I am just so grateful that this drift down into deep freeze is only for a couple of days. Some people choose to live in temperatures like this. Not me though. I am not set up for it.
I have heard terrible stories of ducks being frozen into ponds lately so for the next few days the ducks have been shifted into the old milking room.
We went up above freezing yesterday and a lot of the ice melted which the ducks loved – but when the wind swung to the north the water began to freeze so fast – literally over the course of an hour – so I moved the dumb ducks back into the barn.
The wind coming from the North was strong and very cold – and I kept finding random ducks back outside freezing cold so I threw down some straw deeper in the barn and I herded the lot into the milking room and shut the door on them.
They settled right down very quickly which surprised me. Anyway they can stay there until the bad cold has passed. By Friday the cold has passed – by Monday they are forecasting 48f.
We are on a roller coaster. One week in the deep freeze the next week almost 50 degrees. Bonkers.
It is unsettling to say the least.
The climate is changing we know this and I have always said we need to accept it and deal with it. Change our lifestyles so we don’t make it worse and create new ways to live in this new volatile weather- scape and get on with it, but I am struggling to find a rhythm to my farming this winter.
Sheila and Poppy. Topping and Tailing. That is Poppy’s face we see.
The hose running across the snow was so incongruous I took a picture for you. All the troughs are full now and the hoses are emptied and coiled up in the basement. These warm days may be unsettling but I use them fully to get caught up.
I know many are plodding through much worse weather than me – good luck to you! Hunker down, we have a few more months of this to go yet.
Oh and someone asked me the other day where did I get my weather from – I triangulate the weather just like I triangulate the news, ( you should never trust only one source nowadays when news and weather have become entertainment) so I do read multiple forecasts but this screen shot is from wunderground – I like their graphics.