24 Little Hours

What a difference a day makes.

After losing two major branches to the Ice-storm we decided our Winter Tree needed some TLC so we made a bit of a garden around her base with some logs from the tree across the way that had a severe prune, (also from the ice-storm) some newspaper to inhibit the grass and bucketloads of our nicely nutritious compost.

A garden of one’s own – a bit of snow still on the ground but Spring was looking like it was just around the corner

A garden of one’s own – a bit of snow still on the ground but Spring was looking like it was just around the corner

Then, this happened …

Nothing serious, just a little bit more snow, amirite?

Nothing serious, just a little bit more snow, amirite?

As it got dark, the snow began to get serious, and seriouser …

What manner of mysterious creature is playing underneath my branches?

What manner of mysterious creature is playing underneath my branches?

It was some rare and seldom photographed, (mostly because they’re invisible) SNOW DRAGONS …

Heh, heh, heh ... you can’t see us

Heh, heh, heh … you can’t see us

They frolicked and gamboled in the snow underneath the Winter Tree until Mama Racoon …. erm, I mean Mama SNOW DRAGON called them in for supper.

You still can’t see us! Hee, hee, hee

You still can’t see us! Hee, hee, hee

Off they hopped into the night …

Look! Mama left the porch light on for us

Look! Mama left the porch light on for us

… leaving the Winter Tree to chuckle to herself at the wonderful mess they made of her nice smooth snow skirts.

So much wonderful excitement! But now, I think I’ll go back to sleep and wait for Spring to REALLY arrive

So much wonderful excitement! But now, I think I’ll go back to sleep and wait for Spring to REALLY arrive

The next day the path-clearing crew started removing 40 centimeters of snow from the walkway.

Mrs Widds – full steam ahead!

Mrs Widds – full steam ahead!

Coco the Community Cat arrived disgruntled that the path had not been properly cleared before she, and her very long tummy fur, had to plow through it in order to get cuddles.

I’m not freaked out. It’s just wet, and cold, and lumpy. OK, I’m freaked out ... a little bit

I’m not freaked out. It’s just wet, and cold, and lumpy. OK, I’m freaked out … a little bit

Mirabeau leapt to the rescue with warm towels and soon Coco was relaxing in one of her most favourite places  …

Mirabeau: “I’ll leave you alone to recover, shall I?” Coco: “ Well, perhaps you could stay for a little while longer?”

Mirabeau: “I’ll leave you alone to recover, shall I?”
Coco: “ Well, perhaps you could stay for a little while longer?”

 

-oOo-

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34 comments on “24 Little Hours

  1. I hope your tree recovers from the snow load. Cute dragons.

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  2. The footprints in the snow activated my inner animal detective.

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  3. Sue Vincent says:

    Finding footprinat sin the snow always takes me straight back to my grandfather’s place and childhood 🙂

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    Such a beautiful and amusing story! Your tree has really suffered this winter, hope it holds on until Spring finally arrives…

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  5. You got a lot of snow in this little blizzard! The tree seemed to hang in there despite the snow dragons. 😀

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  6. Winter Tree is probably happy you gave her a blanket of warm compost just in time. Those SNOW DRAGONS sure were having a mighty high time! I love how Coco came for a visit despite the indignity of wet fur.

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  7. Wonderful circle. Did you improvise with the tree as a compass?

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  8. Jay says:

    Heartbreaker! You’d really given that tree an admirable little makeover before snow emptied its ugliness once again. Hope the tree continues surviving! It’s got some wonderful caretakers!

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  9. acflory says:

    Magical. 🙂

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  10. Roda says:

    Snow! I am happy to share my Michigan snow!

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    • Widdershins says:

      Thanks 😀 … one can never have too much snow! … provided one is prepared for it. 😀

      … I mean, we live on a major earthquake faultline and we get strange looks, sometimes stink-eyes, whenever this comes up in casual conversation. Which strangely enough it comes up more often than you’d think, also being prepared for power outages.

      The ostrich-herd instinct in humans sometimes leaves me blinking in the sunlight.

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  11. Suzanne says:

    Love the snow dragons and the story you wrote about them.

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    • Widdershins says:

      It appears Mama snow dragon has taken up residence in next-door’s shed roof for the season. I think we’ll be seeing the baby dragons (I think they’re yearlings) a bit more often now.

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