Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March Snow, Dumfries & Galloway

Well it started with this blizzard and then just got worse!

Friday 22nd March

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Everything got blasted

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We made sure the birds were fed

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Everything started to look white

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It got quite claustrophobic as all the windows were like this, we couldn’t see out

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Most of these photos were taken from the doorways as the wind was too strong to go out and my camera soon got blasted!

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At this stage you can still see my greenhouse, this later became completely covered by a snowdrift

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The boat and steps up onto the rock have now disappeared

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This is the front garden during the blizzard

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This little fella came looking for his monkey nuts, now buried in the snow

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Our road, still just visible at this stage

Saturday 23rd March

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Saturday morning and more snow overnight, we went out to see the damage, this is just outside our back door

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The front garden

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Our cars almost buried

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Blasted shed

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Time for a walk up the road to see what access is like

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The fields don’t have much snow on them, it was all swept into drifts by the strong winds

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The hedges look pretty

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Rhododendrons hanging heavy with the snow

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Drifts got deeper as we approached Blackpark

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This is the road, we didn’t get further than this

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Outside the entrance to Blackpark Farm

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Tramping back through the snow

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Our house from the top of the drift outside

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Our road, this is our access to Stranraer, we won’t be going out today!

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We cant get out this gate

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Or this one! Believe it or not this is our front path to the pedestrian gate!

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At least we can just about see through the windows now

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Pete in the front garden

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This is the side of the house, surrounded by a huge drift

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Our mini orchard, the trees almost covered and just the top of the willow den showing

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Somewhere under there is our vegetable garden

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Buried wheelbarrow

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The back garden is under this somewhere

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On top of the drift

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Looking down on my greenhouse and sheds which are almost covered

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We couldn’t get out of the back door and this is why, we had to get out the front and dig our way in the back!

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Hungry birds

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The cavalry have arrived!

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Not looking very passable yet but getting there!

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The birds sheltered wherever they could, this little bluetit found a gap between the snow and our front window, I think he wanted to come in!

Sunday 23rd March

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We made sure all our friends were fed!

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Which car to dig out so Mike can get to work?

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Not Mikes as can’t get out the main gate

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Road now passable with care

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The bottom gateway is the best so we will tackle this one, still a lot of snow to shift though!

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The diggers left great boulders of snow outside the gate

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Still pretty slippery

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Pete trying to see our house over the drift

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I think it will be a long time before we are back to normal!

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The drifts are too deep for little legs!

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Anyone for a picnic!

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Under here somewhere is one of our wildlife ponds

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and this is the other one, not much hope for the wildlife and newly laid frogspawn sadly

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The car is now freed, just got to shift a load of snow in front of it

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Monday 25th March

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Breaking through the drift

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Fields now green, but the drifts will remain for some time!

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