This is just up the street from my house, we took a nice afternoon
walk in the neighborhood
Click on photos to enlarge just be ready to feel the cold chill***********************************************************
Winter brings on chores that just have to be done. I'm sure you will agree that "Life" has chores that just have to be done, but winter chores need repeating over and over. Come see a little of what we do a couple times a day in cold weather. Quickly put your coat and gloves on and come join me!
I did water duty yesterday but today I brought bleach boy. He loves to pound the ice!
I think he's studying the job.
Bleach boy still has California sun in his soul and you rarely see him with gloves and
never with mittens!
This is not as thick as yesterday nothing can get a drink with all that ice!
Oh Gracie is so happy to have company. In the winter the goats get very wild from lack of contact, but today she was delighted to see us. She let me pull all the berry bushes out of her wool and I didn't have to put her in a drop hold.
Now we are going to take a pasture walk and see where Gracie has been going. I want to see if any green is available for her to eat so I can deal with the hay issues. Her little hooves leave narrow paths. She has zig zaged all over the place. I can see some of it was curiosity over what a neighbor was doing or a stop under one of the big cedars to keep out of the snow. I also wanted to check on the wild birds. A few Chickadees were about, nothing else. Once or twice a robin has remained and not migrated and I'd taken extra effort to provide shelter, food and water. No robins today. Some medium size animal had walked South to North in the snow. Might have been a cat or skunk or something of that size.
The winter sky is so pretty at this time of day aren't you glad you came along?
We've checked everything out and are heading from the back pasture to the front pasture. This is where I hang from the trees in my hammock chair in the summer. Too cold for that now.
Penny waits for us. The dogs are not allowed in the pastures. Penny is a blue healer mix and would be a wonderful goat herder but she is deaf and I can't control her. When we had more goats and they'd find ways out of the pasture I'd use penny to put them back and she was wonderful if she's looking for my hand signals.
We are back to the house now. I'm standing in the middle yard where all the play toys and swings etc are. I'm going to walk right over to that glass door at the back of the house and go in and warm up!
See you next time we do a winter chore.
I didn't actually go to the house, I went and re-did all the water tins for the birds. I added some fresh seed deeded to me by youngest daughter.