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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Snow and Ice

Weather update: We started with sleet yesterday which became snow which became ice again by evening and which became snow again this morning. When I went to feed the outside critters, the world was encrusted in ice.






The Twiglets, who were able to walk across the ice-crusted snow, met me and escorted me to the barn.






The ice brought down some limbs on our big pine trees.




Ice was everywhere.









Seeing all the ice reminded of this poem by Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets:
Fire and Ice 
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Later the snow—that had started falling while I fed the critters—covered the ice.




Birds took shelter in the crepe myrtle.




Before long, the trees looked like they were covered in cotton. 




But ice was still underneath.
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3 Comments:

Blogger Claudia Condiff said...

Pretty pictures, but I'd love to see a palm tree.....in person!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

Wow! You have more ice than we do. We had some sleet yesterday, but more snow than sleet. The kids built an igloo today, I'll try to post it soon.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Your pictures are beautiful. Being married to an electric coop lineman, that ice makes me cringe. Hubby is working in the Bedford and Appomattox areas. When he left this AM at 5:00, he was told to take 3 days of clothes "just in case". Don't know when he'll be back. We were lucky here.

9:31 PM  

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