Kind of stating the obvious I know!
The animals all still need looking after though. My chickens at home get completely freaked out whenever it snows, they are so funny, this morning they took one look out of the door of their house and then absolutley refused to come out. Can’t blame them really as it has been perishing here today, very pretty though, especially out on top of the hills, where we have had about a foot of snow.
It always takes Willow by suprise too, but she soon gets used to it and loves dashing about and skidding on icy patches. This was earlier today when we were up on Marley Common checking on our 3 Belted Galloway Cattle, they are part of a joint project we are running with our nieghbours, The Lynchmere society, which is aimed at restoring the habitat on the hill.
They do a vital job for us out on the common, the trampling and munching they do is one of the main tools we use to keep the heathland open, which it needs to be for all of the rare and special wildlife which thrives there.
They are checked every day, we keep them voice trained so that they come to us when we call them, some of the looks we get from passers by are quite amusing, I think they assume we are calling for a lost dog and it always brings a smile to their faces when they see the cattle come trotting up.
We have two new heifers (young females) arriving soon, they have spent some time with a bull prior to their arrival, so should have little beefy buns in the oven.
We are really looking forward to meeting the new calves in the spring.