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November 21, 2011

Still Gardening In A Winter Wonderland

We have over 1 1/2 feet of snow.  But that doesn’t stop the gardening at our place.  Plants are still growing in the greenhouse.  So follow me as we take a glimpse of our winter wonderland outside and what’s growing in the greenhouse.

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Our garden house built into the hillside sits just below our log home.  It is more then just a greenhouse we also have complete guest living area in it as well as a sauna. For more all about our greenhouse visit my posts Building Dreams The Garden House Part 1 and Building Dreams the Garden House Part 2 where you can see us building the garden house in stages and a better look inside.

I had moved all my container tomatoes and most my flowers into the green house in late October.  Here in November with snow outside and temperatures as low as –20 Celsius or 5 Fahrenheit the plants are thriving.  I also transplanted some lettuce that has already bolted.

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Nasturtiums peeking out the window at the snow outside.

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On this particular day the sun was shining, heating the greenhouse to a warm tropical climate.  Our other source of heat is a wood stove that has to be lit if the sun doesn’t come out during the day and nights are expected to go below 15 degrees or below –10 Celsius.  This day I was working in a tank top.  Bathed in the sunlight tomatoes are also enjoying days like this and continue to turn red.

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More flowers are still blooming.

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My little winter get away place. Where the garden still grows.

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Outside my garden is blanketed with snow.  It came so early this year that many of our fruit and ornamental trees still have their leaves on.

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But hidden under this blanket of snow along with another layer of cloth lies the last of my lettuce.  I was able to harvest enough for another 5 or 6 more salads.   I still have some Kale undercover in a couple places left in the garden for fresh winter greens. 

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But when the sun is out this is really where I love to be.  Outside in our winter wonderland.

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We have no proper snow plough this winter, it got broke last winter so it is done towing a V wood plough with our 4X4 truck, going down our driveway it went wacky the 1st run going back and forth.  How we have gone back in time.  Here also is a photo from over 20 years ago with the same V wood plough loaded with friends and their kids to help add  weight after a heavy snow fall.  Those were the days when keeping the driveway cleared was a fun thing to do.  There was no electricity, running water, TV or internet.  I use to be so adventurous back in the first years we leaved here.  We also have one of the best sledding runs on our driveway as you can see.  But with my back my sledding days are over. 

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie  Christmas 1990 Friends helping to weigh down our V-plow pulled by our truck


We still have our neighbour's cows here which hubby goes down and feeds in the morning and I go down and feed in the evening.  I really enjoy the time out and watching them munch on the hay.  They will be picked up soon.

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While out this sunny day I was trying to find a little texture on something and found this lovely aspen tree and realized there was even a glimpse of the house in the background.

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Well here I am with my snow pusher clearing all our trails to all the buildings around the house.  For anyone with back problems get on of these.  It requires no lifting of the snow.  I do about 200 feet of walking paths and clear parking for 2 cars.  It takes about 1 hour if less then 5 inches.  About 2 hours if we get a bigger dump.  I always start the trails extra wide so later when the snow gets real deep I don’t have high narrow sides. 

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Well I did finally see the specialist about my back.  I do have a partially slipped disc.  As I haven’t pushed myself doing to much for almost a year now and I haven’t had any problems.  But as I would like to get back into shape again he recommended I do yoga 5 times a week and later start doing exercises on one of those big balls to strengthen my core area.  I am soooo out of shape from being afraid to do anything till I saw the specialist.  At least now I know what exercises I can do to help my back and not hurt it.  I found on You Tube Yoga with Esther Ekhart who has many yoga videos to follow with.  Right now I am doing Beginning Yoga part 1 and part 2 of a 5 part series.   Perfect for a slow start and getting myself limbered back up again.  Finding the time to squeeze that in isn’t always easy.   Of course I will always have to be careful and not over due or lift heavy stuff anymore.  So even though the snow is here my days are filled and now hubby is on the computer more every evening.   We won’t be heading south to the desert at the Salton Sea in California till almost February so I still have lots of winter here to experience ahead of me.

May all your experiences in life be varied and something new to learn and have a

Good Morning…  Good Afternoon…   Good Night…
Whatever it is to you.

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Here I Am/Carrie


TexWisGirl said...

your place is just gorgeous! the snow clearing V loaded with bodies made me laugh! what fun!

glad you can strengthen your body once again! good luck!

Horst in Edmonton said...

