What cold looks like

By the time I got in last night from feeding and bedding down all the creatures it was 16 degrees (-8C) . With wind. They were forecasting an overnight temperature of 7F (-13C)  but I have not checked to see what it went down to yet. And it is getting colder – much colder before it warms …

Flip Side

And so it started to snow. Just a little bit for a long time. And still it was not cold. Not really cold. Just snowing cold. But quite, quite different from the last few weeks of mild winter. Not one of the animals changed any of their behaviours.  Only the Miss C animal. I did …

Bleeding Warmth

Yesterday our warm spell began to bleed away.  The  warmth bled out of the landscape. There is a cold spell coming and it will last until I leave here.  We will be below freezing for a week.  Fair enough.  I am off to the Southern Hemisphere in a week where it is warm. I can deal with …

Sheila is a tall girl

Sheila is 72 inches long ( 6 foot, 182cm) and her girth is 68 inches ( 172cm). She is 34 inches high at the highest point of her back and when I measured her girth I could not reach all the way around her, I had to lean over her back and kind of throw …

Guess how much Sheila weighs!

A competition for us. Go on guess.  How much do you think Sheila weighs? I finally took my dressmakers tape out to the barn to measure her and then applied the equation and the result is pretty close to her actual weight they say.  So I have the answer in my mind. What you do is measure your pigs length from …

Nosy Cow

As I wrote Nosy Cow I wondered how often I had written Nosy Cow as a header.  But every where I turned yesterday with a fork full of cow manure, as I cleaned and remade the cows beds, there was Lady Astor, watching, standing right in the way, not moving an inch, being suspiciously sweet …

Tima! Come Home!

In the mornings when it is sunny (and not too muddy yet) I let the kunekune’s Tima and Tane out for a walk.  Tane goes straight out to the South field. Tima heads the other way – down the drive right to the end and picks through the field in the East. There was corn in …

The Nod

Geraldine the peahen does this  very sweet thing when I call to her. I call her name. She gives a little nod, a dip of her head, then lilts her eyes to the side and tipping her beak she looks to me out from under her lashes  as if she had lashes.  A tilt of her head …

The POG

Poggy, poggy, poggy. How has this happened – we have had such a poggy winter. Though I am not complaining – I have not been Bad Cold outside once this year. You remember that cold that brings such pain to our hands and feet that I grimace and grit my teeth as I work until the cold …

Feathers Unfurled

STOP! Go no further until you have guessed whose feathers are in the Header Shot. Yes. Well admittedly that was not hard. Mr Flowers is officially strutting his stuff. And here is something you seldom see in the mash of pretty peacock shots in the Social media. A peacock From Behind!  A proud peacocks bottom. …