|Polly and the Twins. Only hours old here.|
|The first born ewe-lamb in the morning.|
|A kiss from the new lamb?|
|Fox trap as a flat pack.|
|Don't scratch my floor! Trap assembled in the Dining Room.|
|Come on Foxy. You know you want that|
dog food. What could possibly go wrong?
It is the wind that has got to me - a week plus of continuously strong, bitterly cold easterlies, frozen mornings including one where the wind froze the pipes inside out bathroom. This was where they run against the concrete block wall of the extension OUTSIDE the insulating panels / dry lining. That morning we had no loo-flush or hand basin cold supply (warm was OK) so I had to import our saved big Jerry-can of water for the flushing and go up into the loft to check that all the tank and pipes up in that restricted space were flowing freely. They were. The outside tap also regularly freezes, so my livestock rounds currently including carrying warm water to all the drinkers and buckets. The winds have been giving our temporary tarpaulin roof for the chook house quite a buffeting coming, as they do, from our least protected direction. The tarp is chafing badly and I will definitely need to do that new roof job this summer. My nerves will not stand another winter waiting for that to rip open in a gust.
|A comforting sight for the house owner during 'The Beast' cold |
snap. The top half of the roof is thawing, so you know the attic
is safe from freezing.
|It's a long way up to the tiny loft hatch.|
|Bundled up like Barge-skipper for fox watch.|
Trapper hat, scarf, 'mighty' coat and gloves.
|The pond well frozen.|
|Mrs C decides on a '4-cat' duvet day.|
|In the buffeting East wind, the tarpaulin over the chicken house|
is starting to chafe badly.
|Dublin 'Coddle'. A stew of sausages, |
bacon, onions and spuds. A real