Did I tell you that our insurance company has taken the barn off their list and will not insure it anymore? Is it insure or ensure? I must look that up.
They did not inspect it or anything – I saw nobody – it was just suddenly not on the list. Unless we put a new roof and siding on it. And the moment we do that our tax rates skyrocket. If you improve your property in this area your property taxes go up and they are already very expensive.
So looking after your old barns is not encouraged and is actually financially penalised.
We cannot afford new rooves and siding anyway. I would have to sell hundreds of pigs and cows to come up with that kind of money then more every year to pay the tax hike. So it sits now, uninsured. Filled with animals. Maintained as best as I can.
Every animal has an outside door, I don’t believe in keeping them caged inside – it is not healthy. Cold but healthy. Plus in the event of fire they have a better chance of escaping.
Funnily enough there is only one leak in the roof and it is a large area of roof.
No need for dangerous heat lamps in here this year – everyone is looking fat and ready for the cold. Wai is definitely carrying a fair amount of winter weight and has found a way to almost close his fish pond door. Even Tane is in good shape.
The kune kune are the only pigs here who do not spend part of the day making their beds. I have to pile the straw up for them. The day time temperatures are still rising above freezing and everyone can get out of the wind if they choose to. So for the next ten days, at least, it is looking favourable for the animals. I leave to begin my travels in four sleeps so I am happy for these temperatures. I hate leaving hardshiip behind for other people to manage.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: The wind will make this an uncomfortable day. We are having a lot of wind lately.
Wednesday 12/13 30% / < 1 in
Cloudy and windy. A few snow showers this afternoon. High 41F/5C. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 30%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Wednesday Night 12/13 20% / 0 in
Cloudy and windy this evening, becoming partly cloudy after midnight. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 19F/-7. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph.
7:09 am 4:25 pm
Waning Crescent, 20% visible 2:33 am 2:04 pm