We’ve had a couple of frosts this month, nothing serious, just a dip closer to zero* rather than below. Personally, I love cold and frosty nights and days, from the crisp blue skies to the clear air to the way the frost sparkles and glitters in the sun. Not forgetting the fact that if it’s cold enough to freeze, it’s not raining 🙂
Of course I make sure the pigs have nice thick beds of straw in their arks (the chickens have their own feather quilted duvets and don’t need any help from me!) but the wildlife can suffer, as you can see in this photo:
Frozen! 12 October 2009
* Celsius, for my American readers!
This time last year, we had a hard frost up at Mum’s and Mac took the opportunity to learn all about ice:
Mac on the frozen bucket of water - 18 February 2008
He spent ages checking it out: I gave watching but since the sight of a soaking wet cat failed to materialise, I guess he also got bored before the ice melted!
It was a cold, frosty start to the morning – which is exactly how it was last year!
A frosty sunrise at Mum's - 12 November 2007
Well, I keep saying I hope it will be a cold winter, not a wet one and – for now at least – my wish seems to be coming true. I know we’re not getting the same weather as much of the country, but it was a cold start this morning, with ice covering windscreens (not mine! I have found the perfect frost-free place to park!) and generally making the morning a bit brrr-chilly.
This was how things looked at the farm this morning:
Frost - 29 October 2008
This is why:
Thick ice on Bailey and Brini's water bucket - 29 October 2008
But things soon warmed up in the sun and I was able to take my welly off for a bit of mutual itch-relief with Scratchy:
Ah, that's better! - 29 October 2008
I thought it was a bit nippy when I got up this morning but I didn’t really think about it until I got to the farm and realised that we’ve had our first frost.
The chickens were not impressed but the pigs were nice and toasty in their arks. Bubble was a bit shivery when she was eating her breakfast so I’ll top up the bedding in their ark, but I can stop worrying about them now.
Grumpy chickens -17 October 2008
Snipe -17 October 2008
Actually, the crisp* grass underneath my feet made me realise how much I hope it will be a cold, frosty winter. The pig field is prone to getting very very muddy in heavy rain and I’m not sure how much solid ground will be left if the winter is like the “summer” we endured. If it’s cold and frozen, we’ll be cold but not swimming in mud. I can give the pigs lots of extra bedding if it’s cold, but I can’t do much for them if it’s wet.
So here’s hoping!
* not a hard frost so soggy grass once I lifted my foot up