After various discussions and helpful comments I think we can safely say that winter has begun. ( even if some of you say it doesn't officially start until some later date) We've had more winter in the last week than we've had in some whole years and the countryside is stunningly beautiful. It's a photographer's paradise out there and I've just spent ages filing masses of images taken over the last few days.
Yesterday evening we went to the village pub for a St. Andrew's night ale and the talk was very much of the weather and how we were all coping. Our most difficult job in this weather is keeping the out-wintering cattle supplied with water. When they're fed silage they drink a lot and we don't have mains fed troughs on the farm so water is taken out to the field by forklift truck in large tanks which are then used to fill the water baths. A tank of water might last several days, but keeping the whole system running at this time of year means checking it regularly and if necessary, defrosting it, which can involve all sorts of precarious antics involving burning newspapers while trying not to melt the plastic tap!
|taking a water tank out to the cattle|
The garden to the front of our house is a large area of rough grass and trees surrounded by beech and hawthorn and it's looking very pretty just now. I took these photographs this morning when the sun appeared between snow showers.