......And a warm day with a lot of Snow on the ground.

So yesterday was a really REALLY warm day for January and here in Sempronius the temperature reached a marvelous 49f. Sounds wonderful....... until you consider HOW MUCH snow on the ground is going to melt..... and then on top of it we had significant rains.

The weather bureau issued a flash flood warning ...... and discovered in the day when heading out to check on the chickens..... that all the water from the deep ditches on the side of the road were carrying COPIOUS amounts of water and emptying them into our little quiet creek. It wasn't particularly quiet any more. It wasn't even staying in it's banks anymore. As the house sits on the high point of the property there was never any danger of water getting into the house or even cellar...... but there was the issue of the paddock turning into a LAKE. Gee.... no one told me about this aspect of January weather. So as it transpired.... we didn't stay inside and do any book work for homeschooling.... we did move a few things further away from the water and the boys had free reign to play with water dynamics.....and experiment with large pieces of wood and water pressure. Good wet fun.



Some of the scenes from around this part of the world as I took the boys for a photo shoot to get to know their camera's in the subdued winter light.


Today i took the boys out for a photo shoot at New Hope Mills as part of our homeschooling art lessons......Mostly because it was a great opportunity to take a load of photos and the weather was very snowy therefore I knew the results would be effective snow is such a great contrasting backdrop .... especially as Jye is just learning to use his new Nikon cool pix camera.

It was also a good opportunity for me to force myself to drive in inclement snowy weather.... and not let it put me off driving. As a western Australian in New York.... driving the boy's around in the snow is not something i have yet become easily accustomed to and it still is a bit of a challenge on very blowing snowy days.  But then..... now when i go out i don't exactly see a lot of vehicles on the road either..... seems everyone else is at home! Except for the truck drivers. Certainly there was no one stomping around the old Mill. It was a great opportunity to do some local area exploration and for the boys to have an experience they can connect some future historical information to for the rest of the week.



Winter in the finger lakes is a particularly interesting time of year as so many different things come to mind. Your organizational skills must be fairly well honed as traveling is sometimes more treacherous. Personally as an Australian in the snow you have to overcome some personal challenges..... being that snow is not something i have had many opportunities to become totally comfortable with. I think this winter my personal boundaries for driving have significantly improved. I don't get butterflies at the thought of it now..... but i would say i was far from complacent. I still have intimidations from the white stuff.

But as an artist it is a very beautiful time of the year and the world gets smaller and more pure looking as a lot of sins and mess are covered with snow. I like that aspect.

It is also a time to self reflect and accomplish some indoor tasks that improve life for all and focus on the quality of life within. It is an important time for personal growth and change. At least that is how i see it.

 Some photos from the last couple of weeks.