Here it is, the last day of 2018. I thought a photo essay of our day might be in order.
It started with a subtle but pretty sunrise.
The weather was mostly clear and chilly, about 19F. Early morning shadows of the pines stretched a quarter-mile across the fields.
The day's chores included burning some trash in the burn barrel...
...and taking down the Christmas tree and decorations.
In the afternoon we took Mr. Darcy on his walk. Here he is posing with his latest favorite toy, a tire cut-out.
The partial cloudiness hinted at the possibility of a pretty sunset.
Not that Darcy was impressed. He just wanted to run.
And play with his tire cut-out.
The groundwater seeping across the pasture was iced over in most places...
...which was actually very artistic.
The lower part of our pasture has a shallow, icy flood.
The last sunset of the year broke through the clouds...
...and illuminated a corner of our house.
It also put some trees in shadow, and some in sunshine.
As hinted, the sunset was very pretty. The "column" effect is something we rarely see, and it always impresses us.
Tonight, as with every New Year's Eve, I'll be in bed by 9 pm. And as with every New Year's Eve, I'll be awakened at midnight by a happy neighbor shooting off his gun in celebration.
Happy New Year, everyone! May your upcoming year be blessed.