Hard to believe I did not write one Blog in 2016. Must have been busy.
2017 has been pretty wild so far, with more snow and cold weather than we have seen in years. So suddenly I have more inside time than usual. I am amazed at how beautiful and how tough a winter can be and have to be extra careful to make sure my animals have plenty to eat and warm water to drink. They have to stay out in weather that is sometimes 20 below zero. Their resilience amazes me. While they each have a well bedded barn there is no extra heat. The sheep seem to fair better than the goats with their fleeces growing long and fluffy. The goats make sure they get the choicest bedding spots, and I imagine they also appreciate bedding down with a bunch of woolly sheep.
We have about 3 feet of snow this winter and have had below freezing temperatures since mid December so none of it has melted which is not normal for our area. Due to the depth of snow my husband has been busy shoveling off the roofs of sheds and barns before they collapse from the weight. Quite a few old buildings have lost the fight this winter., but so far ours still stand
Once all the outdoor chores are done we all come in to warm up in front of the fire. This old farm house has some cold spots, but the room with the wood stove is pretty popular these days.