I am officially snowed in and the animals and I are reduced to ‘survival’ mode. Yesterday while the snow increased I was, at least, able to dig pathways and get the horses into the turnout arena for most of the day, though the walker was out of bounds. Today, nothing is do-able. I have never seen so much snow in my whole life, except on a skiing holiday and that’s the only thing my land would be suitable for at the moment. I pity the sheep in the surrounding fields and the farmers who are trying to keep them alive.
The salting I did last night was useless and there is absolutely no point in trying to dig paths today as the snow blizzard is relentless. There is even snow inside the yard buildings, seeping in through gaps in the roof and under the doors. I mucked out and struggled to the muck heap – I had to guess where to dump the barrow load. I then put Pip in with Talisman and both are eating haynets listening to classical music. Thankfully, I decided to move Talisman to the stable adjoining the solarium at the bottom of the yard last night, opposite Pip, so it would be easier to get him out straight onto the woodchip track to the turnout arena……wishful thinking! But his stable is just about big enough for two during the day, so they have company. Talisman will have the massage rug on later and a groom under the solarium to break up his day. He quite likes his new ‘weekend’ residence.
I had the foresight to get more oil and wood in recently and drove at 20 mph to town yesterday to stock up on food (mainly for the cats) on dodgy unsalted roads, thinking that might be the last chance for a while. This is one of the few moments I feel isolated. Fingers crossed everything continues to work inside the house and outside.
I will do some training if I can get to the garage to use the static bike. That’s something at least. But I am doing a number on myself to stay upbeat. I have always managed before with life’s challenges and I know I always will. I feel there is an invisible helping hand out there to call upon and I know, at a spiritual level, I am never alone. It’s a question of digging deep, both outside and within! At this moment, I am having a quiet word with Mother Nature and asking her to be kind to us….
Otherwise, it’s a question of distraction. So I might do the unthinkable and cuddle up with Bryngwyn (who is not a fan of snow) and watch a movie later!
Pics: Yesterday: Talisman kicking off in the turnout arena; redundant walker; Pip chomping on a haynet; icicles on the barn roof. Today: the wheel, the yard and Talisman in his new stable.