Friday, February 27, 2015

Snow and Trees

It's hard not to love pictures of trees in the snow.
 This walnut is one of my favorites. 
 Maybe because I see it everyday as I go down the driveway.
Even the when faced with having to drive through this I still like the look of the trees in the snow.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Good Fences #49

This was last week but we woke up to 5 more inches of snow this morning.
You've got to have a good fence around the bale lot.  Those hay bales really start disappearing in this weather.
This is a fence tightener on the top wire which is electric.  The hay is well guarded and doled out daily to 347 bovines by my dedicated farmer husband.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Goats and Snow Don't Mix

Our goats have never been fans of wet weather, 
 particularly if that wetness is in the form of snow. 
 The dogs on the other hand seem to thrive in it.
 Frosty is a bottle goat from a couple of years ago that was born during a blizzard (hence the name Frosty) The billy goat had gotten out early and bred a few nannies that kidded in February instead of April like we were wanting.  This is one of the reasons we now sell the billy goat after the nannies kid instead of trying to keep him for another year.  I hate having to get the bottle ones back into the herd, but when it works it is nice walking through them and having some you can pet.
During this cold snowy spell the goats have even resorted to eating some hay.  This is pretty unusual for them as they like to roam and browse everywhere.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Just Kit Sunday #79

I finally caught Kit Kat outside in the snow for a photo shoot. 
 He much prefers his different beds around the garage during this cold weather.
 Maybe the cold dry air has given him an itch.
Hope you are staying warm and keeping your feet dry.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Wrangler's Watercolor Series #7

Well, it warmed up enough yesterday for Wrangler to do a new painting.  I had to take a jug of hot water down to the barn to rinse his brush and J had brought the paints to the house earlier in the week so they weren't frozen.
Wrangler, the painting horse
 A little late for Valentine's Day but I like pink year round anyway.
 This one took a little longer than usual.  Even though he might have been distracted by the tractor parked near his easel, I think his usual quality is still there.
 And he obviously has never heard the line from Steve Martins famous SNL skit, "Don't put your lips on it."
Wrangler was ready to head back to the herd (or the hay) after completing his 7th masterpiece.
And Wrangler today can only mean one thing for tomorrow.  Kit Kat fans stay tuned.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Winter Feeding and Warning...Creepy Picture

J has been saving the center of a round bale and rolling out for the horses until the weather got bitterly cold.
Then he set a whole round bale out for them a couple of days ago.  For some reason he likes to send me out with a pitch fork to spread it around after they have made a mess of it.
 While I was down there I rebroke the ice on the water tank and Wangler came running.
 He had his fill then ran back to the hay bale.   It's been too cold for him to paint and I'm sure he is bored.  
 After I spread the hay out into piles the horses still seem to prefer the middle.  With the ground frozen so hard they are not as likely to make as big of a mess as if the ground were soft and they just stomped the hay into the mud.
 And pretty much every day when J comes in from feeding the cattle he comments that he is glad we aren't calving now.  A neighbor has already lost 5 calves to this brutal weather.  Minus 3 last night (-20 wind chill)
And now for the warning...Creepy picture ahead.....

I told E that I was changing my facebook picture.  Her comment, "Don't put that picture anywhere near the internet!"  I think I'm safe with the blog aren't I?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Good Fences #48

Otherwise know as "The Deep Freeze"
 I'm sure others are colder with deeper snow
 but minus 2 is pretty cold for us.
Glad this doesn't happen every year.
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