Year of the Tiger
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Monday, 15 February 2010 00:00

The second Tuesday in February brought us 15 more inches of snow and the Chinese and Tibetan New Years, as well as Valentine's day, all fell on Sunday. It was a week-long celebration of newness, love and the white stuff.

I discovered this cute mountain man clearing a path to the porch one sunny morning. The wind carved some great snow dunes around the yard. He plowed right through them and cleared a path to the house, the hightunnel and the cars. For all his hard work, I invited him in for a breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast from a homemade baguette.

EC on walkway with snowblowerPath to the hightunnel through the snowSnow dunes


I got dressed and shoveled around the cars and together we unloaded 480 pounds of leaf compost I had picked up at Agway earlier in the week. I'll use the compost for the soil blocks and general amendment to the raised beds. We may use some of the compost in the soil mix on the tables we plan to build this spring for micro-greens production. (Hip-Hip Hooray!)

EC clearing snow from hightunnel doorSnow cleared to door of hightunnel - with shovelLeaf CompostEC hauling leaf compost


Here's a shot of the high tunnel in her happy snowy world. The 2nd image is the path back to the house.

Hightunnel in the snowPath back to the house


The wind kept blowing the mailbox open because of the ice built up around the door. I wiped the snow and ice from the mailbox door, and the Earthy Cowboy went out and cleared the snow in front of it so our mailman can access it (and lord knows, with all this snow, we better be able to get our Netflix!).

Windy valley on a sunny, snowy day!Mailbox in the snow

Luscious pinot noir


For Valentine's Day, the Earthy Cowboy got me, among other sweet gifts, a luscious bottle of Pinot Noir. It was the best bottle of wine I've had in a while, and I highly recommend it. Dry, smooth mouth-feel and easy on the palate. I loved it. A perfect wine. Dinner was Chicken Cordon Bleu and Mushroom Arancini with a Kale/Spinach Saute from our winter garden and home-baked bread. We finished dinner with Blackberry Napoleons. They melted in our mouths so quickly I forgot to take a picture.


I leave you with some words from D.H. Lawrence to mark the beginning of the Year of the Tiger.

"The living self has one purpose only: to come into its own fullness of being, as a tree comes into full blossom, or a bird into spring beauty, or a tiger into lustre."

Happy New Year, friends.