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Beauty in the Cold

31 Jan

Our cold streak really started Monday with a snowy morning and white out conditions.  By afternoon, we had a beautiful sundog on the way home.

I might be an idiot, but I decided to go try and take pictures in the cold Wednesday.  Don’t get me wrong, I prepared for the cold.

I wore socks, slipper socks, fleece leggings, sweat pants, t-shirt, sweat shirt, coveralls, flannel coat, ski mask, ear warmers (over the mouth), and two pairs of gloves.  It was beautiful though, and I didnt want to miss an opportunity to capture it.

Even if it is a lot of work keeping water open to the animals, the frost is pretty.  You have to find the beauty in this cold, or it would drive you crazy.

I like the look of the cobwebs above the water tank. They are covered in crystals.

It also seemed like a good time to try those frozen bubble pictures.  Although, I did have to pull down the ear warmer/mouth cover to blow the bubbles.  Most of them just blew away because we still had a bit of a breeze.  I guess I need -20* and completely still air.  That’s hard to find.  I managed to get one to sit on my deck railing.

Because I wasn’t actually expecting one to stay, it was already deflating by the time I set my bubble wand and bottle down and got my camera up to take the pictures.  So much for being prepared.

I decided I had to be doing something wrong, so I did a search and found a homemade recipe and some advice.  That helped!  It was still too windy though.

Come back, bubble. I want to take your picture!

That meant I had to step inside the barn.

It’s not near as pretty when you don’t have the sun shining on it.  Although you can kind of see Betty Lou’s reflection in the bubble.

I also had a lot of help.  Bonnie was just wondering why I was standing out there.

Bonnie

Finally, the wind went down and I tried it one more time!

Success!  Well, it’s better.

The sunshine really helps make it pretty.

I will definitely try this again.

Weather Changes

10 Nov

I have to tell you, the weather and time change has made it hard to do anything, including getting blog pictures.  We had rain all last weekend through Monday.  There were a couple of decent days, and then it turned cold.

flurries on the way to work Friday

We even had snow Thursday and Friday.

We are not at all ready for these changes.

Clover, Wanda, and Astra

I did have my bulk bin filled this week, so they are starting to get a bit of grain to help them weather the cold better.

Athena, Bonnie, Zinnia and a bunch of others

I’ve had to hurridly get my heated buckets out and work on getting winter ready.

No matter how pretty the frost is, I’m not ready for it.  But with the dry weather, I’ve taken lots of pictures to get me through this week’s blog posts!

Frosty Morning

26 Nov

I was up early getting ready for Christmas in the Soap Room, and I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise.  This was the view from my front yard.

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It was awfully frosty though.

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It was just a few minutes before the sun was no longer behind my fence post.

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I was surprised how early the goats headed out to pasture.  It was still completely covered in frost.

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I had two frosty llamas.  For some reason the girls decided to stay outside.  Llenny looks like he doesn’t understand it.  Don’t worry.  If the girls really want to go inside, there’s two sections in the main barn and two more buildings they could go in.

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The two girls are not happy with him (notice their ears).  I’ve heard that the girls will spit on a male if they are bred, but I have no idea if that’s true or not.  Hopefully, they are bred and we’ll have crias before cold weather gets here next fall.