And so the deep freeze continues, with the promise of a small warmup this weekend. With wind and rain, of course! The aftermath of the 40F temperatures on Monday combined with torrential rain into the evening had predictable results: our whole driveway and areas around the animal paddocks turned into a skating rink. All the crunchy snow that was safe to walk on was gone. Even in the paddocks the sheep and goats slid from here to there. Enthusiastically running down the hill to meet me at the gate when I showed up with the grain was something of a downhill ski event. I am surprised more of the ewes didn’t just smash right into the fence. No one was hurt, and my fears about wet sheep and goats developing pneumonia from the gale force winds and plummeting temperatures into the night so far have not come to pass. I obsessively threw down straw in the greenhouses in the hopes that they would be good little animals and seek shelter for the worst of it, which they did. (The ewes will sit out in almost anything).
Because of the weather, my school district was closed on Monday so I had a chance to get outside many times during the day to finally get rid of most of the icy snow residue that has been hanging around on the greenhouses, worrying me quite a bit. After the first snow I got a good bit of it off, but some of it froze and was getting heavier and heavier. The rain actually did us a bit of a favor with that one.
We finally got someone to get some sand and grit on our driveway, so yesterday was considerably easier going on that end. And we will hope that the weather doesn’t decide to throw too much more at us in the next few weeks!