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Just stopping in really quick to share some fun photos of our most recent Nor’Easter that dropped about 15″ of snow plus 5 trees/large limbs in our driveway. A Winter Wonderland Nor’Easter + Another on the Way. While the snow is really pretty at our new house, I am so done with winter. It’s the middle of March Mother Nature…..can you please take your snow and go away?
Isn’t it so pretty? What a mess though. Seriously, so much damage.
My mom helping my dad get dressed to snow blow. -ha. He always looks like a puff ball in his snow suit.
2018 Winter Wonderland Nor’Easter
My parents and I have been having a debate about cutting down some of the trees. For me, I am happy to have at least a 10′ radius around the house removed (especially near the pool) as all they do is create a mess. They like all the trees and are not inclined to agree about removing some. I am hopeful after my dad spent hours with my husband removing and dragging enormous limbs out of the driveway, he will think otherwise. I am not looking to clear the forest, I am looking to create less maintenance! Do you agree?
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We decided to park our cars on the far end of the driveway so the plow guy could push the snow towards the back yard. Little did we know that the snow would literally cause all the limbs and trees to fall to the ground. Over our cars!
Needless to say, the garage is getting cleaned out this Spring. This will not happen next winter!
We ended up parking the tractor / snowblower in the garage as walking to the barn in a foot of snow to access the tractor wasn’t going to work. 2 of the garage bays are full of stuff from the move so only one spot is open for a car.
My son enjoyed a day off from school and a few trips to Starbucks and 5 Guys.
We just got our power back on late last night and we didn’t actually get our generator up and running until yesterday afternoon. We had to have some changes made to the electrical panel in order to get the generator working so thankfully, we were able to have that done yesterday. We will be better prepared next winter. Our current generator use to run our entire house but this house has more wattage running and we will need to upgrade to a bigger generator. My dad said the new one will cost between 8K and 10K so I am not looking forward to that. The thing is though, if you don’t have one that can run your furnace, you run the risk of frozen pipes and that bill would be a lot worse. Right?
As the afternoon progressed, the sun started to peek out.
Do you see that big tree against the house to the left? I think it’s called a Cypress Tree (not sure). Once the weather gets better I will take more pictures of it and maybe one of you will know how to trim and care for it. Most of the Cypress Trees I have seen online seem to grow up and are really skinny. (Updated April 2018, the Cypress tree is actually and Alaskan Cedar Tree that had roots pressing on the house foundation so we had to remove it. See before and after by clicking the highlighted Alaskan Cedar Tree link.) They seem to be common landscape trees for Mediterranean Homes. I know it’s overgrown but I can’t seem to figure out how to make it grow upwards (the limbs) even if I trimmed it? Unfortunately, we have another Nor’Easter coming Sunday night into Monday. There probably will not be school again which means the kids summer just gets shorter and shorter with each storm. While we haven’t had as much snow as previous years, the wind, rain, sleet and tree damage this year as been like none other. Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be done with us yet. Updated: March 2019, See our excavation landscape series where all the dead trees and brush were removed to expose the New England stone walls,
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