Friday, 18 January 2013

Snow day today, it started about  5.30am and kept going, not those big fluffy flakes, but small dry ones, so disappointingly we were not able to make a snowman as the snow would not stick. Shame as I was looking forward to helping make a snow dog.

I have to say though that every time we get bad weather and I look at the birds in the aviaries, dry, sheltered and looking cheerful, not wet, cold and miserable, I thank heavens that I chose to build the barn type aviaries that we have that are totally covered. There is no doubt about it the birds are very much more comfortable than in traditional open mesh topped aviaries. We also don’t have to worry about weight of snow on mesh rooves, because our barns are built to take the weight of snow. It’s great to look out on bad weather and not have to worry about them.

I am also delighted that Art is at livery and I don’t have to ask people to look after him in the snow. He will be much better off where he is. We advertised him on Friday and there was a great deal of interest, a high number of people wanted to come and try him, and the first people who did, want to buy him subject to vetting. He should pass a vet no problems as he did last March for me, of course the big problem now is will the vet be able to get there in the snow!! We should know on Monday. I am sad that he is going, but pleased that he is going to a good home with other horses and a good rider for him, they will have a great deal of fun with him because they are getting a great little horse.

Richard dropped in on his way home yesterday, and apparently Leaf is doing fine and has only chewed an envelope that arrived and not the book inside – thank goodness!! Shasta on the other hand chewed up the letter with my internet banking form inside, so we had to ask for another one! The dogs are loving the snow, I wonder what Leaf thought, because for her and Shasta it will be a first. Shasta loved it of course, and they all went for a lovely walk in the woods with Ben.

Holly took Orion down to the field, and he looked wonderful in the snow, and Dabinet – goshawk is going really well, although his tail is not wonderful. But we want to get him flying free before imping him. Now we need to get Cool Ground going in the snow and he will look great!! Pleiades is going well, she had a swollen foot, but Neil has sorted it out and said it is not anything to worry about now the histology report has come back.

It’s supposed to be cold tomorrow and Sunday so the snow will stay, but the roads will slowly get cleared I guess. Holly flies out to the US for the incubation course on Tuesday, so we are hoping that flights are not cancelled and she can go with no problems. I would rather the snow came now, than once we are open again!


Ukfalc said...

An entertaining read as awlays. I love the picture of Orion in the Snow.


I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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