Snow

Photo Dec 16, 4 27 54 PM_ (Large)The first snow of the season is always welcome. It masks a variety of sins: bare-naked stick trees, frozen ground, that pile of scrap wood that never made it to the dump.

New Hampshire got its first “real” snowfall of the season (i.e., plowable snow) on Saturday night. Totals ranged from 8-12” depending on where you were, but certainly it was enough to make skiers happy and ensure a white Christmas for the rest of us. My little village, wearing a coat of white, looks like a Christmas card itself. Sometimes I think I live in a postcard.

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The early settlers here were farmers and loggers, and at first the population grew.  However, before the Civil War, the population of the area began a long, slow decline because of poor soil and harsh winters.  The 19th century brought something more positive:  the railroad, steamboats, and visitors from the cities to enjoy the cool summer breezes and the sparkling water of Lake Winnipesaukee.  Catering to the “summer people” continues to this day. The railroad bypassed this side of the lake, but steamboats brought businessmen, writers, poets, and their families from the railroad in Laconia to the landing here.  Without the railroad, this side of Lake Winnipesaukee developed little industry.  The year-round population eventually stabilized (241 at last count), but the area changed slowly.  If you look at decades-old postcards of this area, the houses and roads look virtually the same. This little village today looks much as it did 100 years ago, and the “big lake” still sparkles alongside the shore.

Well, not at the moment. It’s frozen.

Photo Dec 17, 7 58 32 AM (Large)

One of my favorite quotes – actually two lines of a poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson – must have been written on a day like today. Blue sky, frigid temperatures, and with a stiff breeze off the lake, he wrote:

“Here where the wind is always north-north-east
And children learn to walk on frozen toes.”

The title of the poem?  “New England.”
Surely, today – at ten below zero – children were walking on frozen toes.

Photo Dec 15, 11 36 49 AM (Large)

 

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6 responses to “Snow

  1. I was just thinking about you today and wondering how you were doing with all the snow! Great post and beautiful photos! Good to know you’re doing well and enjoying the winter wonderland 🙂

  2. Wonderful evocative photos to make us part of your season. . . thank you! LIve in a postcard? Is it not delightful to be able to do so 🙂 ???

  3. We wish you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ….as the snow continues to mask all those dirty little secrets. 😉 D&A

  4. vintagefrenchchic

    It may be cold but it sure is beautiful!

  5. Dec. 22 here in Carolina, and we had a deluge today. Of rain. It was 70 degrees. How I wish it was 30 so we could get a little of that action you got.

  6. You DO live in a postcard! Lucky duck…. Gorgeous photos, as always. One of these years I want to experience New England in the winter, at least for a few days!

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