Homesteading and Livestock

Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.

Add to My MSN

River Rages During Spring Melt

4/2/2014 4:40:00 PM

Tags: spring, flooding, New Hampshire, Bethann Weick

Change.  Sometimes subtle, sometimes bold; when it comes to the transition from winter to spring, certain signs are unmistakable.  There are the gradually warming temperatures, where thirty-five degrees feels like t-shirt weather.  There is the slushy snow, that leave us slip-sliding our way through the woods - one misstep off the packed trail and we’re in over our knees.  There is the earthy smell of bark and buds as the freeze gives way to thaw and trees regain the subtle but sure aroma of live wood.The river awakens

And then there is the sound of water.  There is the drip-drip-drip as snow melts off our low shed roof.  There is the plip-plip-plip as rainwater collects in buckets beside the cabin.  And best of all, the rush of water over ice as the river awakens.

It’s hard to catch the exact moment.  Try as we might, we never pin-point it to a precise beginning.  But at some point we recognize the flow of water, quiet but undeniable as it joins the rest of our senses.  With each step outside, a new sound defines our world.  It gains strength, force; like a breeze blowing closer, the river pushes it’s way towards the surface from deep underneath the ice.  What begins as the echo of a trickle, makes its way on top of the ice, flowing over, under, around.

And then it breaks free.  A rush becomes a roar; ice is thrown asunder, trees that dare to be in the river’s path are flung downstream, boulders are dislodged, banks disregarded and rearranged.  Now, there is no turning back.  The change that has been subtle in becoming, is sure in arriving.  With water reaching its full power, it cannot now be easily tamed nor frozen again, not until the calendar has turned toward the next winter.

And so spring is here, with freshness and with force.  Creation and destruction, power and beauty; the water is alive.  And so the denouement of winter tosses us right to the strength of spring.

The river begins to swell as snow and ice melt

Spring is here! Time to prune your fruit trees, berry bushes, and ornamental shrubs! Time to design your garden! Time to purchase new nursery stock! Contact Beth via for your garden and orchard needs.

Related Content

Two Years After Oklahoma Earthquake Officials Warn More to Come

The quake that struck near Prague, Oklahoma on November 5, 2011, was the biggest ever recorded in th...

Snowshoeing Home

Winter has it's challenges, but the snow-capped beauty and the adventure of living simply amongst it...

Protecting Fig Trees from Cold and Best Wood Chopping Tool

Protecting the fig tree for the winter felt like putting it to bed for a long sleep. Chopping wood w...

Oakley's Birth Story - Part 1

The birth story of Baby Oakley from my dear friend Suzann is an important one. Someimes things don't...

Content Tools

Post a comment below.



Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.