This iron fence demonstrated how sticky this snow has been. The horizontal bar on this fence is about 1 cm in width. We received about 3 more inches of snow this morning, but it was lighter flakes so didn’t stick to things but does add weight and depth (now 13″) to everything. Here’s our cat Chloe weathering the storm.
This cold weather (20 degrees this morning) is hard on the skinny old animals. One of our older ringneck pheasant hens died. Cody (our old skinny buck) on the first day of this nonsense became so weak he couldn’t walk. I had to load him into our hay cart and move him to the barn. Fortunately in a way since there is no way to use a cart now. Plus I moved the other bucks and their guard llamas closer to barn so feeding and watering them is a lot easier now. Here’s all three guard llamas together for the first time, waiting for Tom to feed them.
And here’s Cody. He initially perked up with some feed and supplements in the relative warmth of the barn but this morning was shivering and not interested in eating. So now he has a cashmere sweater (that no longer fits me). I figured he would prefer cashmere to sheep’s wool. Now he is not longer shivering and eating hay again.
This is Tom sweeping off the lower portions of the barn roof. Notice the peacock on the top of the pole over the pheasant pen. Not sure why he is choosing to hang out up there as opposed to in the barn.
So now we are done slogging through our animal and snow chores. It is hard work carrying feed and buckets of water through through this nasty white stuff. We are now tired and sore. Fortunately the snow has stopped for now, and the predicted windstorm has not affected us yet. So we will take it easy until the next storm hits. I will make mulled wine from our homemade wine supply. Tom brought home this used dutch oven the other day. I have already made a great batch of Provencal Beef Stew with it. Maybe another batch of stew is in order.