Sunday, December 18, 2016

Snowy Sunday

 Hello dear friends and thank you for visiting our blog even when I have not been posting anything new!  I am surprised and delighted to have so many visitors from Europe.  

We have had quite a bit of snow this week and I suspect more snow so far than we had all last winter-and technically winter has not yet started!  Although it was cold today for the most part it was clear so I borrowed my husband's snowshoes for a little walkabout.

 Yes those really are frozen chrysanthemums in our new garden urns!  There is a flagstone terrance under than snow. 

Oh dear it would seem that the lawn furniture is still on the dining terrace.

I hope that we received some points for at least managing to get the cushions inside!  

This year I used the skates to decorate the gate going to the barn.  As we are not hosting any Christmas activities at the farm this year I havent spent much time decorating.

 The sheep are comfy in the barn.  It has been bitterly cold so they are confined inside so that we can keep the temperatures above freezing. 

We have had windchill values around -15 or colder and since we usually start lambing in December we dont want to take a chance that any newborns will become hypothermic.  And we dont want the water troughs to freeze.

I love this cedar hedge.  The chickens are comfortable in their insulated chicken coop-no foraging for fresh grass and bugs at this time of year.

A view from the barn looking towards the house.  A farm tractor comes in very handy for clearing snow!

Humble decorations for our gate at the road!

Looking back towards the barn and the freshly cleared lane.

From the end of the driveway looking towards the house.  The stone part is original and the addition was just done about 18 months ago.

A little stroll down the road shows the damage to this Austrian Pine from the ice storm last year.  The boughs are bending under the weight of the snow.

A view of the front of the house from the road.

My little garden shed in the distance.

Another view.  And now back to getting prepared for another work week.  I am happy to be able to take some time off between Christmas and New Years and hope to have more photos to share with you.

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