Tree branches are down all the way down the mountain. Some arm sized ones fell on the walking path the school kids use to get home (great- something else to worry about...) and a huge one fell in the carpark at the bottom of the hill. Luckily(?) the company went bust last month so there were no cars there. Would have taken out at least three cars otherwise.
Our fabulous chook cage extension showed it was designed and built by a non-snow country Australian by straining and breaking under the weight of all the snow. The chooks can't get out but the sparrows are having a field day now they can get in....
And the tree of much contention at our front door- the one that's supposed to be pruned into UFO shapes and that I insisted be free to grow as it wished, much to the consternation of my neighbours? Well, it now has a flat top. And it's about half it's original size. No possums will be climbing that tree for access to the roof! Unfortunately that's the tree our fabulous electrician friend turned into a Christmas tree with strings and strings of sequenced lights. K is going to have a look at turning it into the littlest Christmas tree type thing.
All that snow made for a fun start to the day. The snow ploughs do this road every third blue moon it seems so getting the girls to kinder was an exercise in choosing the path of least slippage.
Luckily it was K's bad economy/ prefectural work sharing scheme rostered day off so he chauffeured the girls and then came back and insisted on driving me into the city for my cooking class. I was miffed at his lack of faith in my driving until we got out there and were stuck behind a kinder bus that was sliding all over the place.
Got to cooking only 15 minutes later than usual and we had a great day making vegan cupcakes (thanks for the recipes!) and decorating them in non-vegan ways- I couldn't give up orange cream cheese icing on a chocolate cupcake! My students all had fun and were shocked you could cook with baking soda. Apparently there was a book that came out last year all about cleaning with baking soda and vinegar so when I told them we'd be cooking with it they were a little leary but agreed the results were great.
And I actually remembered to not only take my camera but also have it charged and use it! So here is a sample of my students' creations:
Aren't they cute? The ladybird is for her son. I was showing everyone how to make butterflies and her son loves ladybirds so she made one.