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"Country View" asks you to share stories and photos about life on your rural property
  • Snow bird

    Snow is always hoped for on our little farm in the Pacific Northwest, but we seldom see more than a dusting. In 2008 the dusting turned into 3 feet of snow, which shut down the community. Next came ice. Tree limbs snapped, and our kiwi arbor, laden with kiwi, fell onto the driveway. Our animals suffered, too. The goats, chickens, and geese couldn't walk through the layers of snow and ice. Icicles hung off of our emu until he couldn't stand. It was the worst weather in 50 years, but we made the best of it. Life slowed down, and we enjoyed the beauty of our farm under a blanket of snow.<br>
    Lori Brucher, Vancouver, Washington

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • The crack of ice

    One morning in 2007 we awoke to an eerie silence interrupted by what sounded like cracks of gunfire. We ran outside and saw an incredible scene: Every surface was coated with a half-inch layer of ice, and the elm and maple trees were sheared off like a tornado had passed by. Power lines lay limp on the ground, and every few minutes another limb broke off with an earsplitting crack. We had to live with my mother-in-law for a week until our electricity was back on. We made it a vacation for our boys. We still have not burned all the firewood we collected from the trees damaged by that ice storm.<br>
    Julie Casey, Union Star, Missouri

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • A better bridge

    This is the wooden bridge my husband built for me when the old one was destroyed in the 2007 ice storm in Oklahoma. We had nature trails throughout the woods that we had worked on for 20 years, and most of the trees were destroyed in two days by the heavy ice. We will continue on. This new bridge is bigger than the old one, and I am very proud of it. This picture was taken last winter after a beautiful snow. The new bridge is pretty and picturesque throughout all the seasons. "To everything there is a season" is my motto.<br>
    Etha Tinnie, Cushing, Oklahoma

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Lost in time

    When a blizzard blanketed south central Pennsylvania with 2 feet of snow, my husband saddled up his horse for a ride. Eagerly, I grabbed my camera and accompanied him. Snow on a country lane always makes a picturesque setting, but add in a horse and the results are breathtaking. What could be better than walking through snow drifts, lacy flakes dusting your hair, with your husband and his faithful horse.<br>
    Margaret Stoddard, Wellsville, Pennsylvania

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Snow buries the barn

    Most of the time living on this mountain is great, but last winter we had 5 feet of snow in one day. We have a dairy farm, and my mother, sister, and I do the milking. There's nothing like wading through deep snow with short legs. I got the snow cleared from the barn door, but it continued to fall as we milked. My sister and I had to climb up on the barn roof to shovel snow off so it wouldn't cave in. Kate fell off and sunk to her shoulders.<br>
    Michelle Craft, Stamford, New York

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • 12 days without power

    Four years ago a terrible ice storm left our little ranch without power for 12 days. Ice covered everything like glass. The weight was unbearable on huge oak trees, and they toppled. Other trees lost branches. Our yard was a maze as we tried to find a path to check on our animals. We endured that storm and another the following winter. It amazes me how adaptable our horses were. Although they had icicles hanging from their bodies, they waited patiently, without complaint, for the inevitable thaw.<br>
    Janel White, Neosho, Missouri

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
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