Continuing Cold…

December 19, 2007

The weather has remained rather frosty every morning. I noticed three little lambs ears peeking through a drift of fallen leaves, 3 erect little soldiers in a row.
Our old goat gals must suffer some aches and pains with the cold, but they gamely move out in the morning, checking to see if I’ve thrown out any corn or put out any hay. One way or another, we’ll all survive this frigid-to-us weather.

Another Frosty Morning

December 17, 2007

For our part of the world, it was downright cold this morning. It was 27 degrees F (-3C), which doesn’t sound so cold if you’re in Maine or Canada perhaps, but it’s all relative, and for us…. brrrrrrr….

We had another hard frost, and the sheep were sporting icy wool this morning.

It’s easiest to see the frosty fleece on a dark colored sheep like Papaya.
I don’t like HOT weather, but I’m not too keen on this really COLD stuff either. The wind is wicked sharp out there today.

The rocks and fallen leaves were covered with ice crystals.Dare I say it? I wish this frigid weather would *leaf* us alone!

Changes…

December 3, 2007

I just came in from doing evening chores. What a difference a few days make!

Change #1: The weather. We had nice, moderate fall weather earlier, but today it’s COLD, necessitating a winter coat and warmer pants. Phooey. My chronic pain and fibromyalgia don’t like this cold weather.

Change #2: Give it up, the pastures are too brown. It’s time to start feeding hay. That means scattering flakes around so all the animals get a chance to eat their share.

Change #3: It’s getting harder to fill the water buckets. It’s too cold in the morning to use the hoses. They’re full of ice. However, a little solar heat, and by the middle of the afternoon the water is flowing through the hoses once again. That makes it easier to keep the heated water buckets topped off.

Having a lot fewer animals should make it cheaper to feed them this winter, but I’m not sure how much easier it’s going to be. I still have to go out every morning and evening, I still have to put out hay, I still have to carry a feed bucket in the evening, and I still have to worry about keeping water available.

And I’m sure going to miss lambs and kids come spring.

The Frost is on the Pumpkin

November 7, 2007

Okay, I lied. The frost is NOT on the pumpkin. However, we did finally get a hard frost last night, and as I was headed out the door to take pictures this morning, I was just sure I’d be able to use that title. Wouldn’t you know the few little pumpkins I bought were in sheltered locations and didn’t get frosted!?!

You can see it on the windshield of Youngest Son’s car:

You can see frost on the sheep’s wool and where they were sleeping:
The last of the roses got frosted:

And of course, the grass and fallen leaves are frosty:
The sun hitting the newly frosted leaves is causing a shower of leaves to fall this morning:

Right now the oak trees, like the one shown here at the end of our driveway, still have most of their leaves:But the leaves are falling faster and faster:

So I figure it won’t be long until all the trees look as naked as the walnuts do:
(… that picture is for you Robin! See, you’re not the only one with leafless trees!)

And last, though you can’t see the frost on the trees in this picture, I decided to include it because I like it, even if I do have it upside down here:
It may not LOOK upside down, but it’s not really a picture of the trees, but a picture of their REFLECTION in our pond.

So, even though the frost wasn’t on the pumpkin…
It was on most everything else this morning!

It’s really fall…

November 4, 2007

Today was a beautiful fall day with lots of sunshine and a vivid blue sky. It was just a tad chilly, with lots of wind. It was my kind of day!

The pine trees to the left are along the front edge of our yard, and the big tree at the right is a huge oak sitting at the corner of the yard by our driveway.

We don’t seem to get the right weather conditions to have a lot of leaf coloration in the fall. Most of the time the leaves just turn brown and fall off the tree, but we do have a few with some colored leaves.
Here’s a close-up of some of the leaves near the top of the oak. It was tough to get a sharp picture since the wind kept blowing the leaves around!

There were all kinds of bugs out busily gathering nectar from any flowers they could find.

This goldenrod seemed to be a particular favorite for all kinds of bugs and bees!

Somewhere along the line this summer, some butterfly bush seed must have floated over to the pond banks, since I see we now have a little bush growing there. It’s even blooming!

The pond water is beautifully clear around the edges. A lot of leaves have fallen into the water, which the wind has blown to the edges.

If we’re really lucky, we’ll have a lot more nice weather like today. I’m not going to count on it though. A hard frost can’t be too far away, and winter coming fast behind that.

But for today, it was fall and it was beautiful.