A new year has dawned and we are already a month past the solstice. My attitude improves with each lengthening day. This is "up North" for many people, but winters have been getting progressively milder for a couple of decades now. We are just going into our first cold spell of more than a day or two for the first time this winter. After about 8 inches of snow over the past couple of days the bottom is dropping out of the thermometer. It lets you know this by blow all the accumulated snow into the woods or the big lake. I have a lot of bare ground again! Yesterday the temperature dropped from 27 at 3:00 pm to -1 by 10:00 pm and the wind went from nothing to 20-30 mph all night. Even with 9-1/2" walls you still hear the wind.
The horses are fat and hairy, but even they decided going in the barn overnight was a good thing. I gave them some breakfast at the usual time, but seeing as how I don't have to go to work today I didn't put them out until nearly 10. They were ready by then. They will likely be put in most nights this week as the cold and wind continue. It means about an extra hour and a half for two people to clean and reset the bark each day. As I noted to myself the other day after doing it alone, " I ain't fifty anymore." It was easier when I was younger.
The horses haven't had to do much tis winter, but a couple of weeks ago they helped teach a couple of our musher neighbors how to ride. They were somewhat bored as you can see by their sleepy eyes.
I haven't been taking a lot of pictures as there isn't much daylight and it's damn cold some days. I have been buying and selling some lenses and cameras in order to make a few bucks to help get some really nice lenses. It is a slow and tedious way to do it and it would be far more efficient to work a part time job for a few hours a week. At least I can do it from home and I get to play with a few "toys" before I send them on to their next home. It keeps me out of the bars. Here is a shot from a while back looking from the barn to the neighbors' house at sunset at about 4 in the afternoon.