Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Frosty morning, wet afternoon
We woke this morning to yet another hard frost, but as it had been raining during the night everywhere was like an ice rink.The car windscreen was iced up inside and out as were the doors. Outside taps were frozen, so were the ponds, drinking buckets etc.
No sooner had the ice melted the freezing rain started, so today has been spent catching up on washing, ironing and general housework with just the essential livestock duties being done.Not my idea of a good day. I did spend some time on the computer looking further into liver fluke and trace element deficiencies in sheep.It appears we have covered everything we can i.e. injections for fluke and mineral licks it's just a case now of waiting to see if the blood test results show anything different.
As I have spent most of today indoors I lit the second wood burner.We have two, one in the dining room and one in the living room.The dining room one we tend to keep in once it has been lit at the start of the winter.Normally this is the only one we need as it seems to heat the whole of the house.The sitting room one we use more as an 'open fire' only lighting it late afternoon or evenings on the gloomiest of days - I decided today was one of those days.
Wood burners are great.We get all the wood for free, either scrap wood etc. from my husband's work ( he's a builder ) or from the hedging, pruning etc. that needs to be done. Very rarely do we turn the heating on and then it is only to take the chill off the bathroom and bedrooms ( mostly for guests ) .
Hopefully spring is just around the corner, with lighter mornings and evenings.