Visitors on a cold and snowy day

Here on Clear Creek we were blasted by transplanted arctic weather last night and this morning, apparently it’s warmer on the North Pole than it was here last night. Chris checked the outdoor thermometer when he brought in wood for the morning fire and it read a startling -20F. That’s a Minus Twenty Degrees Fahrenheit or Minus Twenty-eight Celsius.

Shortly after breakfast we lost water pressure. Chris called his father and the old farmhouse had lost pressure as well, so he loaded an ash bucket half full of glowing coals and trekked down to the well house in near knee deep powdered snow and frigid cold. I stayed inside fretted and wondered why I hadn’t showered and washed my hair before breakfast.

As I stared out the back window across to the lower pasture where Chris had gone, I saw a parade, a parade of horses! Our neighbors horses must have gotten out during the early hours and were looking for food. There are rolls of hay in the lower pasture and the horses must have known where to find them. Maybe they have that kind of instinct, or maybe they can smell it. I’m not knowledgeable on the equine science of food foraging. But they came, and they came to eat.

The hot coals did the trick and our water pressure returned to normal. But instead of jumping immediately into the shower I shrugged into my barn coat, donned cap, scarf and wellies, thrust my camera in a deep pocket and pulled on my mittens. The dogs were all inside the farmhouse, probably snoozing by the fire, so I could greet our visitors without the dogs trying to scare them off with barking, herding maneuvers and tail pulling.

It’s been a few years since we’ve had any horses here on the farm and I miss having having them around. Usually when any visit the dogs keep me from getting to pet and talk to the horses.

These guys were hungry and didn’t mind my presence too much, although a few gave me the gimlet eye…

…but still they munched the hay.

I love this life!
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7 thoughts on “Visitors on a cold and snowy day

  1. You're really good with the camera. You allow me to see the beauty of the horse. And the beauty of the hay. And the beauty of the sunlight.

    ….which is a whole lot nicer than seeing a bunch of hay thieves that need to be chased back home through knee deep snow. πŸ˜‰

  2. perfectly lovely denise, and didn't they smell delightful, and warm breath, and horsy sounds, contentedmoans, and chewing, good food, good company , ahhhhh!

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