Spr-inter Storm

Snow

It was a mess of weather all over the place its seems this past weekend, and this is what we had in our neck of the woods. Unrelenting ice pellets and snow with a smack or two of freezing rain and high winds.

We were really fortunate not to have sustained any damage to trees and property. As well, the hydro stayed on throughout. Others in our area were not so lucky.

Still, we were isolated for a couple of days. Access to our highland area was almost impossible as the gravel roads were skating rinks (I’m told as I haven’t left the farm since last Wednesday.) I’m sure happy I didn’t need to go anywhere. (And we were going to remove our snow tires last week! Hahahahahahaha!!!)

We subsisted on homemade soup to use up stuff in the fridge in case the power went out. Fortunately we have a gas stove so heating up food was not going to be a problem. And it wasn’t. The beef barley soup with dumplings was de-lish!

Since no one was able to get to the farm Monday morning I helped Eira with barn chores. Mucking stalls, turnout … that sort of thing. Trudging through the heavy snow to get the horses in and out, and digging a path to the manure spreader required heavy exertion. Been a long time since I worked in such conditions, and I really enjoyed it. It’s challenging, physical labour and immensely satisfying. Not something I can do all the time, mind you. Issues with adrenal fatigue continue to dog me, so after that kind of exertion I’m pretty much useless the next day. I need recovery time. It’s my woman-of-a-certain-age challenge and I manage my life around it. Somewhat limiting, to be sure, but to do otherwise would push me back into a debilitating state I’m unwilling to re-visit any time soon.  Today I can up the activity one more notch.

A Wagon LoadThe horses were, for the most part, pretty cooperative. They spent all weekend inside and were happy to stretch their legs in the snow once we were finally able to give them some turnout on Monday. We’re hoping for lots of sunshine, over the next little while, to dry things up suitably so our equine friends can enjoy the spring grass when it finally arrives. Paddock management is crucial this time of year.

Now I’m looking forward to seeing things green up. The buds are on the trees; the tulips were just poking through the ground before the storm hit. Spring is awaiting its turn with baited breath.

Nurture what you love,

Dorothy
Horse Mom

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3 thoughts on “Spr-inter Storm

  1. From your snow tyres comment I’m assuming this volume of snow/ice is a little unusual for your neck of the woods.

    Winter has seemed a little too eager to hang around this year but for the last couple of days we have had lovely weather – actually feels Springlike – but I’m not counting my chickens (or planting out my seedlings) just yet.

    Fingers crossed you get some lovely sunny, Spring weather to replace this touch of Winter.

    • Thanks for your comment, Elaine.

      Actually you wouldn’t want to travel in this area in the winter without snow tires. We put ours on in late October and change them out mid April. It’s just unusual to see this volume of snow this late in the month. Truth be told, snow tires are advocated in Canada. Winter driving here can be very hazardous.

      Oh, look! Some blue sky! First I’ve seen in more than a week … 😊

  2. We always put Winter tyres on our trucks even here. My other half reckons it should be mandated ….. then perhaps the UK wouldn’t grind to a halt every time a sprinkling of snow lands 😀

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