January 29, 2014 Farm News

The garden on a sunny Wednesday January 28th afternoon.

The garden on a sunny Wednesday January 28th afternoon.

It has been cold the past while as you probably know.  The usual challenges with frozen hoses and bucket, but only when things are not drained properly or water is allowed to stand in the containers, outside, after everyone has had their drink.  And I did a bit of that this week.  The fix of course is to take hot water from the house and pour it over inverted buckets to get the lump of ice to drop out, and it usually works quite well and to stuff the frozen portion of a hose in a bucket and pour hot water over it until water runs free.  Sometimes too much of the hose is froze and the whole length has to be brought in to the house and left until thawed.

The Kale is looking a little bit worse for winter wear.

The Kale is looking a little bit worse for winter wear.

Never to mind.  Spring will be here shortly.  Or maybe not!

Mother Nell with Leucan turning his behind to me again.

Mother Nell with Leucan turning his behind to me again.

The horses are coping well with this weather.  The older team still looks older and the gelding is still not up to weight; but, he is slowly looking better, he is slowly gaining weight and once the weather warms his condition should improve dramatically.  Right now the both of the older horses get sprouted oats, alfalfa pellets, beep pulp pellets, vegetable trimmings and vegetable extract from juicing.  All this soaked in water and they get a large tub of this twice a day.  The new team and the colt are looking just fine in their shaggy long winter coats.

Leucan is looking quite spiffy in his shaggy winter coat.

Leucan is looking quite spiffy in his shaggy winter coat.

Marta, looking very good but not much like she will foal soon.

Marta, looking very good but not much like she will foal soon.

The dogs and cats cope well.  The livestock guardian dog, the Maremma, stays at the barn with the sheep and the cows.  There are two cats at the barn and four well fed fat cats at the house.  So long as the cats stick close to house or barn or to us, they’ll be alright.  We have lost several cats in mysterious circumstances which implies COYOTE !

Marmalade lolling about in the warmth of the January sun

Marmalade lolling about in the warmth of the January sun

Our Oldish Tom cat Whitey.  As you can see; he is all white except for some black in front of the tip of his tail.

Our Oldish Tom cat Whitey. As you can see; he is all white except for some black in front of the tip of his tail.

The Maremma looking very Maremma like.

The Maremma looking very Maremma like.

Does a Maremma look a bit like a white wolf.

Does a Maremma look a bit like a white wolf.

This Maremma is a good family dog that looks on strangers with a lot of suspicion.

This Maremma is a good family dog that looks on strangers with a lot of suspicion.

Chickens are a bit up and down on the lay.  They are probably affected by the cold.  They have several times been shut in all day as it was too windy or cold for them to go outside.  If the day is sunny and cold and not too much more windy than a stiff breeze, then I’ll leave their door open.  If they stay inside still then I’ll close up the door to keep the temperature in their house a bit higher.

Inside the hen house at feeding time.  They dive right in but the ducks pay no attention.

Inside the hen house at feeding time. They dive right in but the ducks pay no attention.

Quacker boxes really like to be outside when it is sunny and sorta calm. They stay out pretty much the whole day.

Quacker boxes really like to be outside when it is sunny and sorta calm. They stay out pretty much the whole day.

 

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2 Responses to January 29, 2014 Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Love the shots. Thanks for keeping up with the blog Robin.

    • devonacres says:

      Rob; Happy you loved them. Hardest part of doing the blog is trying to remember what happened over the previous 7 days and the second hardest part is finding the words which really means finding the time to just sit and stare at the screen whilst various thoughts swirl round. It’s tough but somebody has to do it.

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