The fruitless plum came back, but without as much leafy intensity as before, merely shooting waterspouts to the sky, but plenty of them. We also saw a need for the cordless Sawzall on limbs that had apparently died back, and went through three batteries as the wood was dry and nail-hard. The small limbs and shoots are bundled to take to our friend’s goats for a New Year’s present. The bigger heavy limbs too, for firewood – fruitwood burns with a nice intensity.
The Low-Stratus cloud has been pushing up into the low ridgelines, and the low sun is draped in occasional cloud and shoots of gray mist, veiled in a curtain of glare. This is supposed to be the “sunny day” of the week, but already the morning sun has been blanked by a curtain of gray cloud, with more rain and snow forecast down to 3,000-feet, coming in tonight.