January 23, 2013 Farm News

Hello:  This certainly has been a cold week, these past few nights being the coldest yet. Our heating systems both in the house and in the yurt cannot keep up with the combination of wind and cold, we can’t burn enough wood fast enough. It really is unfortunate that we were not able to get the winter wood supply cut, split and stacked in the wood shed early on in last summer so that it was all ready for us, good and dry. It burns so much better when it is completely dry. But we just keep feeding the fires and we are doing alright. The very strong wind a few nights ago kept us awake at times and really made a lot of noise but other than a window blown in on the greenhouse and a few pieces of plastic loosened on the woodshed, no damage was done. But spring is coming, four to six or maybe eight or five or … it is coming some weeks from now but not too long.

We feed hay for the Horses, Cows, Sheep and Goat outside in a sunny spot out of the wind if that is possible. The Dog and Cats eat at the house and the Goose and Chickens eat either on the ground in a sheltered spot or in their house. All the animals are coping well with the cold and wind. They seek out sunny wind-sheltered  spots and eat a good bit more than  when the weather is warmer. We worked the horses on the wagon only four times since the beginning of December, each time for bringing in wood. The last time was last week. They have had a rather easy time of it so far this winter.

Often times, usually when it is a sunny morning the Dog will curl up and sleep on the Horses hay, which is alright to a point. She will snap at the horses when they come and eat too close to her. Not too good really so we try to discourage her from lying on the horses hay. The Cows would chase her off if the Dog tried the same trick with them. In the photos the Dog is the little black lump on the hay in the foreground. These photos were taken on tuesday.

Horses at breakfast with cows in the distance and a dog sleeping in the breakfast hay.

Horses at breakfast with cows in the distance and a dog sleeping in the breakfast hay.

Three of the eight cattle munching on breakfast.

Three of the eight cattle munching on breakfast.

Same horses, same breakfast. Have you spotted the dog yet?Look between the horses noses at the edge of the hay nearest the camera - she is curled up partially covered by hay.

Same horses, same breakfast. Have you spotted the dog yet? Look between the horses noses at the edge of the hay nearest the camera – she is curled up partially covered by hay.

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