnight in between snow flurries. Unfortunately The Bronx was not so pretty!

    1. Thanks Cheryl. Out in the country we are now faced with frost heaves on the roads and mailboxes that were destroyed by the plows…

  6. I wonder what mud season will be like this year.

    1. Muddy, Allen, very muddy!

  7. Nolsie says:

    Wow, looks great. We don’t get snow where I live In Australia, we have 4 distinct seasons, with scorching dry summers, cold but not frozen winters, and beautiful springs and autumns. I have only been in the snow half a dozen times in my life and most of those times have been in North America, so it is great to read your descriptions and see your pictures. Thankyou

    1. Thanks Mark. We have had a record-breaker this year. Now hoping it melts slowly or we will have floods!

      1. Nolsie says:

        We are the same in the opposite, we like the hot summers but always have the threat of bushfires. Enjoy the snow and keep the updates coming!

  8. Touring NH says:

    It’s great to hear winter is losing its grip. Next thing you know, crocuses will be popping their heads up.

    1. They may be trying already, Laura. Supposed to hit 50 degrees on Friday and I am hoping some of the snow will go, slowly. Next I can complain about mud!!

  9. Marie Keates says:

    From this side of the globe it’s hard to imagine so much cold and snow. I’m glad it’s coming to an end for you though.

    1. Thank you Marie…here’s hoping! I live vicariously through your spring-time posts!!

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