Walking on Water

This time of year the amount of usable space we have nearly doubles. Why you ask? Because our pond is frozen over. What you didn’t know we had a pond? Well we do. 1 ½ ponds actually…and an island.


Anyway, we like to take full advantage of all the extra walkable area and the access we have to the island in the winter. Since we live in the country we don’t have any sidewalks. This isn’t a big deal most of the year we just walk out dog in the ditch where she enjoys sniffing out critters. But in the winter the ditch is full of snow and the roads are sprinkled with salt that gets between her toes and cuts them up. So we walk her on the ponds instead. It might seem strange but she loves it because there are lots of places to smell that are normally inaccessible and because there is typically less snow on the ponds (she hates walking in deep snow). It’s a win – win!


I always love walking under this huge willow tree in the winter. Eventually we hope to clear a trail and put a bench under the willow branches on the land side.



Exploring the island. Something must have smelt interesting to warrant walking in the deep snow.

After some freakishly warm temperatures and freezing rain this past weekend the ponds were very slick and would have been perfect for ice skating. We’ve had a lot of people tell us that they used to ice skate on our ponds actually. They were popular winter hang out spots back in the 70’s. We don’t have any ice skates but we were out sliding around in our boots with Sophie. She was taking Flannel Man for a ride:


Also this year with his new snow plowing ATV Flannel Man cleared off part of the pond so we could play broom ball. Flannel Man had is two younger brothers come over to test it out and we had a brutal battle.

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In the end we had one broom that survived. Apparently they don’t make brooms like they used to!


4 Responses to “Walking on Water”

  1. 1 jen January 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Cute doggy! We have to walk our in the woods in winter, too. They love it!

    Broomball is awesome… maybe wood handled brooms next time!? 🙂

  2. 2 Sara @ Russet Street Reno January 5, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Wow, that looks like a lot of fun! They really don’t make brooms the way they used to – I once broke one taking it to the checkout – HUH? Cheapo.

  3. 3 Eva January 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I am so jealous over your ponds and island! My husband and I were excited about the stream in our backyard… but man, we’d be freaking thrilled about what you have!

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