I know it’s shocking, but it’s still winter here. πŸ™‚

Snow coming this afternoon, and we made a return trip to Alton Bay to check out the bobhouses before the fishing derby started this past weekend. We got a bonus – the planes were landing. I cannot tell you how much fun it is to watch planes land on the ice. So, here is a photo and a 12 second video you might enjoy.

They were setting up more bobhouses with trucks, cars, snowmobiles, and people on the ice.

I was wondering what kind of fish they were catching so I looked it up – Black Crappie, Cusk, Lake Trout, Pickerel, Rainbow Trout, White Perch, and Yellow Perch. The grand prize winner was a Rainbow Trout weighing in at 5.53 lbs. and 22.75″ long.

The ice fishing derby is sponsored by the Meredith NH Rotary Club with all proceeds going to local community projects.

Inside, my second Amaryllis is putting on a show, and I’m enjoying it.

I may make it to the sewing machine this week, if I can put my books down. I’ve been polishing off Brad Thor, Irene Hannon and several of James Grippando’s Jack Swyteck series pretty quickly lately.

If you have 1 hour and 24 minutes and are looking for something on Netflix, check out “Kiss the Ground.” It’s a thought provoking 2020 documentary about climate change and growing practices here in the US and around the globe. You’ll definitely come to appreciate carbon emissions and the difference between soil and dirt.

Trivia question of the day – how long does it take for a greeting card to go from New Hampshire to Michigan? 33 days. Pony Express might be faster. πŸ™‚

Have a good week and stay well.

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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76 Responses to Winter

  1. Wowsah! Look at all the activity on the ice. Fun! Unfortunately, I missed our town’s fishing derby. I don’t think there were planes at ours. Next year, I hope to actually get on the ice and take pictures. That amaryllis is gorgeous. And, I will be checking out “Kiss the Ground.”

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  2. Looks like you all had a wonderful time outside! What I wouldn’t give for a 5 lb. rainbow trout, my favorite fish! Take heart, after Feb 15, the weather usually does start to turn…well, maybe after all the snow that is predicted for this week!

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  3. Oddment says:

    Thank you for two good laughs. LOL at your first sentence (I love snark), and then at your trivia question. I bet there is no end of story about how long it takes anything to get anywhere these days. How about how long does it take me to get to the mailbox from the time I decide to go to the time I actually get there? Getting my toddlers dressed to play in the snow was faster. I love your photos even though my main thought is “better them than me.” The images are so good that they make me cold. Your amaryllis, on the other hand, is warming and absolutely silky-looking. A gardener’s winter will somehow have a bloom. Thanks for all the ways to endure!

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    • I could be a board member on the snark commission. πŸ™‚ I kept wondering why my friend didn’t mention she’d gotten the card with the small fabric gift inside, and when she called on the 13th to say she just received it, I about fell over. 33 days – really. πŸ™‚ That Amaryllis is beautiful. I would highly recommend picking up a couple next year because they are definitely worth watching as you gaze out at the snow covered world.

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      • Joyce says:

        We can top that! One daughter in Michigan sent $50 in GameStop gift cards to Texas for the twin boys for Christmas. They never arrived. Probably stolen, I know, but part of me was still hoping – in early February! – that they’d still show up!
        I do know that delivery services are overwhelmed these days. Pottery Barn Kids is no longer as generous with free shipping codes. Just ordered some pjs that would normally be free P&H and arrive in 3 days. Nope, $11 to ship and not expected til next week Monday thru Wednesday! (But when grandsons say they GOTTA have those glow-in-the-dark Batman pjs or they will DIE, what’s a grandma to do but pay to play?) πŸ™‚

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      • There is no question – Grandma has to order those glow-in-the-dark Batman pjs! Sorry the boys didn’t get their gift cards. We mailed some papers to an accountant, and I’ve been tracking them every day watching to see if they will actually get there. 🀞


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Sadly, the video link says it is unavailable, private. They look like regular planes without skis or do they have special tires?
    Your Hippeastrum looks so vibrant, perfect for Valentine’s Day.
    The postal service truly earns the name ‘snail mail’ these days! πŸ˜‰
    Have a great week, fingers crossed the storms are easy on us.

