In that order. Although I am slow on the uptake and not blogging about the big storm until a few days later, but it’s just one of those things!
Here in Maine we didn’t get the snow that our friends in the NY/NJ area got (sorry Kris and Barb!), but on the Maine coast we were pounded with 45-90 mph winds and some of the worst downpours I have ever seen. One weather person was saying that we might get up to 6″ of rain during the day last Friday. I think we must have, roads washed out and lakes appeared in all sorts of unlikely spots. Thursday night about 10 pm we lost power, which isn’t such a hardship anymore since we have a really honking, lovely Honda generator. That baby is set up to make a few lights keep working, but more importantly, to keep our freezers and our water & heat functioning. Running a farm for days with no power is a real pain if you have to keep traveling to town to get gerry cans full of water. For yourselves and for the animals! (A few years back we spent 6 days of our April school vacation without water or electricity. Ugh. Definitely not a vacation!). So we chugged along and had a non-snow snowday on Friday as no one anywhere around had power. At one point we really couldn’t get there from here as down the road in one direction were trees down on wires, and in the other direction the same thing. I don’t mind staying indoors in that kind of weather! And we did get a return to official Central Maine Power sometime late in the day on Friday. The thing that I have been most grateful for is the fact that it never got very cold during this whole weather happening. Over the weekend we did get some hints of sun popping out from behind the clouds as well. The layers of ice in the paddocks are starting to breakup, and so much water is running off the hill that it made gorges in the ice layers underneath the straw, poopy mud and hay leavings.
Very messy. Mud season may be coming early. Even last night’s heavy snow won’t last long… I hope! Now if these high winds would just cut it out already, we would be able to get this show on the road! 6 days and counting to our first lambs!!!