We are still in the grip of Arctic Air, but the forecast promises some relief soon. After only about an hour outside, the horses’ noses and whiskers were covered in frost. They don’t seem to mind, and, like the barn cats soak up as much sunshine as they can.
The barn cats, Boo and Otis have been spending much time cuddled up together on top of the hay, and are growing quite fat. I am giving them extra food, as the calories help generate heat, and they have a carpeted Kitty Condo to curl up in at night.
The days are growing noticeably longer, and on a sunny day, it stays light till well past six o’clock. This will allow me to adjust feeding time for the horses so they come in later at night. The less time they spend cooped up in their stalls, the better for their aging joints.
Whenever there is fresh snow overnight, I see many Fox tracks, both in the Park and across our own front yard. Abbie always finds them quite fascinating and would stop to examine each and every print if I had the patience to allow it! 🙂
Once the leaves are gone, I am often surprised to spot bird nests located quite close to human activity. I found this one right next to the road in the Park, and must have walked by it many times this Summer, never knowing it was there.