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Roofalanche Pending
Roofalanche Pending

I remembered that, during our electricity-free period, I’d taken some pictures that include the sliding ice sheet of instant poultry death on the barn.

All of that is now where the pitch of the roof trajectory sent it. The thick broken foot-thick fragments are faintly red on their underside as the rough ice scoured off some of the paint.

The prettiest part of this image is the blessed bare road surface we temporarily enjoy–at least in our sunny patch of Goose Creek, not so much the more predominant northy portions and definitely NOT the western half of the road between here and the hardtop, a stretch of road we may not attempt again until March.

But all in all, we rarely let a day go by without being thankful we can enjoy the genuine and memorable parts of country life, the good with the bad. And this awe-inspiring winter will make springtime all the more cherished, when it at long last comes some time in mid-April.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. What a lovely photo of the snow and the mountains. I hope your chicken is recovering, too. This is the first winter for my girls. I’ve now pushed their pen partly under the cabin. They don’t much like the snow, but I love the eggs I get from them.

    Carolyn H.

  2. Good to see you back from electron exile.

    As I recall that western portion of Goose Creek Run, it wasn’t much fun in fall so I’d imagine it could be trouble in the snow and ice…

    When you mentioned where the hens were domiciled I was wondering if you ever got enough snow on the barn to be a problem…I guess you do.

    Keep the woodstove burning and stay warm…

  3. You guys are really getting slammed this year! What a difference from last year, eh? Last year was positively tropical and balmy by comparison ….