As I write this we are expecting 18-24 inches of snow in the Boston area beginning tomorrow (2/8/2013) through Saturday. They are warning of blizzard conditions and  comparing this storm to the Blizzard of '78 of which we celebrate it's 35 anniversary today! I'll post this now in case there is no power tomorrow. lol. Wish us well!

The Sepia Saturday prompt this week shows a lot of snow in need of some shoveling  It reminded me of this I originally posted December 11, 2010.

Snowbound Whitter Home, Haverhill
At the beginning of last summer I featured John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, "The Barefoot Boy." With winter rapidly approaching it's time to feature his "bookend" poem entitled "Snowbound." Whittier grew up on a farm in Haverhill, Massachusetts. His poem evokes a vivid picture of what life was like in the early 19th century rural America. The raging snowstorm outside seems to suggest a looming death which is negated by the family's nostalgia. Below I have excerpted a portion of "Snowbound." The poem can be found in it's entirety here.

I have my own snowbound memories. Only 15 miles from Whittier's home these photos show my childhood home. I can vividly remember trudging through this snow that was up to my waist. Of course I was a little one at the time, perhaps 5 or 6 years old. I never noticed this until now; those footsteps in the snow lead to who I believe are myself and my father at the front door. The left photo is me on top of a huge snow pile, that same day, at my grandparents house.
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Snowbound boys home Salisbury, MA
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Wendy said…
As I watched the weather report tonight, I thought about you and other blogging friends in the northeast. Hunker down, and stay safe!
Alan Burnett said…
Of course I anticipated the weather coinciding with this Sepia Saturday, even when I chose the picture three weeks ago. This is the start of my new career as a weather forecaster.
DougVernX said…
The hunkering has begun, Thank you Wendy!
DougVernX said…
Now that would be a laugh to see you in front of a green screen Alan. You did a good job with this forecast. :)
Lovely's Blot said…
Lovely photos.. reminds me of the winter I spent in Nova Scotia. Take care in the blizzard.
Unknown said…
I've reached that time when snow is not to be trudged through, or shovelled, or made into snowmen, just looked at through the window.

I looked up John Greenleaf Whittier on wikapedia - quite an achiever for a sickly kid.
Peter said…
The blizzard warning for the NE US was broadcasted even here. Wishing you luck and no power stoppages! May there be no white drifts piling up your window-frame...
Bob Scotney said…
Hope you are not getting too much snow. My threatening to shovel it seems to have scared it off here, but it's forecast again for Sunday but nothing like you are being warned about. Thanks for including that poem.
Great photos and a perfect poem selection. Stay safe and warm. We've got a little welcome rain falling on our avocado orchard today so we're inside too.
Postcardy said…
It sounds like a lot of people in the Eastern U. S. are going to be snowbound this weekend.
Kathy said…
Glad you included the poem. A wonderful word picture. Hope the power stays on!
Unknown said…
I'm a bit north of you, Doug...and we're marooned today; I've got snowplow drifts four feet high at the end of the driveway -- wow! Haven't seen anything like this since the '78 storm, either...and during that one we had to tie a rope from the house to the barn so the kids wouldn't get swallowed up inbetween the two! Stay safe!
Loved this post ... what a sweet little boy you were. The poem was wonderful too. Hope that you are safe and warm today during this storm.

Kathy M.
Little Nell said…
Lovely pictures, you look like the king of the castle!
21 Wits said…
I sure hope all is well in your world- I know the snow is hitting hard! Darn old winter anyway- it should just be as calm as your winter scenes here!
DougVernX said…
Thanks so much everyone for all your nice comments. Officially we received 27.5 inches in this area. Others in the New England area received nearly 3 feet! Lots to shovel!
Seems like we all survived this latest episode.
Will it be the last of this Winter? Great post!!

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