Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cold, Wet, Fog and Snow

Sometimes, it's hard to slide out of bed in the morning; hard to leave the heavy warm weight of the duvet and stand shivering, jabbing your cold legs into cold jeans and pulling a worn sweatshirt over your head.  The house is cold and, outside, it's even colder and damp. 

I let the dogs out and trudge, head down, to the goat area.  I put a flake of hay in the feeder and break the ice on the water buckets.  The goats are more interested in playing in their shed than eating.  I have to smile, warming up inside.

The dogs meet me as I shut the gate to the goat pen and they walk, flanking me, down the driveway towards the barn.  As we round the corner, they take off in pursuit of squirrels or rabbits or cats.  The sun is trying to find its way through the fog.

I walk down the barn aisle to get a carrot for the rabbits from the feed room.  Mufasa is standing with his head over the stall door, looking down the aisle.  I stop, smile, and praise him for his bravery.  Until today, he wouldn't stick a whisker over the door, preferring to be closer to the back door and his run out.  I get the carrot and go back to the rabbit pen.  Sage is ready, hungry and eager.  She wastes no time going to work on the carrot.  Basil waits until I am gone before hopping over and eating her share.

While we are mucking, the sun breaks through the fog.  The horses and donkeys crowd to the bottom of the pasture and stand in its weak warmth.

When Brett opens the gate to bring down the hay cart, bits of ice break off and scatter on the ground like diamonds.

The sky clears briefly, but then new clouds move in.  We spend the remainder of the day close to the fire, watching snow fall. 


  1. i know if it weren't for my dogs and horses, i'd not go outside as much as i do in bad weather. and i'd miss so much. :)

  2. That was so wonderful to be able to spend the morning with you guys doing chores. The pictures are also really amazing honestly. Such fun light.

  3. Right in front of the fire. That's the place to be.

  4. I enjoyed the peek at morning chores. Those goats are so cute!

  5. Cold in SoCal, then!
    There was a hard frost in my sister's place the morning we left, they don't often get that.

  6. Happy New Year to you and your family (2 and 4 legged)! Hope it warms up soon. We're looking at 15 degrees tonight, and it's getting very icy out there.

  7. Oh Annette I love this beautiful post and the foggy pics. The diamonds are beautiful. I have been spoiled this week My Hero is off and doing the chores so I have been a little self indulgent.
    Happy New Year and all the best in 2013. Love those pics and video. B


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