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I’m not sure exactly how much snow we got here in Grafton on Monday and Tuesday, but I’m guessing it was more than 30″ based on the record 34″ reported for Worcester.  Reminded me a lot of the blizzard we had 2 years ago when we got about 30 inches of snow overnight.  I think at some point, you can’t really tell – I mean, what’s another 6″ after you have 2 feet of snow and the wind isn’t about to let it stay where it fell anyway?  I don’t a huge frame of reference, but it sure seems to me like these big storms are coming more often.  How many of the top 10 biggest snowstorms in New England have happened in the last 20 years?

It’s funny how storms like affect the landscape around the barn.  The wind comes from north and northeast, whipping around the northwest barn corner and up over the roof.  With light fluffy snow like you get in a cold storm, this actually keeps a section next to western outside wall of the barn (in the cows’ paddock) pretty clear.  It also keeps the parking lot somewhat clear, while at the same time dumping huge piles of snow right in front of the barn.  Check out the pictures to see what I mean.

All the animals are good, though their world has shrunk quite a bit.  The fence lines are buried, so I don’t really want to let the cows out into the field.  Not that they would go out there, anyway – cows like hoofing it through 3 feet of snow just as much as we do.  And Mattycat!  What an amazing beast.  I didn’t see him on Tuesday or Wednesday morning, so I was getting worried.  But he magically reappeared Wednesday afternoon, ready for a meal.  That makes 2 serious blizzards that he’s survived up on the hill.  He must have 9 lives and then some.

Now, if only the tractor would start so I could clear some of those piles…

Those that know are being a little cagey about the forecast for Monday.  We’ll plan to have pickup as usual, so get your orders in.  Thanks!!