Saturday, April 07, 2007

A Late Freeze

Cherry blossomsWinter, or what passes for winter on Planet Georgia, has made one final visit to FAR Manor:

A BROAD SURFACE RIDGE CONTINUES TO BUILD SOUTH FROM CENTRAL CANADA AS A LARGE UPPER LOW REMAINS ANCHORED OVER SOUTHEAST CANADA. THIS PATTERN ALLOWS COLD CANADIAN AIR TO SPREAD FAR INTO THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES. A REINFORCING SURGE OF COLD AIR WAS MOVING THROUGH THE AREA THIS MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR OR JUST BELOW FREEZING THIS MORNING...AND MOSTLY IN THE 20S SUNDAY MORNING...


Mrs. Fetched is understandably concerned about all the flowering stuff around the manor house, and wanted me to get pictures. Fortunately, I’d already done that except for a close shot of the flowering cherry outside our bedroom window. But as of this morning, it seems the wind (strong all evening and even stronger last night) was crueler than the cold — many of the blossoms got blown off the tree. One was on the ground when I was taking pictures; I took it into Mrs. Fetched.

Fortunately, it looks like it’s going to be slightly warmer tonight than last night, and (if we’re lucky) it will stay above freezing Sunday night. The wind may have rescued much of the fruit crop in the state by preventing frost from forming.

Blackberry Winter came early this year, and stronger than usual. Let’s hope that’s the end of it.

5 comments:

  1. Yes, let's hope ... enough of the cold and wind.

    Those blossoms are amazing.

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  2. Oh, and I haven't seen the plump menace since I got your e/m ... coinkydink, no? ... lol

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  3. I read your post on jameshowardkunstler.typepad.com

    Poultry are a good source of protein: they grow and reproduce fairly quickly, and also provide eggs.

    I understand that chickens have generally had the maternal instincts bred out of them, so their eggs have to be brought to term using incubators. There are a lot of other domestic birds out there though. ducks and geese and heirloom turkeys. they might provide opportunities somewhere between total free range and the productivity of factory henhouses.

    most cows will probably end up being replaced with goats or sheep. sheep are kind of too tedious to keep safe, while goats get into a lot of trouble. but they can eat a wider range of materials, including kudzu. The optimum biomass yields of kudzu would be very labor intensive to manage and harvest though that would probably not be a problem in a return to high unemployment or a collapse of the retail section of the service industry economy...

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  4. Hi Olivia... I'm glad we were able to help. :-) We're starting to pull out of the cold snap; it was 0C this morning & the forecast goes up from there all week.

    Hi Ryan... you're partly right about the instincts. There are dedicated hatcheries; they bring day-old chicks for the growouts. For at least a few days, if you make a clucking noise, a bunch of them will rush over to you & get around your feet... but after a little while, they forget. I'm thinking about doing a documentary if I get enough time.

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  5. Hi FARfetched.

    Great picture and I agree that winter is hopefully gone for the time being.

    Hope things on the FARfetched homefront are going good.

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