Suddenly it’s winter

It was a gloriously long and warm autumn, lots of rain in the valley, and snow in the mountains. As a result, we are going into winter with more forage remaining in pastures and hayfields than we have seen in all the autumns that we have lived here.

We had a few little snowfalls, but nothing that made it necessary to move the sheep to winter pens. We continued to feed out in the pastures until a week ago.

Then last Wednesday, when temperatures were to plummet  to single digits, with strong winds and severe wind-chill, we scurried around rebedding sheep barns, moving sheep to winter pens, and pulling up the remaining electronet fencing. We also dug out our old horse blankets and crammed those big (slightly portly) draft horse bodies into them. Too bad that I didn’t get a photo of the results! The horses don’t usually wear blankets, and after the winds stopped, we took them off. In our typical windless cold clear sunny days, they do just fine.

On Thanksgiving day, it began to snow…more that night and still more the next day. Light tiny flakes but adding up to 8 inches or so. It feels wonderful!

We were to go to Eugene during this time to be with Ben & Erin & baby Cameron, but I had been ill with a cold, and Brook then came down with it too. We didn’t want to take any viruses to Cameron, and so we stayed home for Thanksgiving, had a video chat visit with them, and enjoyed photos that Erin’s father took.

But we can hardly wait to spend real time with this precious baby….soon, very soon.

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5 Responses to “Suddenly it’s winter”

  1. Michelle says:

    Ooooh, I’m so sorry you weren’t able to spend Cam’s first Thanksgiving with him! I didn’t envy you the anticipated drive in bad weather, though, and am glad you played it safe with both that and Cam’s health.

  2. Beautiful pictures – I haven’t made it to your part of the state yet, but it looks like I need to!

    I’d love to see the big drafh-horse bodies in blankets! My OTTB’s are loving theirs, even though it’s not as cold, just wet at my house.

    I can see why you want to get to Eugene – what a cutie!!

  3. Nancy K. says:

    Oh my gosh! LOOK at how much he’s grown and filled out already! You are going to have so much fun when you go visit him. I hope you’re able to be together for Christmas. Of course, the weather is so unpredictable for the next few months. Thank goodness for on-line video chatting!

    Your pictures are beautiful Lois. I hope that someday I will get to see your part of the Country. It looks quite lovely.

    Happy Holidays!

  4. Tammy says:

    Loved all the pictures! How beautiful it is there. And the baby looks so good. He really has blossomed in a short time. I’m sure you can’t wait to spend time with him. Would have loved to see a picture of the drafties in their coats! Stay warm and hope you have a lovely holiday season.

  5. Kathy says:

    I never realized just how beautiful your valley is, Lois. Beautiful country! (and I am in much envy over your barn!)
    Please don’t fret over missing T-Day with Cameron – you probably did the very best thing by not sharing germs with him at this young age. And remember – there will come a time when he will give you and Brook colds to remember him by as well. 😉
    How did grandparents survive before Skype and the computer? I know when I had Kelly in Germany, the only way the folks at home knew about her was our sending announcements out. Phone calls were so expensive we couldn’t afford to call anyone.
    And now we have to try to be TV grandparents when we Skype – the kids have set up our calls on their TV in the living room so we get to see Gwen playing and having snacks.
    Sometimes, modern technology is a very good thing! 😉

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