WHAT WINTER AT MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE

OK, so get on your warm winter gear and come take a walk with me, ’cause I’m about to show you what winter at my house looks like. When I woke up yesterday morning I couldn’t wait to slip on my winter boots, and my heaviest jacket, and my warmest woolen mittens in order to take a walk to survey my property. One of the biggest winter storms to hit our area in several years had barreled down on us the night before. So I slipped out the side door onto the motor court to find icicles hanging off the light fixtures.

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My favorite green bench on the back porch had a dusting of snow, and the rosemary bush I depend on for so many recipes was nearly buried in snow.

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It’s a good thing my husband had the forethought to open the motor-court gate, lest it too would have been buried shut.

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WHAT WINTER AT MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Looking across the way to the entry courtyard, the fountain was still chugging away through its frozen mantel.

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WHAT WINTER AT MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

And all that was left of my pretty iron chair was a snow-covered seat.

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WHAT WINTER AT MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

WHAT WINTER AT MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Within the very few minutes that it took me to trudge out to the front of the house the weather changed abruptly, bringing with it a howling wind, bitter cold and a powdery snowfall.

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Then within a few more minutes it was a bit brighter again.

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My poor cyprus trees look like they belong in Whoville. Thankfully they always spring back.

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But I do love how beautiful the birch tress look in winter. When they lose their leaves they reveal things that are hidden other times of the year.

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So now let me trudge my way through the snowy front yard so we can go check out the rear yard.

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This is my rear covered loggia. It is here that I stood 4 days ago and took a video as the storm first arrived.

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Here’s that first video…

And here’s the 2nd video of what it looked like yesterday morning, 3 days later.

Looks like it’ll be awhile before we’ll be dining alfresco…

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WHAT WINTER AT MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

or having cocktails on the terrace off the bar, our favorite spot in summer.

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WHAT WINTER AT MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

My greenhouse will not be nurturing any new seedlings for awhile either.

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And it will be a few months until tomato vines find their way up my iron topiaries.

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Well, Brad’s doing his best to clear the snow but it just keeps coming! Not sure we are going to be able to keep up with it. Wherever you are I hope you are safe and warm.

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So there you have it: WHAT WINTER AT MY HOUSE LOOKS LIKE

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