First Ice Storm of 2015



I had to pay her 50 cents, but I convinced Jessy to go and take some pictures outside of the ice storm we had first of the week!  It was still rainy and that weird stinging ice rain so I thought it was a pretty good deal.  Mostly, I just wanted to see what she might pick out with her artsy eye…  and she got a few good ones before she had to retreat!   She said she about fell several times and it was just too cold and wet to risk the fancy camera.   Excuses, excuses!  (hahaha)  Still, she got a few pretty ones…  I hate the destruction of an ice storm, but there is a odd beauty to it as well…  thankfully it was not too bad and the rain melted off a lot before it could do a great amount of damage.

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The chicken netting was so cool!  All the little droplets froze!  It was so heavy over the yard.  Not a single chicken was out, of course, they are pretty smart for birds.


My whimsy windy strands were also covered in ice!   No flying today…


Rafeka came out for a little check up…  he heard her walking about.  As you can see, he was cuddled up in the straw and probably snoozing away.   The animals are pretty smart.   They will be out in the middle of a raging blizzard but you add water/ice to the mix and they seek shelter.  It’s just too cold to be standing out in the pasture, drenching wet with the wind whipping around.

I think it’s kind of funny, though, when they poke their heads out and visit for a moment, covered in straw and looking for treats.   If you don’t produce something good, quickly, they will turn away and head back to the barn!   DSC_0674 DSC_0677

Just some delicate little bits…  a leave fossil of ice, a covered branch in icy drips…  I love that imagery of ice and weather…


Of course, our poor bedraggled critters don’t quite agree.   Even with their wooly overcoats, they would much rather seek shelter and are only perplexed to see a food lady out in this yucky weather.   Especially, without food!

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More beauty in our little landscape…

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I feel bad for all the critters!  They all look a little wet and miserable.   Their yards turn to muck, the water just gets in everywhere.   Thankfully the barns are nice and dry and full of hay and water to drink, and good shelter from the wind.   The cold is bad, but it’s the wet and wind that really does in livestock.   We are watchful and everyone gets late afternoon snacks when the temps really get low to help keep their bellies full and warm.


Isn’t the chicken coop with it’s lacy netting neat looking?   Of course, when it all rips and collapses, not so neat.  Thankfully, we got some really strong stuff the last time we did that yard in.  It seems to be worth it’s weight in savings, if not ice!


Everything was just sort of dark, dank and dreary.   So much for a bright and happy new year!  That’s okay, once everyone was taken care of, we all just decided it was lay about and read time.   And nap time.   It was one of those days.   Not too much to do and no good reason to do anything else!


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the banjo player for Deepwater Bluegrass, and the editor of as well as the main graphic designer of the Westvon Publishing empire. She is a renaissance woman of many talents and has two lovely daughters and a rehab mobile home homestead to raise.

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