The wind is blowing hard and is a Nor/West. In this hemisphere – the Northerly one is the cold one. It was a Sou-west when I went to bed and it turned in the night and I know I left the big north door open a bit for the calves to come in and forgot to close it last night on my rounds.
Which means an icy wind is blowing straight through the barn. The piglets do have their pig house to hide in but I always fret about wind and babies. How old are those piglets now anyway? I need to go back and have a look. October 16. Goodness they are already a month old. How did that happen.
As it is blowing a gale and at freezing point I will be working inside the barn today cleaning windows and patching up holes, sweeping floors and cleaning cobwebs out of the milking room, even the barn needs housekeeping and with winter on the way we need as much light and sun in there as possible and no drafts. Drafts are bad. An open door is better than a thin bitter knifey draft.
I love light. I cannot bear to be shut in. I hate curtains. I hate closed doors. So I am cleaning windows out there too.
I am miserable in the winter when the windows have to be closed. So I imagine my fellow four legged animals are the same.
Tima and Tane are still working on their bedroom. I have put a thick layer of newspaper and old National Geographics on their floor, then a thick layer of flakes of unbroken straw, then a very large double layer of cardboard making a kind of sandwich, then an even deeper layer of fluffed up straw. This has given Tane and Tima a soft bed lifted right off the concrete floor. As the winter progresses the straw will get deeper and deeper.
I had better get going early so I can wrestle that north door shut. I hate the thought of freezing cold blowing into the barn. Animals use a lot of energy to keep warm. The wind is at about 40 miles an hour (around 70k). And will blow all day I think.
Winter is coming for real today. I must be off.
We can chat later in the comments.
Have a lovely day.