The time has come for us to make sure we are ready for winter. In the past week the animal’s water tanks have been freezing over, and it was a sign to get going on winterizing the pens and the water troughs.
We had a new and larger tarp on order from our local farm and feed store, and today it arrived. We are lucky that it was a very lovely day, and we got that puppy on this afternoon. Yesterday we ended up replacing a stock tank with a floating heater with another kind of heated 16 gallon bucket. It is different than our other heated stock tanks, but I hope it will be just as good.
And so we move into the winter, whether it is officially here or not. The goats are all putting on their furry best, and we are adding straw in to their sleeping quarters regularly (those little buggers eat quite a bit of the straw, so it’s difficult to keep the amount we want available to them!). The dreaded Polar Vortex is scheduled to arrive for a quick showing this weekend, and then again in a more serious way toward the end of next week. Brr. I don’t feel quite ready, but it doesn’t matter. We will see it in. And the countdown to the shortest day of the year is on! Totally looking forward to the Solstice :*)