Snow December 2009

Over the past 4 days it has been snowing on and off in our region and for the past 3 days we have had a covering of snow on the ground.

This was the farmhouse and the lane to and from the village this morning.

The Farmhouse in the snow December 2009

The Farmhouse in the snow December 2009

Snow in the lane to the village December 2009

Snow in the lane to the village December 2009

Snow in the lane to the fields December 2009

Snow in the lane to the fields December 2009

So how has the snow affected the livestock on our farm? Well on Saturday the water trough to the cattle had frozen up, the locks on the poultry huts have been frozen, the lids to the poultry drinkers have frozen on.

We have had to put a couple of round bales infront of the gates into the fold yard to stop the wind and snow blowing into the fold yard. The poultry have not been out for 3 days as the guinea fowl do not like walking on snow and I don’t want to unecessarily get the ducks and hens feet chilled in the snow.

The poultry have had more straw in their huts . Egg laying has ceased in the quail hut so the temperature is really affecting the quail and infact they are huddling togther more so more straw has been placed in their hut.

How has the snow affected you and your livestock?

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Wood Burning Stoves

Open Fire

Open Fire

We have two open fires in our house. One in the dining room and one in the living room. We are currently thinking of changing the open fire for a wood burning stove in the living room as this is a North facing room with little insulation and is very cold. Although I love the open fire I can see the benefits of the wood burning stove.

If you have any thoughts about wood burning stoves, the pros and cons, your favourites then we would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment.


Wooden Reindeer Garden Ornament

This wooden reindeer garden ornament is one of my favourite possessions and it resides in our orchard all year long. The reindeer was made for me by my husband as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago and is the perfect gift. As villagers walk up and down the lane they will often admire my reindeer and Stephen now has orders for more reindeers.

Wooden Reindeer Garden Ornament Covered In Snow

Wooden Reindeer Garden Ornament Covered In Snow

Do you have any special garden ornaments?

Comment by maiylah – November 25, 2007 @ 12:24 am

  • I really like your reindeer. The simplicity and the skill of using the natural shape of the wood to create the essence of reindeer does it for me.Comment by paula – November 26, 2007 @ 7:56 am
  • I love your reindeer and have always wanted one like that. I have lots of garden ornaments, but alas, they are all packed away for the winter now.Comment by Crafty Gardener – November 26, 2007 @ 11:19 pm
  • Your reindeer is so sweet.
    What a lovely gift your husband gave you.
    I love it with snow on it.
    Enjoy.

    Comment by chigiy – November 27, 2007 @ 3:55 am

  • Hi Sara,
    Are thy cheap to keep or do they require special diets and is there poo are rare as rocking horse sh@t????

    Cheers Mark

    Comment by Mark – November 27, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

  • Hi Sara, Steve is very clever, to make pieces of log and twigs look like a reindeer is ingenious, I can imagine everyone wanting one, if I lived near you I would want one too. xComment by Louise – November 28, 2007 @ 12:16 pm
  • Hi Sara,
    Last Sunday I was unable to access your site, and this continued till yesterday. I have this trouble with several other sites. Wish I knew the problem! Anyway, I’ve always loved those reindeer logs. They are popular here at Christmastime, but sure look out of place. They really need a dusting of snow-just like yours!
    Aiyana

    Comment by Aiyana – November 29, 2007 @ 10:35 pm