The BBQ is down for the winter, although if we should get a mild spell, say above -10C I might think about firing it up . The snow shovel is by the door ready for use, and it will probably get used a lot! It's not much fun standing outside BBQ'ing when it's much colder than that.
This morning, it was -15C and had snowed most of the day yesterday. The horses tend to take it in stride. They are so well insulated that the snow will not melt on their backs. We leave it there as an extra blanket for them.
The water trough and salt block get lots of use during the cold weather. Dry hay tends to cause a need for more salt in the diet. You can see the electrical cord going to the floating heater. Tomorrow, I will be putting the wooden box and insulation around the tank, plus a half lid to cut down the heat loss. I was too slow in draining the garden hose yesterday so it was frozen when I went to fill the trough. 100 feet of frozen hose, coiled up (with difficulty) in the hallway to the house solved the problem. Today, I was a lot faster in walking the hose to ensure the last of the water was out of it.
The drive way was ploughed with my timber and truck to give it a chance to harden up. The snow is not as slippery when packed so it makes the climb up the hill a little easier on the vehicles. Elaine has a front wheel drive with aggressive snow tires on all wheels. It is very seldom that her car won't get up to the house.
My truck is a 4 wheel drive with very aggressive tires and gets used to pull friends and visitors out of the ditch when necessary, generally 4 to 5 times a winter. When the truck gets stuck, my neighbour will come over with his 350HD and pull it out.
Winter! It is a hardening experience in Alberta.
Surely there must be somebody in the deep south that would love to experience watering horses, feeding chickens and shoveling snow for a few months this year. I would be willing to swap acreages for a little while, say two months starting in January?
Did I mention that we also get frozen water lines, power outages and blizzards? Truly a fun experience!
Let me know if you decide to take me up on the offer.