Saturday, January 29, 2011

Icicles and trees

I've spent the past week getting settled into a new house that I actually own. This house has many advantages. Some of the most basic are -

1. It's a nice place - 2 bedrooms, a kitchen/dining area, and a living room. This is more space than I really need, but not necessarily more space than my books other stuff need.

2. It's in a good neighborhood.

3. It's only about 3 miles from work, leading to a very short commute.

There are some disadvantages, though, which are small compared to the advantages but nonetheless present. The biggest disadvantage is that I live on a dirt road. It gets plowed when it snows, but it isn't possible to plow a dirt road as closely as a paved one, so there is still lots of snow. The area is also hilly. This could describe 90% of central Massachusetts, so it's no surprise, but hills plus snow plus a car that lacks four wheel drive and was definitely not designed for either dirt or snowy roads makes driving ... interesting, to put it politely.

(Another disadvantage is that I now owe more money than I ever have before, but that's sort of an automatic hazard of buying a house unless you are wealthy or buying a cheaper house than what you previously owned.)

In any case, I will leave you with a couple of pictures. First, icicles on my house. These have grown so large that I am afraid to disturb them:

Second, a big tree that overhangs my driveway. It's a Norway Spruce (Picea abies), I think.


Dejemonos sorprender said...

Waw, the first picture is wonderful!! how long are..

RPS77 said...

The longest one is probably about 2 meters long. It's a little longer than I am tall.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

OMG ! You do have a really good home owner's insurance policy ... right?
Those are what we call ...
"death by law suit if not actually stabbed by" icicles ... sorry, I just couldn't help myself .. it had to be said .. you are a newbie home owner and it wouldn't be right if I didn't say something .. right ? wink wink
Joy ;-)

RPS77 said...

Don't worry - nobody walks underneath those! There are bushes underneath them, with the walkway about 10 feet from the house (and the icicles).

catmint said...

dear rps, i feel very frustrated because for some reason the photos have not shown up on my computer. it is very exotic for to hear about the trials of coping with heavy snow. i wish you happiness in your new home and hope the photos return. cheers, cm

Daricia said...

i have never seen icicles like that around here, though occasionally we get some of the less than a foot variety. amazing. i envy your gorgeous norway spruce.

RPS77 said...

Daricia - icicles that big aren't very common even around here. You need a lot of snow on the roof that gets partly melted and then refreezes. There was plenty of snow on the roof when I posted, though thankfully it is gone now.

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