You don’t usually see green grass and budding leaves against a backdrop of snow, but that’s what we have at Smokey House this week. As beautiful as it is, we’d prefer to be dealing with warmer temperatures!
However, the chilly weather hasn’t stopped the signs of spring in the woods. We dug up some ramps (aka wild leeks) and used one in an omelet yesterday after sautéing the greens and bulb in butter. We plan to pickle the rest tomorrow.
November is the in-between – after the foliage has gone but before the ground is frozen iron hard. Nights are cold, days are, well- days can be glorious like this one, or bitter and windy, or chilly and wet. But today is a brilliant blue sky and a brisk wind. We have started keeping a weather log, though we have no fancy instruments yet to measure wind speed or barometric pressure. So we are recording temperature, what kind of clouds are in the sky, wind direction (the thermometer has a string hanging from it so we can see which way the wind is blowing), precipitation, and any additional comments. I look forward to getting a few more instruments to gather a fuller picture of our local weather.
Out in the wood today, after campfire, hot dogs, and marshmallows we spent a little time building rock sculptures, an activity I find curiously addictive. Everyone did at least one “stacking” and the site is becoming a unusual sight, an art park out in the woods.