January 30, 2013 Farm News

The horses at breakfast and they really appreciate warm sun.

The horses at breakfast and they really appreciate warm sun.

Morning frost on the winter bare tree branches shows beautiful in the January morning sun.

Morning frost on the winter bare tree branches shows beautiful in the January morning sun.

Just to the right of the previous photo, same time.The horses are out of view in the foreground.

Just to the right of the previous photo, same time.The horses are out of view in the foreground.

Marie horse a little earlier than the first photo with the two horses at a closer pile of breakfast hay, same day.

Marie horse a little earlier than the first photo with the two horses at a closer pile of breakfast hay, same day.

What a week in the weather this has been; wintery snow and cold followed by the big warm up and the promise of return to the winter by to-morrow. Today’s warmth made for extensive mud and ensured that our cars were going nowhere. From horses to kitties all of the animals were happier with today than they were with three days ago. There was so much water around that I didn’t have to even top up the horses water tub and the cows aren’t consuming too much these days either. The horses seem to be drinking about 15 to 20 litres an average these days, more when it is warm and dry and less, much less, when it is cold or when it is wet.

We have done some repairs this week to our greenhouse and to the woodshed mostly because the rain and the wind did damage and revealed more areas in need of repair. So now we should have less rain and snow coming in and Eddy the rooster will be more comfortable in his evening quarters, the woodshed.

It sure takes a long time for me to wade through seed catalogues as there is so much in them that I wish we could grow. A lot of what I see in cataloques is so interesting but often only able to grow dependably well in say zone 8 or above and we are in zone 6 or 6b I think it is. USDA and Environment Canada do their climatic zone maps differently and that always confuses me somewhat and I really should go to the touble to figure out the difference so that I know  precisely or  nearly so , just what USDA  zone and Environment Can. zone we are in. The variety of really interesting things becomes truly immense once we start including things rated for zone 10 and above, palms say and semi tropical stuff. But even without the real exotic stuff we will have to pick and choose very carefully what we can grow as we only have so much room and time to look after things. There is so much availabl to grow. We look for some uniqueness, much utility, a good deal of popularity with always lots of nutrition and usefulness. Much strength in some factors can out weigh weakness in others.

These  photos were taken this week. I tend to be repetitious from week to week. Horses and kitties are likely to appear quite often.

Cuddly Kitties taking in a warm January sun

Cuddly Kitties taking in a warm January sun

Eddy the rooster also enjoying the warm January sun

Eddy the rooster also enjoying the warm January sun

The goose doing his thing,warm January sun does not mean nearly so much to this guy as it does to chicken and kitten.

The goose doing his thing,warm January sun does not mean nearly so much to this guy as it does to chicken and kitten.

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