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Signs of Spring in the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont

Red Pine Mountain logo“If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute and it will change.” That’s a famous saying in Vermont and March 25th was no exception. The morning started out blustery and cold and then snow started to fall. Not a big blizzard, but just enough flakes to make Khrysta look as though she had dandruff.

Ears of Morgan horse, Khrysta, covered in snowflakes.

I grabbed a cup of tea and headed to sit by the wood stove and listen to the wind howl and rattle our windows. But sure enough, late afternoon came, and the wind ceased, and a weak sun made an appearance.

I grabbed my camera and headed up the pasture where Khrysta and I surveyed the mountains.

Morgan mare, Khrysta, surveys the Vermont view

And, as I admired the light, so quintessentially Vermont in it’s ever changing hues

Light and clouds over the Red Pine Mountain pasture in Vermont

Three deer appeared.

Two whitetail deer show up out of the woods

They were so close. I was sure they would flee but they didn’t.

Deer grazing in the pasture

Their tails were so white and fluffy and long.

Whitetail deer flicking their tails

Whitetail deer walking

And they are still so very young.

Three young deer grazing

But already best friends.

Two deer graze while one stands watch.

I stayed for a while in no hurry to break the spell. And despite the wind that whipped around my face, I could feel spring all around me; Khrysta rooting for new blades of tender grass and the deer, once again down from their winter home in the woods on the top of Red Pine Mountain.

If you’d like to read more about Red Pine Mountain, my new web page is up and running. I share daily life around our farm, pictures, readers stories and more. I hope you’ll join us at Red Pine Mountain.

mountain woman
5/8/2010 5:15:01 AM

Thanks Shannon. Mountain Man and I do love our farm. Thank you so much for visiting!

s.m.r. saia
5/7/2010 10:40:16 AM

Wow, what a beautiful place!

mountain woman
4/21/2010 7:17:52 AM

Hi Colleen, That's so true about getting all the seasons in one week :-) I've never been to Chicago but I'd love to visit some day. Thanks so much for visiting me.

almost country_1
4/20/2010 8:45:38 PM

Hi Mountain Woman! Love the pix. My God, what a beautiful view. That famous Vermont saying about the weather? We say it in Chicago too :) I love all the seasons--and sometimes it feels like we get to enjoy them all in the same week! Love reading your stuff. Thanks. Colleen

mountain woman
4/20/2010 2:38:16 PM

Hi Nebraska Dave, Thanks for stopping by! Your idea about the PVC pipe and trash bags sounds so interesting. I can't wait to see it in action and hear more about it. Your weather sounds wonderful. We can't put anything into the ground before June 1st although my greenhouse is in full swing with the seedlings. I don't like high winds either because I worry about our trees. Sounds as though you have a wonderful afternoon ahead.

nebraska dave
4/20/2010 1:38:34 PM

MW, I can’t imagine having such scenery right out side the window. You certainly do have a majestic view with wild life too. It doesn’t get any better than that. Here in Nebraska the weather is finally settling down to 50s at night and 70s during the day time. We did have a little dip down into the upper 30s last week but nothing that would be a killer frost. A couple more weeks and we can begin to set out the sensitive tomato, pepper, and cucumber plants. Still a watchful eye has to be on the night time temperatures just to make sure that the low lying frost won’t get the tender young plants. If a threat comes I have a plan that involves PCV pipe and trash bags to make hot caps to get the pesky last frost off the plants. I’m hoping for no high winds this year. Winds are the biggest garden buster and usually leaves a tangled mess to clean up. I don’t have a plan for that on yet but I’m working on it. I’ll be sure to visit your website and check it out. Keep those mountain pictures coming. I think I’ll mosey out in the back yard and work on the current project under construction. See ya later.

mountain woman
4/20/2010 7:17:25 AM

Hi Cindy, We've just come through a bad snowstorm and lots of cold days so I hope it's finally gone. Flip floppy is sure the way it has been. I think the deer are unusual too. I can't get over how long their tails are either. They curl up their backs almost. Mountain Man has told me they will lose the black on their tails as the seasons progress. Thanks so much for visiting me and hope you stay warm.

mountain woman
4/20/2010 7:11:41 AM

Good Morning Pam, Yes, I do love this farm. It's so dear to my heart. When I wrote this spring was on the way but since then we've had quite a few snow flurries and one snowstorm with over 2" of snow but I remain hopeful. Khrysta is the one who has the views. Lucky horse. I get my exercise hiking up their to look at them. Thanks so much for visiting me!!! And, I hope you get rain.

cindy murphy
4/20/2010 7:00:36 AM

Hi, Mountain Woman. Gorgeous photos - I can't believe the tails on those deer! I can't recall ever seeing deer tails that long and fluffy. Our spring has been flip-floppy thus far - a couple of days in the seventies, then back down to highs in the forties and fifties. It's confusing everything and causing things to bloom out of sync. I'll have to get back to your new Red Pine Mountain web-site; right now it's another frosty morn, and I've got to go warm up the car, and scrape the windshield. Enjoy your day.

4/20/2010 6:18:24 AM

Hi Mountain Woman. What beautiful pictures! Spring was late showing up down this way too(Georgia) but now it is in full swing. We just need a good shower to help our garden grow. You have such wonderful mountain views. I know you enjoy every day there. Have a great day. Pam Life on a Southern Farm