February 13, 2014

 

The usual weekly spot showing the snow getting progressively deeper.

The usual weekly spot showing the snow getting progressively deeper.

Aerron and Devon bringing out Wimpy's morning grain ration.

Aerron and Devon bringing out Wimpy’s morning grain ration.

Weather:  Another lovely, sunny, but very cold morning as I write this on Wednesday.  Our thermometer recorded a record low at our farm, for this winter, of -24.7C overnight.  At seven in the morning it was reading 24.1C, but it warmed rapidly so that by 10:30 it had gotten up to a real ‘warm’ -14C.  Brantford

Both horses fed it's back we go with the empty buckets. Devon is quite interested in this work.

Both horses fed it’s back we go with the empty buckets. Devon is quite interested in this work.

weather is still predicting a high of  -4C for Wednesday, today, so that is encouraging and temperatures are predicted to go above freezing in a day or two.  We’ll see. 

Weather consequences:   Lately, with all the snow, and the winds to blow it around, we have spent a lot of time shoveling the driveway to keep it at least passable. 

The high thrown snow banks cast a long shadow around ten in the morning.

The high thrown snow banks cast a long shadow around ten in the morning.

For nearly it’s entire length, the driveway is only just wide enough for a car, but that ‘s O.K.   The bigger issue is the cold.  The water supply at the barn has finally frozen, we had been very lucky, given all the stories we had been hearing of other people with frozen pipes, that we had experienced no real problems. The goose water bucket would freeze often

More high thrown snow banks, thrown leeward side to keep fill in down somewhat. Driveway is now nice and smooth anyway.

More high thrown snow banks, thrown leeward side to keep fill in down somewhat. Driveway is now nice and smooth anyway.

but that was easily fixed.  Same with the horses water and that was a bit more of a nuisance but still workable.  The problem at the barn is much more serious and a lot of time and effort has so far been spent with out getting the pipe thawed.  We damaged the pipe at the floor level and had to do a repair, a plastic coupling and along overdue new faucet fixed that quickly.  It is quite possible that the

Looking across the valley.  The morning hoar frost still shows on the trees not yet baked off by the sun.

Looking across the valley. The morning hoar frost still shows on the trees not yet baked off by the sun.

freeze up is down deep and this will require a lot of tedious and hand numbing digging, pouring on of hot water and sponging away of cooled water in order to get water flowing in the pipe once more.  Entirely possible that we won’t be able to get it thawed out until the weather warms significantly.  We’ll see.  In the meantime we will have to carry three buckets each

Looking down the valley and out across the distant horizon that is far on the other side of the river.

Looking down the valley and out across the distant horizon that is far on the other side of the river.

day to the barn for the sheep and the donkey and will have to have a hose rolled out from our house to fill the large stock water trough which we will put at the top of the cow area as close to our house as we can. Cows can drink plenty of water and they will I’m sure think it hysterical that we have to do so much work to keep them in drink.  We will still have to bucket water for a short

Looking out over deep snow to the western tree line.

Looking out over deep snow to the western tree line.

distance as the hose won’t quite make it all the way.  Every time after watering the hose will have to be lifted along it’s length to drain, rolled up and carried into the house.

Birds:  I went out to take photos for this blog and as it was such a nice sunny day thought that I might be able to see birds and get some pictures. So I spent some time looking, waiting,

A Starling looking quite fluffed but probably nicely sun warmed.

A Starling looking quite fluffed but probably nicely sun warmed.

watching.   There were none to be seen at first, then off to the front and hard to see for the trees were crows calling to each other and to other crows at some distance.  Juncos and Sparrows were flitting around here and there but were too hidden in trees or flew away before I could get the camera aimed.  No sign of the Mockingbird though

My friend a little closer.  he seemed just a little wary of me, keeping a good eye out but otherwise unmoving.

My friend a little closer. he seemed just a little wary of me, keeping a good eye out but otherwise unmoving.

I saw him yesterday in the woodshed again and unusually no Geese flew over at all Wednesday.  But this little Starling posed for me.  Looks as if he had a shower but I think that he has just fluffed up his feathers against the cold and in the spot he was at the sun was nice and warm.  Notice the buds on the tree branches, the tree is a Manitoba Maple.

 

The Yurt keeps nice and HOT when the sun shines and needs little or no fire.

The Yurt keeps nice and HOT when the sun shines and needs little or no fire.

Snow covered barn roof.

Snow covered barn roof.

Remember;   to look at our 2014 CSA brochure and to contact us as soon as possible to get your name on our CSA sharers list.  Look for it in the ‘Our CSA program’ page on this website. Telephone, e-mail or drop by.  Check first before dropping by to be sure someone will be around and that the lane is passable.

I am a bit late posting this blog.  I aim to have it posted by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday but sometimes get tied up and am late.  This evening with the extra effort helping Aerron at the barn I got far behind.

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One Response to February 13, 2014

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Robin and Aerron — what a winter! Sorry to hear about the frozen pipe at the barn — it does sound like hand-numbing work. I spent some time around my back-shed oil tank and oil-line last week trying to thaw what I thought was a frozen line (buckets of hot water; a hair-dryer; new oil-filter in the line…) only to find that everything seemed to be flowing well and that it was actually in the heater inside that we found the problem of a carbon-filled fuel nozzle — and then cleaned that up. I think when spring does come, I am likely to appreciate it deeply. Rob F.

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