Inspired by one of my loyal blog readers, we attempted something completely new - ski joring. This means being pulled along by a horse whilst on skis. As you can guess, we had - for West Cork - lots of snowfall yesterday, and something had to be done with this wonderful white blanket across our field. Henry was happy to be given a new task - and we built up considerable speed! Apparently, they do ski joring races in Switzerland and Iceland and such places. What fun, and something refreshingly different from harrowing and ploughing and muck shifting - I can recommend it highly to all fellow work horse people who are getting bored with the snowy weather that put most jobs to a halt around the frozen farm....
After a brief thaw, where Henry and I were able to complete our job of shifting manure with the tip cart into the polytunnel, it's back to more snow. Today, we are taking it easy, after a sparkly brilliantly white day out in the trap yesterday, where we visited a friend who lives 5 miles away, to look at a logging job we are asked to do this winter.
Soon, our wood cutting work will start - which we will be able to do even in snowy and icy weather - and then, Henry and Winnie will be more than busy pulling logs, to help re-stack the firewood pile.
And the frosty weather continues...Beautiful mornings of sparkle and ice, wonderful clear calm days...but nothing much to do for work horses! We hadn't made a start with the fire wood yet, so there's no logging to do (yet). And everything else is frozen solid! The manure pile looks very pretty with ice crystals on every hump and bump, the field is under a blanket of thin snow, and the roads are covered with a sheet of ice...the mile down to the main road anyway. So the horses enjoy the easy life, hanging out in the mid-day sun, munching hay, dreaming of all that hard work that can't be done because of the frost...