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A Chilly Winter Morning at Gullringstorp


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.

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Christmas Lights and Snow in the Night at Gullringstorp


I know, I know , it’s a nightmare for my husband and all the other husbands and boyfriends and mothers shoveling this kind of snow. But what can I say , but I just think it’s beautiful. It’s still snowing and has been all day .

When it rains , we say, “it’s raining cats and dogs”. What do we say about snow? It’s snowing bunnies and teddy bears??

Any ideas, please share…

Anyway, I find Gullringstorp during the winter months all lit up and draped in snow, enchanting…

These are the tracks Leif makes for little Max to usse to go potty when the snow is deep. Max has short little fat legs.

These are the tracks Leif makes for little Max to use to go potty when the snow is deep. Max has short little fat legs. By the morning, they had disappeared!

Max thinks it's so much fun to have his very own tracks to walk in!

Max thinks it’s so much fun to have his very own tracks to walk in!

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The beginning oif the pathway to the stable and the goats. First over the deck...

The beginning of the pathway to the stable and the goats. First over the deck…

Past the popcicle fish in the pond, past the lust hus on t he way to the stable and the goats. Then...

Past the popsicle fish in the pond, past the lust hus on t he way to the stable and the goats. Then…

Then behind rhe lust hus to the road and ten we were on our own, to the stable and to the goats...

Then behind the lust hus to the road which had been shoveled, to the stable and to the goats…

We are on the right path, look there's the stable lit up in t he night

We are on the right path, look there’s the stable lit up in t he night

Max and I found our way to the stable and the goats. Leif was still shoveling so we feed and watered the goats. Leif arrived later for the milking.

Max and I found our way to the stable and the goats. Leif was still shoveling so we feed and watered the goats. Leif arrived later for the milking.

Leif surprised me by stringing lights on the side of the stable this year. Now I can ssee the lights from my kitchen, breakfastroom and bedroom windows. The lights look beautiful, peeking through the tall snow covered evergreens in the back. Thank you Leif!

Leif surprised me by stringing lights on the side of the stable this year. Now I can see the lights from my kitchen, breakfast room and bedroom windows. 

The lights look beautiful, peeking through the tall snow-covered evergreens in the back. Thank you Leif!

The lights look beautiful, peeking through the tall snow-covered evergreens in the back. Thank you Leif!

Max and I found our way back to the house on our pathways...

Max and I found our way back to the house on our pathways…

Looks like Max ans I are heading the right way...

Looks like Max and I are heading the right way…

Leif was waiting for us on the front porch!

Leif was waiting for us on the front porch!

Enchanted Gullringstorp

Enchanted Gullringstorp

If you have snow, I hope it’s manageable…

If you are waiting for your snow,, I hope it comes…


Winter Has Arrived at Gullringstorp


We are now in the beginning of a real winter. We have had nothing but rain all Autumn long with mild temperatures. December has been rung in with not only low temperatures -14c but SNOW!
I love Gullringstorp in Spring and Summer but Gullringstorp really shines during the Winter!

This snow has caught us all a bit off guard. Like everyone in the countryside, we are now scrambling to get everything done that needs to be done before being buried in snow.

We have stocked up on hay and straw supplies in the stable, Leif has weather lined the stable doors that needed it and covered our pond the has many koi. Of course all the shovels have been activated and the chains have been placed on the tractor which is needed for moving large quantities of snow around Gullringstorp.

Max has worn last year’s winter suit and I realized that little Max, like all of us has put on a few pounds, so I have been in the market for a new winter suit for him. My husband laughs when Max gets “dressed” to go out but, he is not a big dog and he does get cold. Not now, because he has a new warm winter suit!

Gullringstorp in the winter

Gullringstorp in the winter

My chubby little Max, stuffed into last year's winter suit

My chubby little Max, stuffed into last year’s winter suit

 

A view of the back area from the bedroom window

A view of the back area from the bedroom window

rees in the front of the house

Snow covered trees in the front of the house

 

Snow looks like whipped cream

Snow looks like whipped cream

In the back of the house where the tractor is housed

In the back of the house where the tractor is kept

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Pretty snow

It is important to get all the supplies need for the goats, they need fresh hay and straw especially during winter. Any hay or straw that fall to the box floor, is added cushion and warmth during the cold winter months. Our goats, like all goats love to ear hay and straw and some of it will and always does hit the floor. We don’t mind.

We have this huge bale of straw inside and 42 smaller bales in a storage outside

We have this huge beautiful bale of straw inside and 42 smaller bales in a storage outside

 

Just look at that beautiful hay...

Just look at that beautiful hay…

More snow

More snow

 

Time to cover the pond

Time to cover the pond

This is the tarp which covers the layer of styrafoam

This is the tarp which covers the layer of styrofoam

Leif is busy placing the styrafoam in its proper place

Leif is busy placing the styrofoam in its proper place

Preparing the pond

Preparing the pond

The pond is getting all the attention it requires in wintertime

Max in his new winter suit

Max in his new winter suit

Cute little warm Max

Cute little warm Max

 

And off he  goes... in his warm suit

And off he goes… in his warm suit

 

 

 

 

 

Soon Gullringstorp will be beautiful in the snow and Christmas lights

Soon Gullringstorp will be beautiful in the snow and Christmas lights

 

I hope your winter is beautiful on your eyes and heart…