Monday, December 21, 2009

'Tis the Season

Triskelion Farm in the snow, but only a few inches, and nowhere near as bad as some of our friends along Rte 81 who got 24 inches! We have little to complain about as, apart from the usual frozen hoses, the trough heaters are working, and we haven't had to deploy our new emergency generator connection (thank you Jack Ryan).
The cows were not impressed with the lack of green stuff, but Star strutted his stuff, glad to be outside.
The horses were all pretty pleased to throw off their "cabin fever", and many were the horse "snow angels" as they reveled in the feel of the snow on itchy coats.

The pond has frozen over completely since the photo, I think for the first time since we came here, and looks pretty in the early morning sun.
However, spare thought this Christmas for the family farmer and homesteader.  Animals still have to be fed and watered, milked  and cleaned out.   Farmers rarely complain as it is a way of life, and the  advantages usually outweigh the disadvantages - no commute, you are your own boss, and you get to live in delightful scenery.  At least that is what I tell myself in the milking parlor early in the morning, with a blizzard howling round the door!