- Have all hats, scarves and gloves ready.
- Bring wet shoes in to dry in front of the Aga.
- Order new muck boots as mine are full of cracks – you get what you pay for.
- Put extra straw into hens area for warmth.
- Have horses rugs out ready to put on.
- Top sheep hay up and move crystalyx to less poached area (unrelated to cold, but I just remembered!)
- Keep animals water topped up constantly with spare buckets full in case pipes freeze over again.
- Put extra food in for hens, cook pasta for bed time treat and have porridge ready to put in warm on a morning.
- Have thick socks, thick trousers, jumpers and coat ready for Thursday morning for the morning feeds. The last thing I want to be doing at 5:15am is hunting for warm clothes.
- Fill the log basket.
- Fill the coal basket.
- Ensure enough kindling.
- Have blankets in the room so we can cosy up as a family and if it does snow, watch it sat next to the wood burner with a hot chocolate in hand.
- Just in case, have a sledge ready for us to have lots of fun on!
Monday, 9 January 2017
Preparing for winter....small steps
There is a cold front coming towards the end of the week so I’m making plans to ensure we don’t get caught out. The last thing we want to be doing is walking to the wood store or topping up the outside animals’ bedding when it’s either raining or snowing, which is predicted. According to today’s forecast on the BBC for our postcode, the temperature will drop from Thursday.
So the plan is:
Planning a little further ahead I need to make sure we have enough medicine in should we need it. We take tablets as infrequently as possible and prefer as natural a remedy as possible, but if we need to, we take it.
In the meantime, I know this list can be seen as totally over the top, so here’s a picture of the dogs all chilling together to relax us all J
It was nearly 9C in the barn this morning. Far too mild for this time of the year. It's turned out to be a bright day and the rain that was forecast didn't really arrive.