Monday, 25 October 2010

Another chilly start in Frugaldom, temperature now at -6C

Beautiful start to the day with clear skies and the promise of some sunshine, but it's still reading MINUS 6C on the thermometer, the hosepipe is frozen solid and the water buckets all have a thick layer of ice over them. Still, they weren't frozen solid, which is the main thing. I guess that means the temperature is just dropping for a few hours in the morning.  
Being in a frost pocket means we do tend to have more frost, we do tend to be a couple of degrees cooler than the surrounding areas and we do take longet to thaw out after a freeze, but that's just the way it is. With thick layers of shavings in all the nest boxes, the birds seem to be fairing well, all things considered. Even the quail, a naturaly mogratory bird, appear to be thriving in their new shelter and outdoor run.
This morning, I was blessed with a single duck egg and one solitary blue egg from the only lavender Araucana that's currently laying. Let's hope it's just the start of some winter supplies and not a mere blip.
The square foot garden is frozen solid, its crispy white greenery looking ready to snap rather than burst into life producing winter veg. I'm glad we ate the first of the cauliflowers and the carrots are growing, but it's difficult to imagine anything growing at this tme of year. The moles, however, are still very active, as can easily be told by the increasing number of soil hills scattered about the garden! Take my word for it, these solar powered sonic mole & rodent repellents DO NOT WORK. They are complete and utter waste of money.

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