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    • Thank you for telling me because YouTube is not my technical thing, but I think I have it marked public now so hopefully it will work. 🀞 No, they look like regular tires which makes it even more interesting. It was freezing cold that day so as soon as they landed they did have to put a small blanket over their engine. There was a row of cars lined up with people sitting and watching them take off and land. You would have loved it. Snail mail is appropriate right now that is for sure.

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  5. Paula Francese says:

    Your amaryllis is a show stopper!

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  6. Marilyn says:

    You’re having fun in the cold weather. We keep getting a little bit of snow every day. It is snowing right now. Not used to this winter weather. We haven’t been in it since 2003.

    Your amaryllis is gorgeous. My is a salmon color which is pretty too. The walking iris keeps blooming. I have a flower this morning. It is the third bloom front that leaf. I have two more coming on old blooms and a fresh one that has taken forever to flower. I just looked at it and it may bloom today.

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  7. Murphy's Law says:

    I couldn’t watch video either for the same reason as Eliza. But your picture tells the story. I’m sure it’s fun to watch, and that’s as close to being in a plane landing on ice as I would ever want to be!! πŸ€—

    Your Amaryllis is absolutely stunning Judy. It is really amazing how slow the mail is, even allowing for all the mail order packages due to Covid. I can’t believe the USPS couldn’t have been more prepared. Frustrating.

    I don’t know the authors you are reading, but I’m going to check them out. I’m reading Deep Into the Dark by P. J. Tracy. New author to me, but so far, so good.

    We are already covered in ice! Not real thick yet, but thick enough that it doesn’t crack under our weight walking ( trying to stay upright) on it. It’s a real challenge taking Murphy out with her three legs, trying to help her stay upright. We celebrated her 13th birthday yesterday.

    Read, sew, have coffee and a Whoopie Pie, some additional chocolate, admire your Amaryllis and stay warm, dry and safe.

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  8. Such fun! Anyway, we have finally had a bit of winter, now receding. Climate change rages on; even so, we love being out in the snow when it does come.

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  9. I just read, no kidding a blogger’s tale of a drawing he ordered his wife for Christmas last year from Germany just arriving. It took 71 days! He pointed out that Columbus took less time to discover North America and that included a stop for provisions and repairs in the Canary Is.
    I am glad your card made it.

    The planes landing on the ice is so cool, and the village looks so wonderful. A place I’d like to visit.
    We still have winter here too. I guess Puxtatawney Phil was right…winter is here for a bit longer.

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  10. Joyce F says:

    A birthday greetings postcard mailed from my town on 11/28 reached me on 1/5. Slowest snail mail ever.

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  11. Winter is still here in Knoxville, Tennessee; however, we don’t usually get snow, so it’s just gray, damp, and uninviting. We don’t get out much, so you should see me trying to walk in my condo to get my step count up for the day! Enjoy the beautiful scenery you have, even if it’s just from the window.

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    • We don’t get out much either so I’ve been walking on the treadmill which I don’t like, but it’s better than not walking at all. If there is one other person who understands walking ‘inside’ and trying to get steps, it’s me. I’ve been known to do that on multiple occasions. πŸ™‚ Stay well, and here’s hoping we’ll all get to be a little more active as the vaccine gets distributed because we sure did miss our winter in SC.

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  12. Joyce says:

    Enjoyed watching the plane land on ice! But would I ever be a passenger or a fisher-person sitting nearby? Oh HECK NO! (Experiencing flashbacks to high school physics and something about force and stress and tension – those kinda things I haven’t though about for over half a century!)

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    • I’m picturing you having those flashbacks and laughing out loud. Too funny. I watched them land and take off and was truly amazed each and every time. When we first got there, we saw three planes, but at one point there were eight. The pilots and passenger(s) would chat awhile and then one would take off and another would land. It’s a total blast watching them, but I cannot remotely imagine being inside one of them. πŸ™‚


  13. Now that is something I’ll never see around here! It looks like a really fun thing to see. Your Amaryllis is beautiful.

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  14. Thank you for taking us along on your visit to Alton Bay to see the ice fishing. It is such a fascinating sport. Long Island is looking quite the same with one snowfall after another and everything is looking like a winter wonderland. Your Amaryllis bloom is lovely and thanks for the tip on the documentary…sounds right up my alley!

