January 2, 2014

 

The weekly photo spot not a whole lot different looking from last week.

The weekly photo spot not a whole lot different looking from last week.

The woollies coming up to get some hay from the horses, pausing because they have spotted me standing trying to get a picture and are wary of what I might be up to.

The woollies coming up to get some hay from the horses, pausing because they have spotted me standing trying to get a picture and are wary of what I might be up to.

Happy New Year to everyone.   And with the passing of the solstice on the twenty wonth, winter is now all downhill ’til spring.  It seems that the opposite side of the Earth’s northern hemisphere, that is to say,

Having decided that I am not going to hassle them the sheep continue across to where the horses are eating their hay.

Having decided that I am not going to hassle them the sheep continue across to where the horses are eating their hay.

Europe, is having a non-winter winter.  My long time good friend in Bavaria, Germany reports that they had a dusting of snow in November and have had none since and that temperatures are mild with flower bud starting to

The sheep and the goat have now found the horses hay and are starting to chow down.

The sheep and the goat have now found the horses hay and are starting to chow down.

The thoughtful goat with Wimpy the gelding behind.  The goat is due to kid in another month or so.

The thoughtful goat with Wimpy the gelding behind. The goat is due to kid in another month or so.

open.  Sounds like the winter that we had two years ago when at the same time most of Europe was having extreme cold and lots of snow.  I think that it is something called the Arctic Oscillation, though I may be wrong.  The cold Arctic air mass sort of

sags to one side of the top of the Northern hemisphere or to the other but then in other years may be more or less evenly distributed across the top.  Maybe I should actually look this up on the internet. So the weather is a bit of a nuisance as we have to keep

Just another view of the same lot still munching away.  There was enough hay for the horses and the sheep so the sheep were not stealing anything from the horses.

Just another view of the same lot still munching away. There was enough hay for the horses and the sheep so the sheep were not stealing anything from the horses.

up with the firewood, keep watering troughs from being completely frozen over, and when it snows keeping lanes passable.  We also have to keep a closer watch on the animals as things can go wrong much quicker when it is cold.  There is much to do and we can now say that we are beginning to run out of

The goat was very suspicious and kept a wary eye on me.  She is quite tame to a point which is a point a couple of feet away from her goatiness.

The goat was very suspicious and kept a wary eye on me. She is quite tame to a point which is a point a couple of feet away from her goatiness.

Everybody just munching away quietly and pretty much ignoring me, even her goatiness.

Everybody just munching away quietly and pretty much ignoring me, even her goatiness.

The goats suspicion of my intentions got the best of her and she bounded away taking a couple of runs at an innocent sheep just because.

The goats suspicion of my intentions got the best of her and she bounded away taking a couple of runs at an innocent sheep just because.

The kale rows looking  more than a little drab and tired having suffered much from the alternating freeze and thaw and the drying winds.

The kale rows looking more than a little drab and tired having suffered much from the alternating freeze and thaw and the drying winds.

A single kale plant growing in the row shows the effect on the leaves of the winds and the temperature fluctuations.  The lowest leaves show the most damage as can be seen in the gray-brown leaf colour.

A single kale plant growing in the row shows the effect on the leaves of the winds and the temperature fluctuations. The lowest leaves show the most damage as can be seen in the gray-brown leaf colour. Those are bunny wabbit tracks to the right and the two little dark brown spheres are a gift from the rabbit.

Looking down the drive shows that we have not had a whole lot of snow. We have cleared snow once with the horses and New years eve Aerron cleared this short portion by hand with a shovel.

Looking down the drive shows that we have not had a whole lot of snow. We have cleared snow once with the horses and on New years eve Aerron cleared this short portion by hand with a shovel.

time as gardening is little more than about 2 months or less away.  We’ll begin some seeding into trays about then. That is all for this week but I do have some interesting photos all taken on New Years day.

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