Yes thanks to another heavy frost the earth stood hard as iron and the water was like a stone. So I sang, and I stomped and I fed the animals and smashed the stoney water so they could have a drink.
And I took a few photos so you can all see just how it looked too.
|looking southeast out over the sea|
|looking north west|
|looking south towards Hallival|
|hoar frost on the grass|
|the colour has been washed out of the land, the chickens and ducks and geese are still in full colour though!|
|waiting for Ady at the croft gate|
|arriving at the beach, looking out over Loch Scresort|
|a successful mornings pickings, earth still hard as iron!|
The cold is all well and good - I'll take it over the rain any day, it's beautiful with clear skies meaning amazing sunrise, sunset and starry, starry nights. The sun shines and best of all the ground is hard to walk on but it means our water pipes are freezing and our bottle gas is playing up so the boiler, fridge and cooker are all being tricky. We've been shaking the bottles, lagged the valve and covered the bottles with blankets and so far today it's been fine. It makes us grateful we're not relying on the gas for heating any more. We can make do with boiling water on the wood burner and when it's this cold we don't even need a fridge. We have a wee stove we could bring in to cook on if needs be but it makes me realise when you live this close to nature every season and weather condition brings it's highs and lows. If it's not midges it's wind, if it's not cold then it is wet. On balance I am happy with what we have just now - I'd gotten bored of singing in the rain, there are five whole verses of In the Bleak Midwinter to keep me going!