No-one minded. There was just enough ice in the trees to fill the air with the noise of … cracking and sliding and slipping as the ice melted slightly and released its grip on the trees to come crashing down on unsuspecting heads below, who should know better. All the little pieces of fallen ice have reassembled as a bobbly solid frozen floor on the ground making night time lamb feeds interesting.
The Daily View reflects the bleakness of the last few days, in fact this winter is officially the most dreary winter on record. We shall call it The Winter of Extreme Dreariness.
Sorry, snow plough, no work for you this year. You may blame the Winter of Extreme Dreariness.
Plenty of excellent work for us though. It is not dreary in the barn. It is alive and mobile and busy. Mama is busy too. Daisy is giving her usual 3 gallons of tasty healthy raw milk a day, shared between the calf, the pig, the two lambs and the house. I am still feeding the calf milk because we are getting so low on hay and this way I know for sure he is still getting his protein. The bigger animals are pushy and certainly getting their share and I hate to pen him up all by himself and Queenie and Hairy have no interest in stealing his milk.
Yesterday I made my second loaf of kefir bread. It is an excellent starter, the bread is easy to make, much more forgiving than sourdough. Once I am sure I have the recipe right I shall share it with you. I wish I could share the kefir grains too but most of you are so far away.
It is 27F (only -2) that is not too bad. Cloudy though. No sun again today. It’s Dreary darlings. But thats OK. We cleaned out the barn yesterday so today I can focus on writing.
I can hear Triple T (The Tall Teenager)and his friends murmuring in deep boys voices upstairs, soon they will go out running. (I told them they will need rugby boots to get some purchase on the ice). Then they will bring their young mens laughter back into the house and eat piles of toast and eggs before disappearing back into the loft to work on teenage things. Time I got out to do the chores.
Have a lovely day. I really mean that.