Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Coping with Snow

. . .  and feeding the mares.

The long-lingering heavy snow has made serving meals to Cupcake and Melody difficult. Since we feed round bales, we only have to put one or two out every week or so. But getting them out when needed is a real trick.

One problem we had last Sunday was the ice and snow that slid off the run-in shed's roof prevented opening the access gate. The solution: take the gate off the hinges so the tractor could get in.

Here goes the first bale:

See the ice hanging from the shed's roof? It'll keep sliding until it joins the pile already on the ground.

The horses wait for their lunch to be delivered.

Here comes the second bale:

The next morning, the snow came (again!). The view from the front of our house. . . 

. . . and from the back:

Will spring finally gets here, I'll stop complaining about the snow—and start complaining about the mud.


Blogger Snappy Di said...

Becky, you and your husband sure work hard. Having farm animals/horses is just not something I could do... especially during the snowy months. I commend you!

The Blue Ridge Gal

2:47 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

I can hardly wait for spring.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

This has been a winter to remember. I think we will all be thankful when spring arrives.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

It is so hard taking care of the horses in this snow.

9:45 PM  

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