December 26, 2010


I believe in free choice, but not today.
The snow is coming down heavy now and the wind has picked up speed. The forecast is blizzard conditions that will dump about 14-16 inches of snow in our area of southeastern Massachusetts. 
Noone will be staying out in the paddocks all night or roosting on the limb high in the pine tree. Everyone will be tucked in their own abode to stay safe and warm during the storm.
It took me almost an hour to coax the hens into their coop, Some were taking shelter under the pines or under our deck and didn't want to trek through the deep snow, so I shoveled a path for them. Others seemed to love the weather and wanted no part of going inside.

I sprinkled a trail of cracked corn all the way to the coop ( think Hansel and Gretel!) and little by little, bite by bite, they made their way inside.

The horses tend to stay in the farthest paddock when it snows, as if to say,"Don't even think about putting us in the barn!" 
But once the wind picked up speed they thought it best to stay closer to the barn and made their way on their own.

I was deciding just how long I would let them stay outside when a big gust of wind came, spooked the horses and each one ran into their stall.  
The stall doors were shut and snow brushed off backs. I left them munching their hay and knew I made the right decision for tonight.

happy day, happy snow!


Kit said...

Great photos! I had heard you guys were getting a lot of snow. And my Philadelphia Eagles game was cancelled. So sad. We are having a little sprinkle of snow ourselves. Ready to snuggle down for the night. Hope you do too! Kit

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Several bloggers have posts entitled BLIZZARD so the storm is making its way through many states. Stay safe and warm! Blessings of comfort and joy, Tammy

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Yikes, you're getting it!

I always smile when I see the header with Chloe. It is one of the best photos ever.

Sending love and best wishes to you and yours,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} said...

Gorgeous photos!! All of the snow that we had has melted away but they are calling for more on Tuesday and I can't wait :) Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday to! Happy New Year :)

valarie said...

Everything looks so beautiful on the farm but has an added wonder in the snow. I realize I'm saying this from the warmth of my home. :)
We, here in Tennessee,also got really snowed in Christmas day. We've never seen this much snow and we loved every minute of it.Hope you've thawed out a bit.