1 Finally the right kind of snowy day—after four days of grey, the sun emerged! The farm looked glorious.
2 The birds came out of hiding in force—cardinals, wood peckers, finches, blue jays, crows, doves, etc. They are eating us out of house and home!!!
3 Sparrows, cardinals, chickadees—during this cold spell, "birds of a feather DON'T stick together" as they usually do.
4 Each feeder holds a different kind of seed or seed mix: sunflower seed, special wild bird mix, thistle, corn, millet, etc. They do have a veritable feast.
5 I love how the birds puff up to keep warm.
6 When the sun comes out, more of the structure of the farm's fencing and allees is visible, and everything casts long and interesting shadows across the white snow.
7 Ghenghis Khan stays outside a lot during the snowy days; he loves the cold! He must stay on a leash most of the time, because he has a very bad habit of running off to distant places.
8 The stable looks so quiet and serene in the sunlight. Inside, we are washing the walls and windows—doing a major spring cleaning!
9 How different Ben Chunch and Sasa look without icicles hanging from their manes and beards!
10 I think they want carrots or maybe biscuits? Or maybe a sugar cube?? They will accept anything, even a crust of bread!
11 Ben Chunch, the fell pony is recently adopted. There is a very nice story of his trip from western Pennsylvania to Bedford in the latest edition of The Fell Pony Express. He is so friendly, not quite ready for the kids to ride on the trails, but willing and very able.
12 His Rambo coat just came. It matches the Friesians coats, and he looks very, very handsome in it.
13 A closeup of Sasa.
14 The snow weighed heavily on the peacock protective netting and Phurba had repair the holes so animals cannot get in!
15 This hoop net was hastily constructed to create a yard for the peacocks—in this cold weather, however, they are not coming out of their heated house very often.
16 They are very friendly and curious birds and bored, I am sure, of the intense cold. They did venture out to visit with Phurba.
17 We keep the roads plowed, but always with a thick layer of snow so we can sled or ski!
18 The poor chicken come out of their coops, but primarily to eat. They too have heat lamps, but the bitter cold is really too much!
19 The guard geese—Pomeranians—don't quite know what to make of this cold snap. They come out all day and squawk and honk!
20 These are wonderful guard geese, but no match at all for the Frenchies. Do you recall Sharkey actually killed the female a couple years ago?
21 I was given the Pomeranians several years ago, and they have thrived.
22 Mixed with the chickens, they make a colorful picture. We feed the geese a special waterfowl feed. The chickens seem to like it, too.
23 Each of the Japanese maples survived the snow and wind—the surrounds clearly show us where every tree is.
24 All the farm gates are required to remain locked so clever animals cannot get into the yards and pens.
25 The four little coops each house about 40 chickens. They are meant only for nighttime protection because the chickens are free to roam in fenced yards during the days.
26 The four other Friesians are put out together: Ramon, Rinze, Rutger and Meindirt.
27 The shadowy Linden Allee.
28 Rufus up close and personal!!!!!!
29 Billie, Rufus and Clive awaiting snacks? Carrots? Apples? Sugar?? French croissant, their favorite?
30 The corn crib—future home of the peacocks, I think—and the equipment shed in the distance.