I decided I would give a weekly reflection series a try. This will give y’all a peek inside what all has happened on the homestead throughout the week. Not only will it give you a look at progress, updates, & simple day-to-day activities around here, but I’m thinking it will also be nice to have for our family to look back on.
I don’t know about you, but I try to set aside a time each day to have a quiet personal reflection. It calms me – sort of forces me to slow down & breath when life begins to get overwhelming. During my personal reflection time yesterday, I was inspired to begin this series on the blog. I think you’ll love it just as much I do!
Here we go! This past week was a cold one to say the least – Not just for us, but especially our animals. I made it my goal to capture as much as I could with my camera to share with y’all.
Here’s a look inside a rare, “true” winter week down south on the homestead…
This was a fun shot I captured of Klaire & myself on Monday before the extreme cold temperatures set in. We couldn’t resist having a little fun since it was Klaire’s first time to actually “play” in the snow. We were bundled up in true farm girl style!
It snowed, y’all! Before I get too far into this, let me preface my excitement by saying that I completely understand (for all of our Northern friends & Canadian family) that our kind of snow down here is completely different, an entire world away, from what y’all have up there. In no way, do I think we actually had what you think of as winter weather. I still have no idea how y’all endure through a northern winter like you do.
Now, what I will say is that it was COLD – Not at all what we are used to during a typical January in Alabama. The single digit days, particularly, were tough on all of us. It really made me appreciate the ability to go outside & not lose feeling of your own face after a few moments. I also have a whole new respect for those of you who battle the winter months like that, much less while trying to keep a homestead/farm up & running.
By Tuesday, we had frozen ponds scattered all over the farm. Thankfully, our cattle have alternate sources for water, but ponds are their typical destination for hydration. We all pitched in, whether it be busting up the frozen water in the watering troughs for refilling or attempting to bust up sections of the pond (I wouldn’t advise anyone to try that by the way).
One thing you might not know about me – I have this thing for cows. When I say “cows” I mean all of them… the mamas, the calves, & even the bulls. Watching cattle in general just seems to soothe me. It has ever since I can remember. I am a cattleman’s daughter after all…Thanks, Dad. 🙂
Seeing them deal with the elements this week was incredible. I know that cattle are resilient animals & deal with weather entirely different than we do, but I couldn’t help but have sympathy for them out there. Thankfully, they all made it through a couple severely cold, windy nights – even the newborn calves that have been popping up like crazy around here.
Our hens & rooster stuck it out just fine, too. Other than keeping an extra heat lamp in their coop, we didn’t have to make many modifications for them. They seemed to enjoy the cold snap shockingly. One negative – It did cause their egg production to drop. Cold weather (or drastic changes in temperature) will do that to them. I wish I could have taken more pictures of the “girls” for y’all to see. I will be dedicating an entire post to them soon enough.
Don’t worry… the three pigs made it just fine, too! Still trying not to get too attached to these cuties. We will be putting one in the freezer in a couple more months. I’ll be talking more about that in the weeks to come.
This is one of countless homestead sunsets that I could gaze at all day long. The beauty of a sunset, in my opinion, can never quite be fully captured in a photo. I thought I got pretty close here, right?
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