Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Farm chores at ten below

 This morning our thermometer read ten degrees below zero, which isn't super cold for here - although I have to say I wrapped a scarf around my face for the first time this winter, so colder than it has been. At ten below zero, you can see where the heat escapes from door cracks.
 Self-portrait. You can see my scarf is frosting up a bit. My eyelashes were getting just a bit wet and sticky. At twenty below eyelashes really start to build frost, and nose hairs get a little icy - not there yet.

 Ducks get fresh water... check. Plastic is brittle at these temperatures, so I have to be careful not to drop the lid or it will break.

Our milking area is unheated for now, although we have an uninstalled wood-stove sitting next to the milking stand. The first few streams of milk almost solidify as they hit the cold pail, the splatters that reach the sides freeze quickly. My bare palms stay warm with the action of milking, but the outside edge of my hands get cold.

 This is how I chill my milk in the winter. Milk cooling off while I milk the next goat.

 Fresh water for goats. Check.

Mother and daughter, ah.

And that was my morning out with the animals. Water and food to all. Milk and eggs to the house


Buttons said...

Hello Wild Roots Thank you for a glimpse into your world. I love it. I've also been there, doing chores in the freezing cold. It has poured rain heavy here all day and night so I don't think that will be a problem today. I may go back and see the cows swimming. Love your stories and your writing.

Anonymous said...

We had a cold snap. into the teens. I now have absolutely nothing to complain about.

Aubrey said...

Wow! I'm not sure I've ever felt temperatures below 10 degrees.

I haven't commented for awhile. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog! Thanks for sharing it.

Emily said...

It's always lovely to hear that you guys are enjoying what I'm sharing. Thanks. Cold temperatures are a given here, and sometimes add a little excitement to an otherwise dreary winter day, so I don't usually think to complain about the temperature - and it makes everything so pretty. I will however complain about the wind, as it is rare and when it comes it blows all the frost and snow off the trees, leaving a desolate scene behind.

Allison at Novice Life said...

Beautiful pictures! I am in NE Ohio and for us, cold is the horses water buckets freezing when we dip below 20-something degrees!

Miranda said...

Hi! I just found your blog while doing a search for goats milk in Fairbanks. We just moved here to north pole in Sept. and I'm trying to figure out how to feed the family a little more purely without breaking the budget. Before we moved from WA, I had a huge garden and chickens.

I'm excited to have found your blog. :)

Kevin Kossowan said...

I remember walking to University daily in the cold, and it had to hit -35C or colder before the condensation on my eyelashes would freeze and stick the bottom lashes to the top ones. Strange feeling.

Enjoy the lengthening days!