So what did we do to stay busy during the ice storm?
Played in the garden of course!
Actually I stayed in behind glass - it was so cold out there - but Bob was a
friend to the birds, and pesky squirrels, keeping them well fed and watered.
Forget a warm welcome to the cottage this weekend - the WELCOME flag was frozen solid in this contorted shape. Of course with the entire area at a total standstill, no traffic even came up the street bringing visitors, not even the mail truck could get through and we've had no delivery since Thursday, very unusual.
This feeder was frozen and the birds couldn't get seed from the little port holes. . . . . . .
. . . . . . . but the 'good guy' was soon out there with the tea kettle again dousing feeder and bird bath with warm water. Remember now, none this white stuff was snow, all solid ice so walking anywhere was somewhat dangerous.
We also scattered a lot more seed on the ground to accommodate so many hungry birds. . . often as many as fifty were eating at one time.
The suet feeders were also popular - here a handsome male Yellow-bellied sapsucker shared with a titmouse.
On Friday night we lost power, first flickering off and on through the evening
as we sat close to the fireplace, then at 11 o'clock it went off not to return until
early Saturday morning. The house stayed quite warm and the extra
blanket came out. Raleigh's severe ice made the national news regarding
dangerous road conditions, and the huge power outages in our area.
We're OK though and today the sun is shining and melting is underway.
Just hope our friends to the north in D.C. and NYC are managing with such
huge amounts of snow - stay safe if you're in those areas.