let it snow!

It’s a bit cold in Albuquerque tonight.  It’s 9:00 PM and it is fourteen degrees (Fahrenheit) out there, not “in here”.  In here, at 1514 Silver, there is a nice fire burning in the wood burning stove, a dark enameled cast iron affair with “see through” glass doors.  The house is warm.  The fire ads a soft glow.  All is well, or seems well, in the world.

What is better than a cat by the fire?

What is better than a cat by the fire?

Anyway, it’s a nice opportunity to scroll through the archives, the photo archives, and post a few of the pictures taken over the years of this house in the snow.  Oh yes, it IS supposed to snow on New Year’s Eve here, and maybe on New Year’s Day too.  I think I hear Bing Crosby singing Auld Lang Syne out there, somewhere.  It’s a bit early perhaps, a day early, or a few hours early.  It’s better to be early than late.

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

Outside, in the front of the house is a round elevated planter made of brick.  It is like an outlier to the three similar planters that can be found in Oxnard Park, across the street.  The planter was planned this way, to visually, and symbolically, connect the park to the property.

The front planter in snow

The front planter in snow

Early or late, there is always a wood pile if one wants to burn wood.  This year the wood pile is under the very wide eves on the west side of the house.  As you can see from the picture, the wood stack has sometimes been closer to the door in the front.

The optional front wood pile

The optional front wood pile

In the spring, summer, and fall the practice has been to have a table and chairs in the outside front seating area.  If the wood pile isn’t there, the table and chairs “winter over.”

Table and chairs in the front sitting area

Table and chairs in the front sitting area

Much of the property is surrounded by walls, mostly brick walls.  The original walls were built circa 1938, the higher walls being on the sides of the house and in the back.  A low wall on the east side was replaced by a higher wall and a gate, an arched gate, with a nice brick archway that is wonderful to walk through.  Here it is opened (to the snow), so that the snow can get in, maybe.

The North Gate on the east side

The North Gate on the east side

In the front of the house is a sitting area covered with wisteria on a trellis above.  Maybe it is more the ramada.  Anyway, the front of this area has a rounded, pillared, porch portico.  It’s like the prow of a ship in some ways, perhaps a ship in the desert, but there are too many trees around and too much grass to look like a desert.  In this picture all you can see is the snow.

The wisteria porch in winter

The wisteria porch in winter