Groundhog Day

The view from here: the valley, creased with fresh snow, as seen from Parc Dyffryn at first light.

The view from the chores: the creases of the valley, peppered with fresh snow, as seen from Parc Dyffryn at first light.

Another day, another ray of hope….

but alas; dampened by another snow shower or ten; & I’m still stuck here on the Ffarm with no prospect of getting back into the Big Wide World, any time soon.  I’m just sooo glad I meticulously prepared for this nasty bout of weather.  However, it’s a little disheartening when just as a thaw seems to be setting in, the evening arrives & the ground freezes, as hard & as white as the quartz crystal seams streaming just beneath the Ffarm’s shallow soil on Parc Carreg Gwen

Then the new day begins: inevitably, rough weather (today something a little novel & vivifying at least; a violent storm with thunder, lightning & hail which had the cats leaping in fear beneath the bedclothes whilst I – in equal, stumbling, half-awake terror – headed in the opposite direction: scrambling a sturdy coat over ruffled pyjamas & heading out to check on our heavily-pregnant caprine charges).  

Mid-Groundhog-Day. Ugh.

Mid-Groundhog-Day. Ugh.

But whilst the clouds are still thickly scudding, there’s the hint of a promising, welcome thaw….which – depressingly – every lunchtime, unfailingly degenerates into the first flurry of fresh snow; before setting in for a few hours, undoing all the good work of the morning’s less frigid temperatures.

By late afternoon the clouds clear & the skies are a cool, cool blue, again; just in time for the next frost to set in….

All this I observe, whilst quietly, steadily, trudging my way through the chores.

 Groundhog Day, again….

Groundhog Day; on a beautiful afternoon....

Groundhog Day over the Frenni Mountains; on a beautiful afternoon....

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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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