Daily Archives: December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

The lane back from the cows field - 20th December 2009


It snowed during the night on Thursday, when I collected Rhys from work the gritting lorries were out in force along the main roads and by midnight the un-gritted side roads and lanes were cover in a thin dusting of snow.  

The road in and out of the village hardly ever gets gritted, and only ever gets ploughed if the JCB business that are in the village have a delivery. By morning the light dusting of snow had been compacted and made the road very slippery in places. Me and mother went out early to drop Rhys at work and then collect extra hay and straw and visit all the animals in fields. 

We didn’t get back from our rounds until mid-morning and by mid-afternoon the road in and out of the village wasn’t passable as the snow was partly frozen and very compacted. Rhys caught the bus to the next village home and walked back, and then walked into the next village to caught the bus into work this morning. 

Over night more snow fall but for some reason we had a gritter come up the road just before lunch and so were able to get out of the village to visit everyone in fields and top-up their hay again. If we know that there is going to be a cold spell or snow we leave extra hay and have friends near the field that can go and check them and top hay up if we can’t get out of the village, but it is always best if we can go and check them. 

I booked the day off work today, I had planned to spend the winter Solstice planting out garlic, plant on the shortest day to harvest on the longest day, but the ground is frozen. My back-up plan was to spend some of the day spinning or knitting, or possibly even mending my gloves, and watching TV while eating yummy things but I only got round to the watching TV and eating yummy things parts after all the animal and outside jobs had been done.