Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow, Blue and Otherwise

Just as predicted, we woke up to a foot of snow.  Probably another 2" today.  It took a bit to get down to feed the animals.  I am glad it was a dry fluffy snow to begin with.  I was trying to figure out how I was going to open the gate.  I was getting ready to take off my snowshoes and climb over the gate (not an easy thing to do in snow pants and with mesh on the gate smaller than the rest of the fence), when John simply pushed it open far enough to squeeze through.  I am so glad John is back and glad we made it back before the storm.  This is NOT the kind of weather a farm sitter should have to deal with though I am sure Cathy and Sophie would have done fine.

Sheep like to eat snow and lie in it but they don't appreciate deep snow.  They can jump through it but it is an effort, especially with the extra winter weight.  Once we got to the hay and water trough, the rest wasn't really so bad.  All day I have been wondering how Karen made out with all of her animals.  They all have shelters but I think she should have a skimobile to get out to all of them.

I am glad I didn't tell my animals how easy they have it or it might have snowed another foot.

 I always like to look at blue holes in the snow.  I wonder if the sheep do.  I think they see color.  I wonder how many people googled "blue snow" today to see why it appears blue.  I did but all I remember is that most snow reflects back all visible color spectrums but in a hole some of the color gets trapped.  Something like that.

Hard to believe it is going to be 45 degrees tomorrow.  I wonder how much of the 14 inches we will lose.


  1. I'm always fascinated by the blue snow too. It appears so clean. All the animals seem to be fairing well but I feel sorry for the little guys having to trudge through this. They stay in the tracks the bigger ones make. I had to shovel open many gates but after doing 5 I did what John did and just shoved hard to squeeze through. Glad you made it home safely. We were discussing how we were glad not to have a farm sitter during this weather too.

  2. Yup! We love the snow! And, though I'm not sure I'd have been able to plow the drive, I know we definitely would have been fine being snowed in with the animals! ;-)