Good Morning Winter


We awoke this morning to a Winter Wonder Land!


The Guineas spent the night outside the coop and I was worried about how they survived the snow so I was relieved to see the first one peeking out at me.


A flock of Guineas on top of the Coop. I put some scratch out for them under the coop, I hope they find it.


Sara LOVES the snow, we can’t keep her inside. She blends right in with the Birch trees.


The sheep are not at all excited to see the snow.


The snow was so heavy that we had to walk the fence lines to make sure no damage had been done.


Several of my Birch trees couldn’t handle the weight.


There are a lot of broken branches that will need to be cleaned up.


It sure is beautiful outside, so long as I don’t have to drive.

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19 comments on “Good Morning Winter

  1. It is pretty, but looks so cold! I hope the guineas are ok! I bet they really don't like snow! I am not looking forward to our first snow!

  2. NancyDe says:

    My son says he wishes we had the snow – he's jealous. It is so pretty, but I doubt I could handle the cold.

  3. Chai Chai says:

    Lynn, The Guineas all decided to to sleep in the coop tonight. I guess they had enough of the snow for now.Nancy, Snow is nice in small doses – the 20 below temperatures are brutal.

  4. Grandpa says:

    Ooh winter already, that's early isn't it? I feel cold just looking at the snow!

  5. Chai Chai says:

    GrandPa, This is the second big snowstorm in less than a month! I think it MAY melt off but Winter is certainly here.

  6. Cat says:

    Your winter, is actually winter. We rarely get snow, we get rain, rain, rain, rain… Then it freezes. Oh, well. But the picture with Sara reminds me of Rudee. Cold, he's ready to play. The very few times we had snow he was rediculous, he didn't know what it was, but he was going to sniff every bit of it. (Which, of course, lead him to a sneezing fit, and me to a laughing one…)Cat

  7. Faith says:

    Nothing to do but get out there and throw a few snowballs at each other. It sure is beautiful. It sure will be muddy when it melts! LOL ~Faith

  8. Wow, that is a lot of snow! Very pretty, but I agree it looks cold. Too funny that your guineas decided to spend the next night in the coop 🙂

  9. NancyDe says:

    20 below! Oh, I would seriously die. I am cold when it is in the 40's (which is just a few early mornings in January – and only up the mountain where I am). I can not even imagine that.

  10. Chai Chai says:

    Cat, I would rather have snow than freezing rain – sunshine on a snowfield "feels" warm. Sara won't come inside unless she gets little snowballs between her toes.Faith, Your wish is my command – pictures of Sara and snowballs coming soon!KFS, I think the Guineas learned that they would rather be warm than free. Did you see my post that linked to your Ram's in heat pictures?Nancy, It gets so cold here with the windchill that folks actually can die. I am worried about how the animals will navigate the Winter here as it will be the first for all of us.

  11. NancyDe says:

    Oh, Chai Chai, I thought you'd been there longer. I would worry about the animals, too. I would say they probably have instincts that will help, but I don't know, after watching my horses, chickens, etc….if yours are anything like mine….It is literally beyond my comprehension to think of cold that intense. I guess it is like people and the ocean – it looks beautiful, but you need to know what you're doing. I once visited my in-laws on the mainland and ended up skidding on ice in the car. I had to remember what I'd read – I had had no experience of actually driving in those conditions.

  12. Chai Chai says:

    Nancy, This is our third Winter in MN but the first year with farm animals. I am very worried about keeping them warm and fed, hope the hay estimate is correct…….

  13. NancyDe says:

    I am sure you planned well, but I will keep you all in my prayers….I know how it is to worry, even when you know you planned as well as you could.

  14. Alaena says:

    Beautiful pictures! (Except for the Guineas, which always look like scary clowns to me)

  15. Chai Chai says:

    Alaena, Nice to see you back! That is a great description of the Guineas.

  16. Well, after adding my comment to the wrong post, I may as well try again :p"Wow, now that is an impressive early snowfall. We had perhaps a cm or two and nightly frosts but so far we're still lucky the goats can pasture sans the white stuff :)Great blog btw, if only there were enough hours…"

  17. Chai Chai says:

    Northern Farmer, Thanks for the comment – my goats hate the snow and it looks like it is going to be a long winter. I look forward to comparing our winter here in N MN to what you are experiencing in Quebec via your blog.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The pictures are beautiful. Looks like alot of shoveling for the Commander. The animals have adapted well…how about the humans?Sara is my kind of girl. Filled with wonder at the first snow. Farm looks great!

  19. Chai Chai says:

    The Commander actually had to shovel the driveway as the snow was too wet for the snow blower.

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