Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blizzard 2011

Gardeners depend on nature to keep their projects going. Always present, sometimes gentle, sometimes fearsome.

Last night and this morning was an awesome display. almost 10' on snow, sustained 35+mph wind with gusts reaching 60 mph. It still has not stopped.

At 4:45am I looked out the window. The neighbors Escalade is nearly buried!

The force of the wind pushed snow inside the screen porch.

In a few short months we'll be dining al fresco, a cool beverage and hot BBQ. But for now.... we wait here is a series of pictures showing what we got.

It hurts my back just looking at it!

That's a driveway under there. I estimate it is about 3.5' of snow.

All done digging out. Three hours of work, and very fortunate for me, a neighbor has a a big truck and a plow, he was having fun!  He plowed from the house to the street. Saved me several hours work!

Did I say that is a 4' fence?

Spring is coming right? Yes it is!

Nature reminded us of the power we have to enjoy and endure, without discussion! 

Until next time, Keep Digging & Eat Well!

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  1. You are lucky to have a neighbor with a snow plow or you would still be out there shoveling!

    Stay's getting very cold!!

  2. This makes the 3 or 4 inches of snow we had at Christmas time look a bit pathetic!

  3. Hi Mark, yes 22 "official inches" in less than 24 hours makes this storm total the third highest in recorded Chicago history. So far I've been through two of the top 3 (1979 and 2011) The "big one" in 1967 I still lived in New York and was just a small boy. Looking at the relative lushness of your blog I am envious, we are a ways away from spring blooms.


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