It has been a very cold night here at Gullringstorp. The sun came up to a chilly -17C this morning.
We have a heater on one end if our stable to keep the pipes from freezing. We used to carry buckets of hot water to the stable during winter months. This tiny heater keeps everything from freezing so we have water on hand for the goats and the chickens.
With the body heat of our 25 strong herd, the temperature today is just above 0C. We are careful not to open any doors unnecessarily that would let the cold in. Everyone has, by now a nice warm bed of straw and hay built up over the recent months. This makes a nice warm bed for them.This also means that in addition to their warm thick winter coats, they are cozy, not crazy warm, but very comfortable.
Outside my dinning room window I can see our covered pond is buried under fluffy snow. I know our koi are in their hibernation state and we will see them in the spring.
I can also see our garden birds enjoying their meal here at Gullringstorp. There’s seed in the many containers as well as seed spilled to the ground. Soon it will be time to refill the seeds and lard balls that sustain them during the bleak cold winter months.
Just a tiny look into winter here at Gullringstorp.
We have had warmer temperatures causing all our beautiful snow to melt. This makes the ground all over Gullringstorp, wet and soggy. This includes the enclosures. There is no dry place for the goats to lay down and take a rest. For this reason, they were not allowed out today.
Hopefully because of a the winds, we will have drier enclosures tomorrow and they can all be outside.
There is always something to do on the property. One very important thing to do is to place our seeds and nuts for the wild birds.
The birds remember who puts out yummies for them and will return every winter.