It has been snowing heavily all day here, so another corner of France grinds to a halt. We had an orange warning this morning for heavy snow, and the weather girl on FR2 said the snow would start between 11 and midi - and for once she was right. It started slowly at first with tiny little icy round balls of snow, then the temperature went up a degree to 1 degree !! and it started to snow in massive big flakes. It had been minus 9 degrees Celsius last night so the ground was hard and has formed a good base.
It took us ages to sort out the animals this morning as all the drinking bowls were frozen solid. No point in breaking the ice on the duck's pink bath as it would just have refrozen quickly so we filled pans with luke warm water for them, Jemima duck tried to get in the bowl but she didn't fit. The Araucana chickens who are house with the ducks came out, made a lot of fuss and then went back in, I fed them in their house. The ducks were sitting quite happily out in the heavy snow.
Larry llama is sitting out in the snow, chewing the cud and the snow is mounting up on is back, we usually have to brush it off him if it gets too thick, so will be going down to check him again soon. Another snowy day he sat out for ages and it started to freeze, we went down to put the chickens away and he was sparkling in the torchlight, then he tried with a little difficulty to get up and we heard a ripping noise, it appeared he had melted some of the snow around him and it had frozen his long fleece into the snow....!! He came over for a kiss and left an oval shaped clear patch of grass, he returned to it after we left.
Most of the chickens followed us up to the house as usual but headed straight for the doorstep and they have sat there all day looking in, scattering occasionally if we let dogs or cats in and out. Frida our hunting dog, a Bruno de Jura, refuses to go out at all, this morning we pushed her out and she turned round immediately and barked at the door. Shiro of sourse being a snow dog, loved it and turned into a puppy again and tried to jump about biting snow flakes.
The snow is quite light now as the temperatures are dropping again, we are on an orange alert until tomorrow evening, so we could have quite a bit of snow by then, we have 5 inches now, but there are 110Kmp gales forecast for tomorrow as well.
So I am off to check Larry's snow level and brush him off, I hope the chickens follow me, but as the snow is quite deep I have visions of us having to pick them all up and take them to the coop. I will let you know how we get on.....