When snow first falls it is pretty. Then when you are out in it it is pretty cold but soon it is just as used and worn out and unpretty as the rest of us. Though not without a certain formidable charm.
Yesterday we woke to three or four inches of snow – right now (as I write) it is 1F/-17C and windy. The wind is the killer.
Yesterday I showed you all the cracks in the barn doors. This is the result. (below) The snow has been blown straight through those cracks and into the barn. When I went to see Wai yesterday morning he had built an entire straw wall across his door to keep himself warm in there.
For some reason, Molly and Sheila have decided to live in the tin shed, since they were shifted due to Molly’s vandalism. I took another bale of straw out there for them. These two are remarkably healthy for all this awful weather. Lovely big healthy animals.
You can just see Sheila’s ears.
Boo watches as one of the lost flock churns through the snow to get to her feed. I intend to catch all of these getaway chickens today and return them to the chook-house. Their combs and feet are all damaged. Though they have chosen to sleep in the rat-house it is not a good choice, they need to be back in the shelter of the chook-house. There are enough chickens in the chook-house to change it’s temperature. Not so many cracks in the walls – only the damaged front door from Molly which I will cover in plastic today. Along with a few heat lamps when it is really cold the chickens are much better off in there. No eggs yet though. They are still on a rest. And it is so damned cold. Catching these lost chooks is easier said than done – I will give it a crack.
Lucky for us the gas man arrived only an hour after I called the office yesterday. He filled the tank – out of interest, for those of you who care about these things: 400 gallons of propane is a little over 800 US dollars at the moment. We have the fire going all the time and I keep our thermostat at 62F/16C. The thermostat is in the big room close to the fireplace, so if it is not too cold outside, the heater does not come on very often. The gas fires up the stove and the hot water. Which means that this gas should last us a while. But it is still a big expense in the middle of winter when our earnings are scarce.
There is relief in sight though – we rise above freezing by Thursday and for a good week after that the daytimes will not be as frigid. That will be a relief for many.
Have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Very Cold. Blowing. Ice and Snow on the ground. I wish this wind would drop.
Tuesday 01/16 10% / 0 in
Cloudy. High 22F/5C. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday Night 01/16 10% / 0 in
A few passing clouds, otherwise generally clear. Low 6F-14C. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
7:15 am 4:50 pm
Waning Crescent, 0% visible 6:48 am 4:43 pm