natural fortifications.

We sure got a lot of snow this year, even for northern New England.

How much snow, you ask?

Well, let me show you a shot of the kids’ bedroom window, and the current amazing not-scenery outside.


On the other side of the house, the snow pile has reached the eaves, which are about ten feet up.  This is going to be an unholy mess when it all starts melting. If it all starts melting.


13 thoughts on “natural fortifications.

  1. Matthew Carberry says:

    At night, the ice-weasels come.

  2. Tam says:

    Mostly they come at night. Mostly…

  3. You should mention that the kids’ room is on the second floor.

  4. aczarnowski says:

    Now that is a good visual. Seeing the outside shots, even with my MN eye for snow, didn’t bring the scale. That shot brings the scale.

    And yes, melting is not going to be fun this year.

  5. Glamdring says:

    A gunsmith buddy of mine was telling me that snow actually makes a fair backstop once you get a good pile going.

    He said it also makes recovering bullets easier than some mediums.

  6. Al T. says:

    I’d be concerned about an escape route in case of fire.

  7. Jay G. says:


    Dunno if your basement gets water, but it might be something to keep in mind. If it hasn’t flooded, keep a sharp eye on it. If it has flooded, and you have something in place like a sump pump, consider a backup of sorts (we have a submersible pump at the ready should our sump fail, frex).

    I’m sure you’ve already thought of this, but figured I’d throw it out for the readers. Might as well replace an old sump pump or buy a backup *now* before everyone and their brother is looking for one…

    • Marko Kloos says:

      We’re on a granite slab, Jay. No basement to flood. There’s a little trench all around the house that’s filled with gravel, as a drainage ditch.

  8. Matthew Carberry says:

    Appendix B, page two – penetration of machine gun fire in snow and ice based fortifications

  9. og says:

    “There’s a little trench all around the house that’s filled with gravel, as a drainage ditch.”

    French drains are your friend. Glad you have the situation covered- though mudslides could be an issue.

    Hope the melt comes sooner than the snow blindness or cabin fever.

    • Tam says:

      There’s hardly enough mud to slide there.

      Given how shallow the topsoil is on their hillside, I’m amazed that the there aren’t trees going down like ninepins every time the wind gets north of 10 kts…

  10. Ruth says:

    Yah, good luck when it melts, here in central NY we’re already flooding.

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