Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

December 4, 2010

Clear and Crisp

Today the temperature is sitting at -17C (+2F), and the sky is clear for the first time in 3 days.

Crisp, but not too cold for working outside. The horse trough was low, and guess what, some idiot (me), didn't properly drain the 100 feet of hose. So, coil up a stiff, frozen hose, haul it to the house and wait for it to thaw.

The horses were enjoying the sun, and it is amazing how hot their coat gets in the sun even at that cold a temperature. It's a great place to warm up some frozen hands when they are wet from the hose. The horses don't seem to mind at all.

At this time of year only about three weeks from the shortest day of the year, the sun doesn't get very high above the horizon and doesn't stay up long at all. It makes for long shadows most of the day.

This is the time of the year that I used to hate. Get up in the dark, go to work in the dark, and come home in the dark! It's not so bad now because I can get up, feed the horses and chickens, pop a couple of vitamin D pills and read or whatever.

Life is good on the Acreage!
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texwisgirl said...

Ian, that's the way to enjoy those short and cold winter days, for sure. Nothing better than retirement! I've taken this past year off after a corporate buyout/layoff and am dreading having to return to the working world.

Today, here in NE Texas, we're close to 70 degrees and I'm wearing shorts and a t-shirt. And barefoot around the yard. :)

Anonymous said...

Karen: Ian, those pictures are great! I love the one with the warmth off the horses back filling up the cold air. And you dog post was wonderful. We've always had dogs and they are great!

Stay warm!

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

Oh, how much I can relate to your words! This will be the first year in 23, that I will be getting up in the frozen early morning and making my way to work.(after being a stay at home mom and wife). I am already up in the early morning dark, , getting the amimals out of the enclosures before rushing to work, and it is a little more mild here in Texas.........however, I miss, just getting up and taking care of things here on the farm (at daylight)and then spending my day by the fire, dong my hand work. Now I have to be at the cafe on time to feed a hungry bunch waiting on breakfast. I still get home before dark, however, there is not much time left to the daylight now. It's a different life that I am trying to get used to. Stay warm! blessings,Kathleen


Great pictures! They look like they came out of a National Geographics Magazine. And by the way, thanks for the +2F so I know how cold it really is! YIKES! THAT'S COLD!!!!

Gregg said...

Great photos and what a great life. I bet it is great on the acreage!

LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

Very nice life Ian!

The Stylish House said...

Hi Ian,
You've got a pretty piece of property and some nice 4 legged friends! Thanks for the encourging words about my TV debut. I guess if Robert could be Heather's donor I can talk in front of a few cameras! Take care.

Crystal Mary said...

It looks very cold, but pretty. I wonder if the horses hooves are cold? I am told depression is worse in colder countries because of the lack of day light. Its amazing that on one side of the world its freezing and the other sweltering. Actually we are having floods..another month or so it may be bush fires. God made an amazing beautiful world. <><