PORCH SENSES: Episode 17

On my porch with a coffee… the light snow has started again overnight. The graceful decent of the fluffy flakes in the streetlamps is mesmerizing. All gathering on the ground in some cosmic order. Like puzzle pieces fitting together to make a winter scene. It doesn’t make a sound during it’s fall or even when it lands. At least, it is not quiet enough where I live to hear such a passive sound. You are usually well aware when it is raining but now snow. This is why we wake up in the morning to look outside and find 4 inches of snow on the ground wondering When did THIS happen? It is all very beautiful but at the back of your mind, most of us have to clear a few thousand puzzle pieces off of our cars before driving off to work. Hopefully the puzzle is not a slippery one.


The freezing rain has begun. I can hear my flag crack everytime the wind pushes it…St Andrew is frozen. A neighbour has left her car running for 10 minutes to thaw. She left the radio on tuned loudly to talk radio. The words are not understandable, very muffled. The birds are singing but I cannot see them. They must be in the evergreens… and not a fan of talk radio I presume. There was a sudden drop in temperature then back again. Now I see the icicles have formed on the branches.


More birds today and the sounds of them spreading their joy. Perhaps I would not know of the unhappy birds at all because they hide in silence. Is it out of fear? Social anxiety? Are birds put under pressures from the group to act a certain way?

There is a large metal steeple seen just above our house roofs. A 6 sided silver steeple that comes to a point at the top, capped with a circle t. An obvious power back in it’s day as money was put into large buildings to show strength…or at least people who HAD money wanted to show power. It is a silent figure today. Maybe they have insight into the social construct of birds, …doubtful. A crow uses the circle t as a resting point, caws to show its’ power and flies away. Now that we have lost a few of the ancient trees here, the steeple is one of the highest points here now.