Twenty Two pheasants stretched out across the field. Digging in the snow for dropped soya beans.
You might have to click on the image and zoom in a bit. They are there. They are really just little dots but I wanted you to see them all spread out across the huge field.
I have seen more pheasants in the field this year than ever before – searching for leavings.
When I awoke yesterday morning the temperature was MINUS EIGHTEEN. With sun. This morning is much better we are at minus six.
How funny, how fast it is, that minus six sounds better. But it is better.
The major casualty had been this insulated drinking trough across the way. It has a heater in there but something has failed. By yesterday morning it was totally iced up- a block of ice. No water for the cows and hogs across the way.
So now I am carrying water for them as well. Plus the cows, pigs, chickens etc on the home side as the outside faucet does not run in this kind of cold.
Someone asked my yesterday how much water that was now. Well, I fill 50 gallon buckets ( two thirds of the way up otherwise I cannot life as many in a row) in batches of Six. I fill them from the kitchen sink – nothing is running outside. I run two batches of six here then two batches across the way – three times a day.
Usually it is only this side.
Monday is above freezing so on Monday I hope to be able to fill everything up with the hoses.
Then we drop down to the real cold.
Of course it would be the week that Our John is in California helping out his brother.
Otherwise things are pretty good out here in the cold – so far. I am ready for it and have systems prepared for any eventuality that I have encountered previously. Loading up the truck with buckets of warm water then carrying them through the snow is a bit of a bore.
I have put the full weather forecast in today so you can see that we only get the very bad cold for about 48 hours. As usual the radio ( I have no television so I don’t know what they are saying) has gone into overdrive hype. But so far I see no weather that is as bad as 2014 here.
It will be worse further north I think.
I hope you have sun today.
Sun makes everything better in these grey regions.