Arctic Flunkeys

snowfeb09-088That’s how it feels, for Brynn & me;

devoted flunkeys for poultry, ponies, sheep & goats; mollycoddling cats & braving the still-falling snow to make sure everyone is fed, watered & wrapped up warm whilst struggling with basketloads of firewood, up hours before dawn to rekindle the fires & heat hearth & home to a suitably snug temperature. 

In payment for our efforts a couple of the senior hens have reluctantly recommenced laying; although whilst our welcome breakfast egg reappeared on the menu during January after a couple of  much-maligned months’ absence, it rapidly disappeared again with the plunge in temperature.

 fungi-3201But I’m suitably grateful.  My cherished breakfast boiled egg has to be my favourite meal of the day: washed down with a restorative cup of strong Ceylon tea, the act of dipping that first crisp finger of homebaked wholegrain toast into the unctuous mandarin well of  silky-soft yolk, is always a savoured pleasure.  The humble hen’s egg has to be the perfect food: incredibly versatile, absolutely delicious, perfectly packaged in its’ own environmentally-friendly shell, the delicate beauty & infinite variety of that fragile oval must be Nature’s ultimate miracle. 

So after a pleasurably restorative breakfast, I ventured back out into the winter chill again….& it was still snowing.  In fact, it snowed almost all day; which has been all the more frustrating because at the same time, the settled snow was obviously softening.  And yet for every welcome teardrop of meltwater there fluttered a multitude of feathery flakes; although as a result we were at least rewarded with a fascinating new vista of extraordinary icicles – albeit cold comfort in this wearisome weather.  

So here’s a little  gallery…. 


Almost a chocolate box view of Switzerland....! - if only.

Even the small ferns growing in the Long Barn’s nooks, crannies & crevices have develped icicle beards. 



Icy fingers hold the ffarm in their grip.....

Icy fingers hold the ffarm in their grip.....

Roll on Summer.

About LittleFfarm Dairy

The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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