Moonstone Music

Musings on music composition, walks in the woods, and life after the big city.

Location: Moonstone, Ontario, Canada

I'm a music composer, clarinetist, writer, podcaster, environmentalist and warrior against the terrors of everyday living!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Winter Preparations

We came up with a wonderful solution to bagging the leaves – run the lawn mower over them and mulch them! The neighbours had been doing that. Don’t know why it took so long for the penny to drop for us. We had a grand campfire yesterday with dead branches that had blown down from the trees. There are still a lot of leaves on the trees yet but I’ll bet they’re not down in time for the Hallowe’en municipal pickup so we’ll probably mow them up again. That’s unless there’s snow. They’ve been predicting wet snow mixed with rain for the last couple of days but it hasn’t arrived yet. We also managed to harvest most of our herbs – oregano, tarragon, chives, thyme and some marigold as well. So it feels great – like we’ve done our squirrel thing and prepared for the winter. Even so, I’m not really looking forward to the snow. I’ve been watching the webcams in Scandanavia and seeing the snow arriving in Tromso and Vadso. As I get older, I can really understand people going south for the winter. I look at the snow, think of the effort that everything will take, from the additional weight of wearning boots and coats, to the work of shovelling, and the difficulties of winter driving, and I just want curl up inside and sleep until spring.


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