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  15. Dan Antion says:

    33 days? Wow, I could ride my bike there in less time. That’s absurd. I enjoyed seeing the planes land on the ice, and seeing all the stuff and people that is out there. I’m glad the ice is thick enough to support all that weight. We’re about to start warming up here, but yes, it’s still winter here, too.

    Take care, Judy. The Amaryllis is beautiful!

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  16. If I were a fish, I think I’d be pretty happy to be pulled out of that icy water (at least until I realized my fate, anyway). The plane landing on ice is incredible. I’m not sure I’d trust the strength… but then I’m not likely to be flying into a snowy area anyway πŸ™‚ Your video was followed up by another video showing a less than ideal landing… yikes!

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  17. germac4 says:

    I loved watching the plane coming in on the ice, that’s not something we see in Australia…and the fishing huts are so interesting. One of the many wonderful things about blogging is seeing other worlds on the same day!
    Your Amaryllis is absolutely beautiful, I’m going to look out for one of those.

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  18. Nancy says:

    Oh how I loved seeing the fish houses! Our lake in Pennsylvania has them as well and they also have a tournament with hundreds upon hundreds on the lake. I can only enjoy it through pictures as we are out here in AZ.

    33 days for a letter to get from you to Michigan! Holy Cow!
    Happy Monday my friend!

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  19. Nancy says:

    Oh and thank you for the video! I loved watching the plane land on the ice!

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  20. Lavinia Ross says:

    Thanks for the tip on the documentary! I will look it up. The amaryllis is beautiful, and I enjoyed the ice fishing scenes. Looks cold there!

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  21. Ally Bean says:

    It’s still winter here, too. More so today even. Your observation about the Pony Express made me smile. While I rarely send any cards or letters, when I do I like to believe they’ll get there in a timely manner– especially for my MIL in a nursing home.

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  22. The planes landing on ice is fascinating to me, though I can’t imagine actually doing that (or being a passenger in one). A brother-in-law of mine is a small plane pilot. For years I cringed whenever I was a passenger in a car he was driving because he’s a chronic tailgater; I can’t imagine what kind of pilot he is. Your Amaryllis is beautiful! Our accountant is in California. I mailed our tax papers to him from here in Florida ten days ago. They finally arrived after spending nights in Philadelphia.

    Stay warm!

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    • I was a passenger in a small plane once in my stupid younger years. Not a care in the world and enjoyed it immensely. Not so much these days and especially not on ice. That being said, I just love watching them land and take off. We mailed our tax papers too and sent them certified so we could track them, and track them I did. They arrived today after about a week. Phew.

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  23. lyart says:

    ice-fishing – a concept I am completely void of, being a mountain girl from Europe. But nice video of planes, I would enjoy this, too.

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  24. pbmgarden says:

    Your Amaryllis is gorgeous. Fascinating snow and ice pictures.

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  25. I didn’t know a plane could land on ice!

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  26. joey says:

    The mail has been all messed up for some time. I’ve noticed. Personally and professionally, mail time norms mean nothing now.
    Rainbow trout with dill and obscene amounts of butter, please. Would love to have caught my own, but not ice shanty bobhouse love πŸ˜‰

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  27. slfinnell says:

    Kiddos loved watching the plane land. Our Lake of the Ozarks froze bank to bank for the first time in nearly a decade this year. Ice fishing made the front page of the paper. lol

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  28. Your Amaryllis is a real beauty. What fun to see the planes skating on the ice rink. I’m sure the pilots have done this before.

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  29. All that activity on the ice is amazing and I enjoyed the plane video. The mail here is slow too. Because international flights are very limited, anything going in or out takes weeks.

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  30. Ice fishing! Sounds torturous! A plane landing on ice? Now that is something to see! Our daffodils just started to bloom. We had a couple weeks of cold dark days, but it seems Spring has arrived on coastal Georgia.

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  31. Tina Schell says:

    LOL for 33 days to delivery!! My husband’s new iPad took as long. It was stuck in Memphis’ Fed-ex hub during the storm. OY! As for ice fishing there is not a chance in hell that I would risk landing a plane on ice! I was nervous just watching the video 😱. I’m off to google the winner’s fish for my husband. Loved your post this week Judy.

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  32. I LOVE ‘watching’ them take off and land on that ice, but I don’t even walk on the ice to get the photos. LOL


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