Hi Carrie, good to here that you are starting to exercise again. I ride my Stationary bike a lot now and it also helps my core muscles. Your home looks beautiful in winter. I am envious, love your green house. You may try to have a large black water barrel in the green house to help keep the temperature up at night. The water stores heat in the day and releases it slowly at night. Have a wonderful week.

Joan Ramon Noguer said...

Fantàstica sèrie, a mi m'encanta la neu. Quina passsada!!! Molt bones fotografies.

Bona setmana, Joan.

Jenny Schouten Short said...

Carrie, these are beautiful photos of your home in the snow and the greenhouse. I know you love being able to go there in the winter. My daughter is living in Idaho and they have lots of snow already. Thanks for sharing. xo Jenny

john bord said...

Kept looking for the snowman, harunph.... poor guy feels slighted.

Anonymous said...

I love your post! thanks for sharing..God bless you..loves soraya

Leovi said...

I love those beautiful images covered by snow, spectacular, great pictures. I wish you best of your back. Take care.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the post a lot. Like being there. Enjoyed the "V"plow thing. I remembered we used to see them now and then in our hamlet in the days before snow shovels, road plows and the only shovels were garden spades and scoop shovels for moving grain on the farm.

Nice post. The pictures are great too.

Kaya said...

Carrie, this is such wonderful post. Actually, all your posts are really a window into your world.

You have already winter!!! It looks so beautiful on your pictures.

Ohh, I understand how much you have to plow snow and work with a shovel. I sometimes hate it but nothing we can do about it.

Carrie, that is so good that you decided to go with gentle Yoga exercise. I love Yoga. If you will be very devoted to it your back will be strong again. But you have to start very gently and slowly and then someday you will not worry about your back. Yoga helped me tremendously with my back ache.

These are spectacular pictures!!! Love them so much!!!

Greetings from Kaya.

Arti said...

You live in a heavenly place Carrie... The house surrounded by the snow and pine trees amidst the mountains is just pure bliss... The tomatoes look red and the flowers seem to be blooming well... Nothing like a home garden!!!
Loved the post, thanks for sharing :)

PolarBear said...

Was looking for this post and saw it up again in FB. Thankyou... love those pics... really really beautiful! Now got to run back to FB... see you there! And glad to hear you're looking after your back, keep up the good work. Mei

Fotokarusellen said...

This is a wonderful place. A very beautiful set of pictures. Bravo!

Haddock said...

Such lovely photographs.
The best I liked is the winter get away garden.

Words the Windows to the Soul said...

As usual when I come here I always miss something. You be careful with that back. As I know what bone,joint,and just plane old back pain can be. As I contemplate the Ride I can't help but wonder how close I be to you. Yet Ride America has become almost a driving force. But the snow surrounding you tells me what I might encounter...Peace to you

Arlene said...

Wow, I thought places like yours only existed in magazines or travel brochures, i can't stand the cold, but I think I could learn to enjoy it even just a little bit, with a scene like that to wake up to, simply beautiful. said...

Just beautiful! but you need to works hard to keep it up these wonderful place,thinking about you Carrie.
So glad your back is getting better
I guess our body are need to be used
gentle way?
Please take care your back.
Big Hugs,

Lisa RedWillow said...

Gorgeous Carrie. Your photos are always . Thanks for making me sick for Cattle. :) I miss mine .
Love the photos .

Arlene said...

Me again Carrie, i just popped in to have alook at your book, and I must say it's lovely, I'm amazed that the photos were taken with small digital cameras, I just don't get anything near that with my Fuji Fine pix, I'm doing something wrong, obviously. You have a good eye for a shot. well done.

Hope said...

gorgeous capture as always.. think I would like to bring a sleeping bag and camp out in your green house for the winter months.. "smile"
Happy to hear that your on the mend with your back.. do be careful when doing yoga.. or any excerice for that matter.. and try to keep warm.. cold does not help the back in any way shape or form..
can you believe that Christmas is now only a hop skip and jump away ?
where does the time go?
to bad spring was not as fast in coming.. "smile"

magda said...

Carrie, hi
Your photos are wonderful and your home is like cart-postal!!!
Lovely, lovely!!!!!!
Your flowers, everything!!!
Many greetings

Light-In-A-Box said...

