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Sad Outcome

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After two days in a row of above-freezing temperatures, the trees have finally shed a majority of the giant globs of snow that were caught in their branches. Unfortunately, it has revealed some of the damage caused by the heavy loads of snow.

That is some ugly pruning. Those aren’t the branches I would have chosen to remove.

As sad as it is to find damage like this, it brings a feeling of admiration for the large number of other trees that survived the hazardous weather unscathed. I haven’t trekked through the woods to do a full assessment yet, but of the trees along the driveway, the one pictured above looked the worst and I noticed only one other tree sporting a single broken branch.

Meanwhile, I tested the camera down at the barn for picking up the WiFi signal from our house and got a not-so-sad result. It wasn’t a complete success but I learned the cameral worked outside the front door of the barn but not inside or under the overhang on the backside of the barn.

If we decide to follow through on the idea of adding a camera that will cover the paddocks, it will likely require the addition of a signal booster or repeater of some sort. Having a camera at the barn is not something we urgently need so the level of a priority compared to a few other projects will probably move this down on our list of things to do.

It’s nice to learn how far the functional WiFi signal from the house can reach, at least. Think about all the “How-To” videos I will be able to consult in the shop/garage during my impersonations of a person who works on power equipment.

It sure is great finally having the fiber-optic cable bringing us the connectivity we’ve been longing for over the past ten years.

It feels like we’ve joined the 21st century.



Written by johnwhays

December 30, 2022 at 7:00 am

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  1. Know how you feel about the ‘unintentional’ pruning – nature can make terribly harsh cuts.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    December 30, 2022 at 10:25 am

  2. Re:fiber-optic cable: I don’t have that here yet, but, of course, Victoria has it in the city. I wonder how on earth you managed to get it in your remote part of the country.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    December 30, 2022 at 10:22 am

    • It wasn’t anything of our singular doing. It has taken years of community and political effort, but I would say the driving force for much of the rural counties was education requiring more online access and farming using more technology. It was our electrical coop that pursued federal funding support to provide what is now deemed an essential service like electricity was when it first started reaching rural communities.


      December 30, 2022 at 11:06 am

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