Hiding from the Chill

Not one furry, or feathered, animal, or bird, moved from the barn until late in the morning yesterday,

except maybe to run quickly outside to the loo but that would only be the piggies.

The rest are not as particular with their ablutions.

So after the milking (the milk production has levelled out at 15 pounds a time which is good) and their breakfast, they all lay back down in pockets of cold sunshine, to wait for the morning to warm up. At least the wind stopped howling.

The sheep apparently decided to stand out in the rain  because the tips of their fleeces were frozen solid. When I wriggled my fingers down  through the ice, and into the wool, it was astoundingly warm. Toasty even.  The frozen fiber acting like an insulator. Though as they moved about not a hair fell out of  place, it looked like they had gone overboard with the hairspray.

How can cold look so harmless and friendly. 

So lacking in drama. 

Once the low goes below 0 I have no idea which way is up with the mini/maxi thermometer, we will all just have to wait for The Father’s graph at the end of the month. All I know is that it was cold but not too cold. (I have to say that because I know it will get even colder.) We were below freezing for most of the day.

As to Nanowrimo: I achieved my Day 14 objective on day 13 and am over 40,000 words now.  I have had another AHA moment too, which is deeply satisfying. In fact it feels as though I have had a subconscious writer in there all the time, one who knew exactly where the story was going, who was lining up characters and their props preparing for the  finale.  And I have only just caught on to what was happening. So now the work begins its twisted descent towards the ending. 

Good morning.

Have a lovely day.


42 Comments on “Hiding from the Chill

  1. Yes, the pigs – perfect picture. Well done on 40,000 words. You’re a writing marvel, my inky-fingered friend.

  2. I am really enjoying your writing… almost living it with you… it is such an achievement when one reaches the goals we set ourselves, and somehow I’m enjoying yours as though they were mine… great to hear…

  3. You are becoming quite the writer/author C, judos on the great achievement.
    Lovely pics of the sleeping piggies and kittens. I can almost feel the chill in your air over here. We had loads of rain in the wee hours of this morning again which has cooled our temperatures down too.
    Have a lovely day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  4. I am seriously impressed at the Nano total. This snuggling animals are gorgeous, and very wise – they know where they are most comfortable. As for the sheep, they do so that sheep’s wool makes the best house insulation. Now I know why!
    Enjoy your day.

  5. Morning, Ceil. We had a nice rain here yesterday and are at 30F this morning. High today of 45F. So glad Daisy’s milk is back up. Stay warm.

  6. … and in Celi’s barn they all snuggled two by two. I really am envious of the double storey treehouse! follow the animals example and keep warm. Laura

    • I do only drink raw milk but i am also in charge of the health of my cow and the condition and care of the milk from the cow to the fridge. So personally i would rather you purchased raw milk from the farmer, then you know it is fresh, and you have been able to observe that farmers practices re: cleanliness and refrigeration etc. however that said these people will be working under some incredibly strict regulations due to the fear that has been instilled in the public about milk and eggs and other fresh foods. Can you see on the bottle where the milk comes from. If it is local can you go and visit them? maybe buy it directly? c

  7. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! We have hit 30 F the last two nights, but it has warmed up to 52 and 54 during the day. Thank goodness!!!!!!!!! We just harvested the last of the green tomatoes and made ‘Chow Chow’ which is green tomato relish and it is delicious. Can’t believe you are heading into the ending of the book! Soooo exciting!!!!!! xo

  8. Brrrr…

    When I am cold, fingers near numb..morning chores can be that way…I bury my hands in the llamas fiber; while pretending I am scratching a back or two….lol

  9. How can a post about pigs and sheep with frost tipped wool be so sublime. A post about milking Daisy, and kittens that knit them selves into a ball of fur be so utterly wonderful.. A post about writing so uniquely intriguing. It’s the magic of Celi!! Hugs Virginia

  10. Ah, yes, the subconscious writer, aka The Muses, who let me think it was my idea when something catches their interest, but when I get to the end of a blog post, I go “oh, so that’s what it’s about”… Your day sounded to me unbelievably cold but looked oh so beautiful 🙂

  11. Do you mind if I ask, are those scrolls in the barn from a gypsy caravan?
    Congratulations on progressing so well with NaNoWriMo! 🙂

  12. I don’t blame your farmy-mates for wishing to stay snug indoors. I didn’t do much outdoors myself and was surprised late last night to see snow on the ground. Nothing much but enough to warn of things to come. Good news on the NaNoWriMo front. You’re doing so well, it’s as if you’re sprinting through a marathon. Keep it up!

  13. I have never tried my hand at writing prose — well not since I was in the 7th grade and wrote really bad love stories. I know that my poetry often goes places I don’t expect — it takes on a life and path of its own. It sounds like prose does that too? I thought you had to plot everything out in detail before starting to right. Which would scare anybody off, especially me. Now you have me curious about the process. It sounds like it might be fun. Do you just create some character sketches and see where they go?

    • Morning Annette, before I started, I chose a location, a few of the characters, a date and the season, and a prop, then I put a couple of the characters in a car and drove off.. it IS fun, especially if you let it be fun and say YES to every idea that comes into your head that is remotely feasible, PLUS you have to allow yourself to let go of all your initial decisions too.. you should try it, if nothing else it is a marvellous challenge.. c

  14. There’s a very interesting thing going on here in BC. The sale of raw milk is restricted and so people have formed co-ops with the farmers who offer raw milk for sale (but cannot legally sell it), the people buy into the ownership of the cows instead of the milk, partially owning the cows. LOL This is how we do it! 🙂

  15. Some people have started a new farm along my route from home to Concord, and they recently added ~50 pigs. They are very cute. In the morning, I often find them sleeping in piles – all parallel to one another, but not necessarily facing the same direction.

  16. A belated visit to the farmy: why do I think ‘this too will pass’? That is after some more and worse of the same . . . the cold and the wind and all else that is natural . . . and I am somehow glad I am writing this at about 75 degrees C and windlesss . . . . ?

  17. Charlotte and Sheila look quite cozy snoozing in there. And the kitties snuggled for warmth. Those little purr motors can create some heat! Great job on NaNoWriMo! How exciting. Yes, sitting here with the furnace running, it’s hard to imagine it being so cold in your daily photo with sunshine.

  18. Those pigs look so cosy and secure! I can feel the chill as I read your post, and especially as I see the thermometer reading. How exciting to have that AHA moment with the writing! I love it when that happens and it often seems that nothing short of total immersion will create the right conditions. This is fantastic. You will be so ready for a good holiday in NZ!

  19. Yes, I find it amazing too that pigs are considered, well, pigs, yet they don’t soil their nest. Congrats. on 40,000 words. Just amazing! You go, girl!

  20. Yin Yang pigs and Yin Yang pussycats! Do you find the winding down of the story to be more difficult than the rest? I’m curious…and quite impressed with your 40,000!

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