Bringing in the New Year, the snow pretty much disappeared, but not the cold. The break from all the snowy, cloudy days, let the sun melt the surfaces during the day, and brighten the mood.Under the snow, things were still a bit green, and the goats enjoyed wandering the fields to see what they could find, but they enjoyed their first Christmas tree recycle too.OK. We had one day above freezing, but that was short lived as the frozen water buckets showed us. We happily unplugged them to save on the electric bill. Didn't last 24 hours. These are the buckets inside the barn too.
The ice stayed thick on the pond, and now we could see that there were other creatures living there, by the tunnels they left behind. Now I think I understand why the barn cats enjoy the pond area so much. The chickens have barely seen the outdoors since Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean they haven't seen the sun. They know how to use solar heat on these frigid days. Today the snow was back and deep enough to need the tractor to clear the lane. The winds are bitter, and more severe weather is in tomorrow's forecast. I just hope the pregnant ladies are smart enough to wait for a break in this weather - if there is one.