Saturday, December 13, 2008

icicle castanets

If you step outside our house this morning you'll hear a fast, light clicking. It's the sound of small, ice-coated branches hitting against each other in the breeze. It's been that way for two days and fortunately the ice is light and the wind not too strong, because we haven't lost power...this time.

We heat with wood in winter, so losing the electric wouldn't kill us, but because we frequently DO lose power we've got a battery operated radio, a large propane burner, some oil lamps, and a storage battery that can keep the lights on (and a crock pot perking) for hours.

Up in NH (home of most of the people we're related to) they've declared a state of emergency and more than 400,000 households are without power. It's been dark, cold, and quiet without the hum of appliances and the ping of email. Here's hoping the lights (and the heat) come on soon.


At December 14, 2008 at 9:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad your power held out, but sounds like you are well prepared in any case. Our CSA farmer has been without power for several days now.

At December 14, 2008 at 2:34 PM , Blogger Victoria Summerley said...

Gorgeous pictures, and I love the idea of icicle castanets. I'm almost envious: you make it all sound so cosy. Here in London, it's warmer (43F) but grey, grey, grey.

At December 16, 2008 at 8:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

yet another great blog with some wonderful photos.

At December 16, 2008 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

Thanks Victoria and Julie. The weather has been so crazy here. Icy over the weekend, then yesterday was in the 60s and I worked outdoors in a t-shirt. It's hard to get a handle on!

At December 23, 2008 at 12:59 AM , Blogger molly said...

how gorgeous are those icicle trees though? i have a photo of a single blade of grass in a perfect ice funnel, held in my hand, from my year of living in Iowa. i did love that extreme ice and snow!


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