A flock of redpolls showed up at our window feeder last Wednesday, and they have been alternating with goldfinches ever since, sometimes at the back feeders as well. Betsey Foster reports that her neighborhood bald eagle made his first flyover a few days ago. She also says she has lots of finches -- purple, gold, etc.; also a flock of starlings that has hung around all winter; and of course the assorted small birds we all see vacuuming up the seeds.
Mike saw deer tracks coming out of our woods and going across the road. Monday morning I saw deer tracks, too, going up over a snowbank at a neighbor’s place. Monday’s six inches of new snow on top of what fell on Friday and then Saturday night have made for lots of blowing and shoveling at this late winter date. That brings our total snowfall so far this season to 83 inches, which Mike says is just average. I guess we can say that March came in like a lion, so maybe we’ll see the lamb by later this month.
Of all crazy things, I drove down to Freeport in Friday’s snowstorm, stopping in Paris to pick up my friend, Anne Gass, so that we could attend the ninth annual Knit, Spin, and Spa weekend. This is an informal gathering of fiber addicts, where there are no schedules, no classes, no entrance fees, no requirements, except to have a good time. The whirr of spinning wheels and the click of knitting needles filled the air at the Hilton Garden Inn and the Harraseekett Inn down the street.
There was a room full of vendors where one could buy yarn, roving, spinning wheels, buttons, finished products, and all manner of books, tools, and gewgaws. I found some very colorful and interesting bundles of roving which will end up in some form as Christmas presents this year. A good time was had by all, and I must add that the drive home on Sunday was wa-a-ay easier than the drive down on Friday.
The junior class at Gould returned on Monday from their eight-day sojourn of winter camping in an Outward Bound style activity that is part of Gould’s 4-point program. At this writing all I know is that everyone was very glad to have hot showers and clean clothes once more.
The Maine Nordic Team Selection Race will be held Saturday, March 5 at Black Mountain. Any athlete who lives in Maine, or who attends a Maine high school, is eligible to compete in the race. The purpose of the race is to pick the top 24 male and 24 female athletes who will represent Maine at the 2011 NENSA Eastern High School Championships March 18-21 at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford. We plan to be there to cheer on our granddaughter and her teammates as they vie for some of those slots. Should be a lot of fun.
We just came in on this Monday afternoon from clearing snow, and a look out the window shows that the white stuff has started again. However, the temperature is hovering a hair above 32 degrees, so I fear it will turn to rain soon. That makes for a real mess, followed by freezing and ice. Yuk! Have to take the bitter with the sweet, I guess. And I realize there are those out there who would prefer rain instead of snow any time. To each his own.
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