After a short visit elsewhere, winter came back

Like I already wrote in Snowdrop cushions and snowdrop thieves, the winter was long and cold. Up to 5 days with temperatures around +10°C followed and everybody thought it’s spring. But no, we were wrong. I should have chopped more wood, bought more paraffin, bought birdseeds. The French optimism seems to infect me. Where did that pessimistic me go?

Sheep are clever. When the waterbucket is frozen, they melt a hole in the ice with their soft warm muzzles. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Winter came back during the night. And it contained lots of snow. It was snowing all Monday. Even at the time I took this photo. The snowflakes were very small though. I didn’t want to ruin my camera and took only photos under some kind of roof. This was taken in the entrance of the cottage. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

And the snow was lying heavily around on everything. One of the trees in front of the castle fell to the side. I’ll have to call someone with a tractor to pull it up again after this -insert bad names for winter here- has gone. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Rudi runs to the hayrack (upper left corner). Bach thinks this is hilarious! The stone to the lower right always makes me wonder. There is never snow on it. It must be warmer than the rest of the ground. But why? Maybe it is so deep in the ground that it gets warmed by the inner core of the Earth? Okay, I might exaggerate a bit. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Rudi finally saw us and changed the direction. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

We were supposed to have nice visitors, but because of the traffic chaos on railroads and in the streets, we’ve been hanging around bored on the sofa. Especially Phex was disappointed. He loves cigarettes and always hopes that visitors come and smoke a lot. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Last Saturday Stirnlöckchen had digestion problems. She’s an old ewe, maybe 12 years old. On Sunday she didn’t want to stand up. I gave her sage and a massage for her tummy. On Monday she felt better. On Tuesday she didn’t want to get up. This photo was made on Tuesday and she was lying in the sheep barn behind me. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

On Tuesday the snow flakes were bigger. Hungry sheep gathered around the hayrack. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Today it was snowing less. The sheep had already walked their typical paths into the snow. From the hayrack to the buckets, the waterbassin and to the park. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Around noon (today) the sheep invaded the park, where patches of grass made their way through the layer of white. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

But after a short exploration tour they stayed under the trees and waited.. for me. Mäh, the goddess of hay. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Where’s the snackbar? Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Girls, I don’t think that human will bring more food. Let’s go back to the hayrack. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Kleinfleckchen looks quite happpy though. In the background you can see Rudi walking in his beloved sweater out of the picture. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Die another day. On the afternoon Stirnlöckchen decided that she wants to live. When I brought her food on the pasturage she was up and running. She even had crossed the approx. 200 m long field. I cancelled the appointment with the vet and went immediately with the car to a nearby village to buy sheepfood. Even the bigger roads like the Route départementale to Brionne were still clogged with snow. It was one hell of a ride. On the way back I bought a cake, chocolate and Earl Grey to have a party and celebrate life in general. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

8 thoughts on “After a short visit elsewhere, winter came back

  1. Isn’t life wonderful when everyone agrees it is worth it. Thank goodness for the cancelled vet visit and the successful trip to bring supplies.

  2. The nice visitors wouldn’t have brought cigs but hugs. So sorry we missed you this time C! Let me know when you get your package.

    • He takes hugs as well. I didn’t think you smoke, but he did. In his opinion everybody should smoke. He’s not happy with me, because I stopped in 2008. I’ll tell you when the package arrives.

  3. The snow certainly did come back with a vengeance! I’m pleased to hear that the ewe is better🙂

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