We adore the snow, it seems to tap into a childlike desire to run around, slide down hills, instigate battles, dive into it… It is also so dramatic and the landscape is altered incredibly, wiping away familiar landmarks. Another magical transformation was at night when no torch was required simply because of the bright moon and the snow creating a monochrome day light.
The cold and dark of winter creates a number of challenges for us, including keeping the fire in over night, limited lighting, frozen water pipes, keeping the chicken’s water liquid..but it’s all a challenge and you go to the river and get water for the chickens from there, and you go back to the old washing round the neighbours again..
It has been bitter however the yurt has continued to keep us very warm and provided us with all the shelter we need really.
Our veg garden, on a slightly less optimistic note, is looking a tad sad. Plenty has died in the polytunnel which in previous years has seen us through, including our kale. The brassicas outside have turned to moosh from being under all that snow. The celeriac appear to have survived and the Jerusalem artichokes seem to be thriving…
The cats ..(especially for my aunt Judy!) are doing well.. Rusty is currently sat on my lap, leaking an odious smell one end and a purr the other.. Gilbert is also doing well.. he has had a bad eye all year from diving into the long grass (idiot) but this seems to be finally healing.
Finally onto the build.. we are currently waiting for the weather to be just a little bit kinder and to sort out the bottom of the drive before we proceed with the build. This winter has however been one of optimism and talking about woodburning stoves, back boilers, hydroelectric, underfloor heating, solar water heating, pantries, kitchens, sunrooms, floors…etc etc!