I love your green house so much, incredible all while its freezing outside. Your place is amazing & the winter photos are awesome. We've had a few nasty storms here in Calgary & today I'll still be cleaning up after yesterdays storm. Last week we had damaging winds & they even closed downtown because of windows actually taking flight! Almost every neighborhood reported damage! Take care of that sore back carrie!

Anonymous said...

Carrie.. thanks for sharing such beautiful photo's and an insight into your world.
It looks like such a lovely place to be.

Gary xox

Chip Allen said...

Must have missed this while the docs were practicing on me. Just a couple of snow showers here, so far, but it's only a matter of time. Glad you got in to see the doc about your back. Wish I had taken better care of mine over the years. Easy does it on the snow pusher. said...

Hi Carrie,
It is not first time, again I made big boob on my space 16-10-11.
What happened was I always think about my blog name made me unhappy.
There I has change to from michiko-michiko blogpost-blogspot com.
To michiko--blogpost-blogspot com.
you can seen only one michiko...
There I can't go back to original ones, plus I had problems at Dash board which they don't want to shows my new post anymore.
That why everybody think I'm not blogs now.
I tried so many way but strange enough my window live space was okay which they shows who has new post etc.
Thank you for all trouble to visit me which appreciate it very much.
My friend has very similar to your situation the way back to 10 years ago she was hurt from hard exercise
it cause her back slept her lower back disks, in that time her doctor's suggest have an operation but she doesn't wanted it ( she has second opinion from other good doctor).
Her back is fine ever since but she kept an exercise everyday.
Hope yours get improve oneself.
Please take care my friend.

GreatGranny said...

It's paradise revisited. Love the plow with bodies in it...whatever works. It's just beautiful and the winter garden, just love it.

Admiral Hestorb said...

Hey girlfriend..I too am getting back into shape and loving it. I am going a workout every other day and there is already a difference after just over a month, I may try yoga down the road so as to enhance my balance along the way. Lets keep one another up on how we're doing as it's important for our health and well being, I have the disc thing going on too, by the way.

That crazy made me mad.very..till I finished driving around the building to the order window. By that time, I stopped wanting to bean her with a stick to realizing there was no use in it ruining my day. She was wrong..I wasn't. End of my little story for that day. xoxox

© Liz said...

Qué bellezas de fotografías, el lugar donde vives es realmente hermoso Carrie aunque no me gusta mucho el frío.

Gracias por tu visita y lindos comentario, un abrazo!

Liz desde Caracas - Venezuela ; )

Rick said...

What a beautiful winter wonderland Carrie - with summer thrown in whenever you go into your garden house ! Although we're wintering in Florida now, I still do appreciate a really good dump of snow - the more the better. We're home for Christmas for 3 weeks and I'm hoping for a (very) white one !

Gorgeous shots. I hope your back gives you no more trouble.

Have a great week !

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie
I'm just looking through your photo's again. I've never seen snow. It snows in Australia, but just not where I live or have been. It looks pretty though.
I can imagine myself spending a lot of time in the warmth of your greenhouse during winter :)

I hope you're having a lovely week Carrie!

Gary xox

Light-In-A-Box said...

Hello carrie, thanks for your recent visit! We are slowly catching up to you with snow amounts, although we keep getting waves of warm air coming & that makes the roads a big slush pond!
Take care...

Lisa RedWillow said...

Hi Sweet Friend. I love your view. You have such and eye and an artists hand eye and heart.

Daniel said...

A special winter wonderland... magical!

You've captured it all beautifully.

Thank you

Miguel Iglesias said...

Es verdaderamente hermoso el lugar donde vives.

Connie said...

Carrie, it's just lovely around your place. Glad to hear you have some time to enjoy the winter. I know you've mentioned that you love it. I've never seen a snow pusher before. Suspect even I could move snow around with one of those.

Dianne ... Walking In His Grace said...

Hi Carrie, It seems forever and a day since I have been to your beautiful blog.
Wow, snow! It looks so peaceful, and oh so Beautiful. Love each and everyone of your photos, and the Christmas Carol goes so well with each of them.

We don't have any snow where I live in eastern Ontario yet. It has been raining here and it looks so beautiful on the trees. It has been awhile since I have been out with my camera and I miss it. Hopefully sometime soon. I may have to relearn how to use it, Ha! :)

Thank you for stopping by. It is always nice to see and hear from you.

Well it is late but I am trying to do a little catching up. I wanted to stop by and wish you and your hubby a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Hugs, Dianne :)