Saturday, 7 December 2013

Winter is here !

Pharaoh and Phoenix having a drink today
This week we have been battered by gales freezing temperatures, power cuts and snow.  The Peacocks are growing fast, they have started to change colour and their tail feathers are growing long and have started to trail on the ground. 

The fire is now fitted in the conservatory.  I have made a stone plinth and rendered the blocks.  I just have to paint them and finish off the flooring.  Its lovely to have a roaring fire to keep you warm and it does throw out lots of heat.

Phoenix is standing in the water trough which is frozen but there was a drip from the roof and they both stayed there ages having a nice cold drink.

That's my boy ... Haggis is watching me as I take the dogs for a walk up the track ... he is my pal and is extra special.  The cows have been tucking into their bale of haylage over the past couple of days as the temperatures tumble.

This was a test run before the rendering and the protective heat resistant sheeting around the walls.... I decided to fit before the fire melted the conservatory.  I have now managed to sort out the telly in here so we can have a choice over the festive season .... when my parents visit.  We now have all the mod cons .... I'm spending more time in there than the house !!

Little Zymerah and Zucco ... out today its been freezing here but there is still plenty of grass to nibble.  The girls have a routine spending a couple of hours in the field before they retreat to the little paddock and their haylage, then its in for bedtime .... and a quick story !! before lights out.

The snow has nearly gone but we have been covered with hailstones, the ground is frozen today the gales have settled.  We were battered by 80mph gales a couple of days ago, thankfully we survived, but we did have a power cut from 5pm Thursday evening right through till 11am Friday morning.  It was freezing in the house with no heating but both fires were lit ... I had an early night with my thermals .... needless to say.

Doza is now much bigger ... he has put on quite a bit of condition and I think he has grown quite a bit in height since I got him.  This is him out this afternoon having a little walk up the track.


Shirley said...

Puffin' Billy looks just great, Jayne - that will put a rosy glow on your cheeks! We've had both of our log burners on this week, like you we had no electricity. Really bad storm so glad you and the various beasties (and birds) are OK. Shirley & Robbie

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Your photos just sum you up Jayne....beautiful Scottish Countryside, happy healthy animals great and small...and a glowing wood burner restored by your own very clever hands!

Lovely blog!

Rosemary said...

Sounds like dreadful weather up there - glad that wood burner is going.
Doza is looking enormous!

Judi B said...

Those peacocks are looking great Jayne! Our Tut (Tutenkamun) hates the seems to disorientate him. He won't come off his roost when there is snow on the ground...I suppose all the familiar landmarks suddenly look very unfamiliar!

Keep warm and snug beside the log burner in that conservatory!

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Lovely 'fireplace', and pics Jayne, especially Haggis.