One reason we wanted to get a place on the North Fork was because the winter weather is tempered by the Peconic Bay and Atlantic Ocean to the south and the Long Island Sound to the north, one mile and two miles respectively in Cutchogue. This is supposed to translate into moderate winters and a lengthy growing season similar to that of Nashville Tennessee and Bordeaux, France. This climate along with a nearly identical Bordeaux sandy soil make-up is why wine grapes are grown so successfully here. This year, however has turned the notion of a quick mild winter into a record busting snowfall the last day of fall and two more snow days since then, one three days ago and another today, a few inches already with no end in sight!
Yesterday we took a walk on the Blue Trail in Inlet Pond Preserve and enjoyed the intermittent sun as we trudged through the woodsy areas, then on out to the Sound with it's beaches strewn with drift trees, on up the bluff to a Sound overlook covered with bittersweet... a lovely afternoon.