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Friday, February 26, 2010

Snowmageddon Part II

How can it be? Another blizzard just 2 weeks after the last one. This time I felt prepared. With my trusty cordless drill, I had patched holes in the barn, placed barriers in broken windows and installed a tarp above the gate where the wind and snow came in the last time. This time the snow would not invade the cozy, newly bedded areas in the barn. OR so I thought. When I went out at 2AM, the 50 mph wind was blowning snow everywhere and the tarp was like a sail lifting the gate to which it was tied right off its hinges. The noise it made had both the sheep and the llama cowering in one stall. It was as bad as the last blizzard. 2 ewes are due to lamb today so I instructed them to please NOT lamb til tomorrow as I added more dry straw. I have been lambing here for 23 years and have only ever had 1 blizzard in all that time. This is incredible. I cannot even get down to the Shetland barn til I can see it. Those little buggers will be just fine. They are so tough and funny.
One bright note.....the 2 ewes listened to me!!!! They did not have little lambcicles for me to carry into lambing pens freezing my hands even more. Would someone in Arizona or New Mexico please send me the real estate section?

1 comment:

Garrett808 said...

i feel for you. I wish WE were getting that snow. We have all the weed stalks and grass heads still standing erect in the pastures (meaning not enough snow to knock them down). My winter paddocks are maybe an inch of ice and that's it. Usually by now I give up on the gates, or they are drifted over but all of them are still working.

Its not easy when the areas getting the snow aren't used to it. now you know why I don't lamb in February :)