The biggest news these days seems to be the weather, specifically, the snow! We have certainly had our share of snow since the new year began, with storms, flurries, and/or dustings occurring every three or four days. Our total accumulation at the Garden of Eden for the season so far is 65 inches, not counting what may fall between Monday and Thursday, when you will be reading this. We’re enjoying the x-c skiing very much.
My only complaint is that it seems every time we have finished blowing the driveway and digging out the mailbox, the town plow comes along and dumps a load in front of the mailbox and at the end of the driveway. That’s frustrating, to say the least.
Last Wednesday’s foot of snow cancelled out the monthly gathering of our spinners’/knitters’ group. We planned on a snow date for yesterday at my house. If all went as planned, we will have had our gathering between snows. Most of us find it hard to go a whole month without getting together.
With the snows come the birds. They can be seen charging their batteries with birdseed when a storm is on the way. The blue jays are still the bullies of the gang, but they are unable to scare off the doves. The doves placidly continue pecking away while the jays wait. They will, however, give way to smaller birds now and then.
Jake loves the snow and can often be seen just rolling in it for pleasure. He also likes to poke his nose into snowbanks, presumably seeking out some delicious smell or other. I haven’t tried the woods path for a while, hoping that someone else will break a new trail. Snowshoeing over newly-fallen snow is very hard work. Nevertheless, I hope to have braved the wilderness by Thursday.
The Telstar Middle School boys won their cross-country skiing relay race at Tripp last week. They are a talented group of skiers and have done very well this season. Congratulations to all of them. I don’t know as yet how the girls fared, but the results are probably in today’s Citizen.
Gould Academy x-c skiers went to Stowe, Vt., last weekend for Eastern Cup competition races. There was a 5k skate race for women on Saturday, with 215 skiers competing, and a 10k classic race with 92 skiers on Sunday. A good many of the female skiers were college students or older, so the competition was tough, but the Gould girls did a great job.
The boys were also there, participating in a 10k skate race on Saturday with 208 skiers, and a 15k classic race on Sunday with 127 skiers. I noted that Adam Mahar, a Telstar junior, was there skiing for the Chisholm Ski Club. All the skiers should be proud of their races against such fierce competition.
Tuesday night we attended a Senior College wine tasting at the Mill Hill Inn, with David Nivus of the Good Food Store presenting a program on Spanish wines. This Saturday there is a string quintet program presented by Mahoosuc Arts Council. We look forward to attending that. And if you haven’t seen “The King’s Speech,” be sure to do so while it’s still at the Casablanca. It is marvelous.
Stay warm and dry, and enjoy the beauty of the snow. I’m still waiting to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org; 824-2917.