A Cariboo Homestead Winter

It’s beautiful and sunny today, which often happens here in the Cariboo. Even though we can get a lot of snow and it does get cold, often afternoons are simply beautiful here on the homestead! Take a look…

 

January on the Homestead


 

A view of the greenhouse, barn and fields taken from the porch. You can see we have a massive snow curl forming.

 

Ice Curl

 

It really makes it a fair bit darker inside the house when we have a sheet of ice between the sun and the dining room window!

 

path to barn

 

We’ve got a path cut from the side yard down to the barn.  There’s also a path leading to the greenhouse so we can move the snow away from the sides.

 

Greenhouse

 

While we were away, there were some very cold temperatures. This means we have a layer of ice on top of the greenhouse under that snow you can see. It’s hard to get that off; we need several warm afternoons to melt it away. Trying to use a broom from inside to push away the snow, just means we would put holes in the plastic roof. But we need to get down there and brush off the snow from the outside of the roof. Then perhaps that ice layer will start melting.

We also like to keep the snow away from the sides, so we have shoveled a pathway all around the perimeter of the greenhouse. We still have the original plastic on there (from 2008 I think), so that has held up far better than had ever hoped. This is just another winter chore around here!

 

Piles of snow

 

Snow, snow everywhere! We are fortunate Graham has a machine for moving the snow. He piles it up to get it off the driveway. He is careful as to where he piles it; we like to have it piled on the lower side of the driveway, so when it melts, it melts away from the house and driveway. This means a lot less mud come Mud Season, one of the most dreaded times of the year here for us.

 

 

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The Mother of All Snow Curls

Want to see the “mother of all” snow curls?   Do you know what a snow curl is? Maybe you know it by another name, but if you live anywhere where there is a lot of snow during Winter, you’re probably familiar with them.

Snow falls and lands on the roof. Maybe the weather warms up and the snow slides off the roof. But if it doesn’t warm up, and instead turns colder, the bottom layer of that snow will turn to ice.

Once it turns to ice, it really has to warm up in order for the snow to melt enough to slide off the roof. When it does warm up, you’ve got the perfect storm brewing.


A storm of snow curls, that is. Some of them hang around for weeks.  Here are just a few of the ones at our Valley homestead.

 

Curl Nov 8

A little baby snow curl begins to grow…

 

 

Snow curl

 

A snow curl in the making. A layer of snow starts to melt in the winter afternoon sun and the snow just starts to slide. Then, it cools down in late afternoon and this happens.

 

 

a snow curl in the making

 

And this….

 

woodroom 2 jan 18 09

A good layer of snow on the roof of the woodroom.

 

woodroom snow curl

 

That layer of snow melts enough to start to curl, but it’s not warm enough to have the snow actually slide off the roof.

 

snow curl

An awesome snow curl hanging off the back of the woodroom.

 

Snow curl

 

Here’s the mother of all snow curls…it surpasses anything we have ever seen in the Valley. This is the snow on the porch side of the house (the side that looks over the garden and pastures.  You can see the lines from the metal roof! Pretty cool, eh?