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Why Paddy's not at work today ...
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 3rd, 2011 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>Yeah, it was about an inch of ice, all those years ago.<<

*nod* An inch is bad news.

>> The sound of branches cracking apart and hitting the ground is one I wish I didn't recognize. <<

As long as the cladding isn't too thick, I like the song and chime of ice. You can tell from the sound, in fact, roughly how dangerous it is. When it stops sounding like windchimes and starts sounding like gunshots, that's trouble.

>>But Maine is very forested - we had a lot of trees to fall. The ones that bent, and are still, even over a decade later, still curved were hard to look at. It looked painful. <<

Where I live is mostly farmland reclaimed from swamp or prairie, scattered with upland forest. Our yard has quite a number of trees, though -- you've seen the pictures. With the ice storms here, trees usually either bend (and straighten back up when the ice melts) or just plain break. There are branches touching the ground now that will probably be 8-10 feet in the air later. Of course the sycamore is raining twigs and small branches like there's no tomorrow, but it's sort of designed to do that. It sheds in the rain, let alone ice.

>>I was glad to read that you have a woodstove. Ours kept us warm for a few days without power.<<

Sooth. I am very fond of our woodstove. I like not having to rely wholly on modern technology.
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