winter's icy grip
I like winter, I really do. But could it be over soon? Please? Freeze, snow, thaw, freeze, snow, thaw. It's getting kind of old, you know? We had another bunch of snow over the past couple of day and people are slip sliding all over the place.
One interesting aspect of the continual freeze/thaw thing has been the wonderful icicles at our house
I've heard that this is a sign that your roof is poorly insulated, but I'm in denial because these are so pretty
defying the laws of gravity
I like the contrast in these two pictures...
Remember our little snowman family? Well, they also became victims of the big thaw that took place a couple of weeks ago.
Before they started melting for real, SnoDad leaned in to share a secret with SnoKid
and SnoMom got a fluffy new hairdo.
Several days later they had all been reduced to these sorry lumps. Wahhh!
Humans aren't the only ones who have it tough in winter. When the ground is completely covered in snow, birds can have a hard time finding food. So make sure you put out some nice snacks for your feathered friends.
Blackbirds looove apples and nuts. Chickadees will do anything for sunflower seeds.
I tried making my own suet cakes this year with vegetable fat, oatmeal, chopped nuts, mixed bird seed, raisins and cranberries. The birds don't seem to be all that enthused but have slowly been eating them, mostly out of desperation, I think. Oh well.
The streets have been icy, very icy. There have been small snowplows out and about clearing the roads as best they can, but our cul de sac never gets plowed. Well, hardly ever. Some time in January a guy with a plow came in, pushed all the snow to one side and left us with our own little mountain right where people used to park. How convenient. I have no idea if a neighbour hired him or if he was sent by the city, but really, this thing has frozen into a 5 foot tall chunk of ice and will probably be there until May.
Since you're obligated in Germany to make sure no one slips on or around your property, we've been pretty busy. If you own your own home, you have to keep your walkway and the sidewalk in front of your house free of ice and snow as best you can. If there's no sidewalk, it's a one metre strip of the street that must be cleared and kept clear from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. on weekends. No excuses. If you're sick or on holiday, you have to ask someone else to do it for you. If the mailman or the paper boy wipes out, it's ALL your fault. If you rent, snow clearing duties will be spelled out in your rental contract or your landlord may choose to do the job him/herself.
Well, I've done my duty for today. Time to build a new snowman!