winter lows and highs
As I trudge every morning up a track to medicate and feed the 2 horses and 3 pet lambs( now nearly 10 yrs old and I still call them to feed as pet lambs makes the tourists look twice!) I wonder if I am going to make it up the hill with the flask of hot water in my rucksack and my crutches slipping on the ice and thinking how fed up I am with the snow and ice which has been down since Christmas eve. Waiting at the gate are the 2 neddies Sandy tries to whinny but he can't he had an op 18 yrs ago to save his life and now he has no voice so he head tosses and squeaks. Morris gives me a gentle whicker and kicks the gate a few times as in his mind I am late as usual it is barely light.
I have made it the water trough is covered in 3 inches of ice and I get to the feed store to find the sugar beet I soaked yesterday frozen into a solid block on ice and nearly break my fingers on it, all the buckets are frozen and the water in the feed store is covered with ice. Eventually the feeds are made Sandy has nearly yanked the door off it's hingers waiting and I trudge out to put their buckets down. The view from the field to the village in the valley below is incredible and the snow I hated a couple of minutes ago looks great. The best is to come I love sliding the hay bale down from the stack and sliding it out in a dumpy bag the snow make this easier and breaking it open so the smells of summer surround me and for a brief second it feels like summer , the meadow hay is ready for the sheep and horses.Tomorrow we do it all over again and more snow is forecast if it is enough my hubby will get the snowblower out to clear a path up the track which will help us and those who live in the hamlet.
the other lovely thing is we have a barn owl using the barn we are starting to find owl pellets on the hay stack so are planning on making an owl box.