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Friday, 26 February 2010

Things that go JUMP in the night.

Well that's what our Horse did. Went to feed her this morning and she wasn't there. Thought it a bit unlikely that she'd undone the gate, let herself out, tied it up behind her, and managed to get up the snow drifted lane without leaving any hoofy prints, but that's what it looked like for a moment or two. Then we hollered and shouted and she came trotting around the side of the silage pit - in the next field. She'd only gone and jumped over the fence! Mind you, it was a truly awful night out there, and perhaps something spooked her, or she just fancied a bit more shelter as the wind had turned round a bit. When she stands next to the fence, it comes about half way up her shoulder, not a bad jump for a wee pony.

The weather has been atrocious all day, with sideways snow each time we left the shelter of the steading to go and put a make-shift field shelter up for Frank and Horse. Then we came in as the blizzard stopped, had lunch, and by the time we'd had a go at the Farmers Weekly crossword (Kawa, you'd better have the March issue for us please!) and prepared to head back out, the snow had started again. Still, we had to take a bale of hay down the hill to the sheep, so snow or no snow, so we popped two bales on the tarpaulin, attached the tow rope to the front, and a handle to the back, and set off up the drive, knee deep in soggy, slippery slushy snow. Heaved the two bales over the big gate at the top (can't get it open cos of the drifts) and towed / pushed / pulled the load between us all the way down the road. Tis a mile on a good day, and feels like 5 on a bad day - today was a bad day. My right boot has split, and I kept slipping on the slush as I towed. Then as we turned the corner, the icy wind whipped straight across the empty fields and cast stinging cold flakes of ice in our faces and up under our hoods. Although we didn't have anything to lug back up the hill with us, walking home was nearly as painful on the legs and lungs as the outward trip.

Look at that, now we're home the wind and snow and sleet has stopped. Typical.

10 comments:

The Chief Bodger said...

I thought I was cold on Tuesday; we had rain, sleet and cold wind in town and there was snow outside town and in north Texas.

But it sounds like nothing compared to what you and Mrs BC had to content with.

Tim

Anonymous said...

wrestling hay bales in a blizzard! You deserve the Good Shepard award...taking such good care of the sheep and all the other animals. You need a snomobile conversion for Cubbie. Someone actually made one in the 70's....that fit onto of all things a Norton Commando. Sierras are getting hit with snow again. Sacremento just wet and windy. Stay warm! Hairy Larrry

sfb said...

Sounds like hard work. Glad Horse was ok though.

kawa said...

Ever thought of moving down to the Central belt, better weather, loads of people, a corner shop on every corner, loads of traffic an roads with a pot hole every hundered yards........sounds a great place, ear plugs in for the reply

Farmers Weekly, I'll put them aside for you, mind there weekly an not monthly.


kawa

Mrs. B.C. said...

Kawa, fancy us not noticing the Farmers Weekly is a weekly! How did that get past us?

kawa said...

'Kawa, you'd better have the March issue for us please!'

think someone was having a blonde moment 8-)

kawa

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Well no, not really, cos of the two we've got, one has Jan on the cover and one has Feb, so I naturally assumed that the next one with the answers to the Feb crossword, would be the March one. Mind your manners and just get me the answers!

Anonymous said...

Watch yourself Kawa, she's been on the grumpy pills again!

Stuart 8-(

kawa said...

Am safe enough Stuart, shes 160ish miles away and snowed in...



kacati ;-)

U N said...

Split your boot? Perhaps you could get a pair of brightly coloured wellies - you know, the ones you were ridiculing in your posting in July last year!

U N

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