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…. 

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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. 

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

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

Roll on Summer.

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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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