This week’s blog will be short. We managed to take advantage of the mild weather last Monday and Tuesday getting much garden work done and also a good lot of firewood in.
Aerron used the horses on the single row cultivator on Tuesday afternoon preparing beds for planting into on the south end of the garden. If we get a chance we will put compost on the beds during the winter and spread a covering of straw mulch. Aerron unhooked the horses from the cultivator and re-hitched to the wagon just as it was getting dark and it had by that time been snowing for more than an hour. He started the horses with the wagon to the barn only to encounter the shut gate which he’d forgotten about. He figured that he’d keep the line on the ground at the side of the wagon so as they’d be handy if the horses should start forward when he opened the gate. They did start forward of course and Aerron was able to grab the lines with no difficulty and he hauled back on the lines to stop the horses so he could get back on the wagon. We have however been snapping the lines into the big ring on the bits and not on the levers and there are no curb chains. So hauling back as hard as one can causes little discomfort to the horses. They’ll stop if they please and at this time it was not in their pleasure to stop. But even at that had Aerron been able to just keep tugging firmly on the lines he could have stopped them but the ground was slippery and he was just sliding along on his heels and eventually flat out. He very soon let go of the lines and the wagon, empty and therefore quite light, went over his legs with the back wheel and the horses continued on under their own control, wagon in tow, to the barn and the hitch and harness up spot more or less in line with the lane coming down from the gate where this had all started. So horses and wagon were perfectly fine and Aerron got away with just a very sore leg and a nasty little cut that has pretty much now healed ok. The number one rule for that situation; do not park your team so as the face the barn; was ignored for the sake of expediency but could be said to have been justified as they got down to barn quicker than otherwise.
Since Tuesday the weather has been quite cold and probably about what we should be expecting for this time of the year. This has made, for the first time this fall, permanently frozen water hoses to the chicken houses and necessitated carrying buckets of water a fair distance. But we are getting used to that now so all is well. The animals fair well. The horses outside are not on slippery ground with the heavy snow on Sunday so they’ll be fine. The chickens have pretty much stayed inside for the last three days and for the one flock the door was not even opened as the wind was too strong and would have cooled the house down too much with the door opened. Water in the chicken houses is not freezing yet.
SPRING IS COMING. We just have to get winter out of the way.