Monday, February 18, 2008

More Ice

We received more snow last night only to be followed by rain. By the time we got home from work the driveway was again a sheet of ice. I was able to get a few shots this time.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Slippy Situation

What crazy weather we have had this winter. From huge amounts of snow to buckets of rain, I think we've had it all. After the rain we had last night our drive way is a sheet of ice. And I mean that literally!!!

I took the truck out tonight and almost made it to the end of the driveway but all of a sudden the back end slid around and I was facing the other way stuck in the snow. Derek tried to get it out and even the four wheel drive wasn't helping. We finally got the truck out of the snow by me pushing and Derek switching from forward to reverse, forward to reverse, but when we got out of the snow the truck slid across the driveway and into the other pile of snow on the opposite side of the driveway.

So out comes the four wheel drive tractor, aka the battleship. Unfortunately that really didn't help at all as all it wanted to do was slide all over the place just like the truck. We finally gave up on trying to get the truck out and focused our efforts on just getting the tractor back up the driveway. I had to get the kitty litter out because we didn't have any sand. Slowly Derek was able to get the tractor onto the side of the driveway that still had a bit of snow and he finally made it back up into the yard.

Lessons learned tonight
1. Make sure always to have some sand on hand
2. The truck tires are really bare
3. Don't let Jen drive the truck on an icy driveway, not a good combination

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Our ice burdened spruce trees creaking under the weight

We are finally back on-line. The Island experienced a pretty bad ice storm last week which knocked out the power for many of us Islanders. We were lucky as we only lost our power for 60 hours but some homes were without power for 6 days. We had to haul water from my home farm in Summerside for the horses but that only lasted for two days, thankfully. We are lucky as we have a wood stove and were able to keep the house reasonably warm. Our internet was not working until this morning so I wasn't able to post any pictures of the ice damage at the farm.

The morning after the storm the first thing we noticed was that our fence was laying on the ground, we have self insulating plastic fence posts that were not strong enough to hold up against the weight of the ice.
Several posts have snapped in two leaving the fence vulnerable in several areas. Derek and I walked the fence Sunday and there were several areas where the horses could easily have walked right through. We stuck the in the snow as best we could but we now see our fencing needs some improvements. Luckily the horses are not venturing too far from the barn these days so chances are they will not discover the poor fencing situation.

Below are a few shots from around the farm the day after the ice storm

Our poor birch tree, I thought it would snap, but it came back

Ice surrounding a corner post and the wire

Derek showing the ice buildup on the fence wire

Our tractor looked like a "mean machine"