Snow Curls and Snow Shedding

Mar 3, 08

Here’s a picture of the back of our woodshed. The way the snow curls down like that looks so cool.

We were astounded our first winter here – we grew up on the Coast which means lots of rain but not a lot of snow.  Our house here in the Cariboo has quite a steep roof to help shed the snow. But we had never heard that moment when all that snow lets go and slides down the roof! Scared the wits out of me the first time it happened; it sounded like an airplane engine. Even now, although I am used to it, it startles me.

And if we look out the window in time, we can see huge sheets of snow falling to the ground. It scared our dog too and he learned to not lay around outside too close to the house.

A few years ago we had an  ice storm that resulted in a layer of ice on our roof, followed by whatever snow had fallen.  There was at least 3 feet of snow on the roof and because of that thick layer of ice, the snow wasn’t able to slide off the roof.


One day, after enough warm weather, the snow on the roof above the living room finally let go. Our dog was in the house with me, and all of a sudden he looked at me. A couple seconds later, I heard the rumbling and then watched the snow dropping.

I brought Sir out on the porch to show him the chunks of ice and snow.  I was smiling saying “It’s OK bud, it’s all good!”

Until, I looked over the side of the porch and realized the whole stem and transponder for my internet satellite was sticking out of the snow.



Check this out.  The snow and ice coming off the roof had so much force behind it that it neatly severed the arm clean across!  A good reason to stay away from buildings that have snow on their roof. I would hate to think what could have happened if a person or Sirhad been standing too close to the house.

You can hear the snow getting ready to slide off, IF you are inside the house. If you’re outside however, you won’t hear it starting to let go. So remember, if you have a lot of snow on your roof, don’t walk too close to the house on those warm sunny Winter afternoons!


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My Thoughts on Snakes

Dr Joseph Valks

The cover picture is of a bunny, because I think they are cute. Also, I refuse to have to look at a picture of a snake, if it can be helped.

I hate snakes. Hate is a pretty strong word. Let me go with dislike.  I really really dislike snakes. There is nothing more toe curling for me than seeing a snake.

Thankfully, I have never lived where there are huge snakes and I never intend to. I have never seen a rattlesnake in real life outside of the Reptile Cage at the zoo and that was years ago. I now refuse to go into another Reptile Cage, as it is really an honest case of “been there, done THAT”.

I never want to have to look into the coop nesting boxes before I reach my hand in, just in case there is a snake in there. Snakes love eggs and will happily help your chicken eggs disappear. I wonder if they like baby chicks as much as they like eggs?

If you live in an area where there are larger snakes, what do you do about them? Do you try to keep them out of your vegetable gardens? Would snake prevention be important to you? I would think snakes would do a good number on the mice population, although I am not sure.


mole and snake repellent


I saw these rodent repellers and they look interesting.  We often have mice in the garden, which is probably why there are snakes in there!

The only snake that we have around here that I know of is the garter snake. I am somewhat more used to those snakes because they are all over BC. I grew up with seeing them sometimes in the woods or on our lawn. One house I lived in had clover planted around it instead of lawn seed. I have never minded mowing the lawn and did so happily until I realized I was running over things that would then….ahem…get flung out the side chute.

I screamed and right away the toes started curling. I ran back into the house, which is harder than it sounds when you can’t uncurl your toes. I think it took me 2 beers to calm down.

The next time I mowed the lawn, I wore rubber boots, but was soon so grossed out by the flingings, I refused to ever mow the lawn there again.

Here in the Valley, I have seen three snakes in all the years we have lived here. They were garter snakes but they were a lot bigger around and a lot longer than those puny Island snakes down in Southern BC.

That’s probably pretty good, only 3 toe curls in 6 years. I can handle that. I don’t have to like it, but I can handle it.