I’ll have my ice in a glass

We’ve had a fortnight of sub-freezing conditions with the night-time temperature often falling to -8ºC and the day-time temperature rarely hitting zero.

As a result, the soil has begun its winter freeze, aided and abetted by snow cover and a lack of sunshine.

We’re used to it, as are the animals. It can even be quite pleasant, provided the wind doesn’t blow.

Yesterday, though, things changed. And not for the better.

A front passed over the croft just after lunch, abruptly bumping the temperature up to 3ºC from -2.1C. The snow started to melt. Rain started to fall. Water started to flow.

And stopped. Frozen in seconds.

The rain continued on and off through the night, finally stopping when the front moved on and the temperature again fell below freezing.

All that rain froze, too.

This morning, I slid out the back door, slid along the path, slid across the hardstanding and into the byre. I slid to the feed shed. I slid up the ramp to the fields and pens. I slid around the chicken houses.

The chickens slid out of their houses. They flapped into taxi slides. They slid into troughs. And fences. And me.

I slid back and forth between pig pens, fields and the feed shed. I slip up and down the hill. And across it. I slid into gates. I slid into fences. I slid into pigs.

The pigs slid out of their huts. The porkers sat on their rumps and slid down the hill. They slid into me. They slid into the gate. They slid into a… ‘zap, zap!’

The boar and the sows slid down the hill. And across the hill. They slid into each other. They slid into me. I slid into a… ‘zap, zap!’

Yes, it was true. We’d all slid into a ‘winter wonderland’ of sparkling, glistening, gleaming, shining, dangerous ice.

Lovely stuff, ice. In a glass. With a drink.

11 Responses to “I’ll have my ice in a glass”

  1. I’ve just had a link emailed to me:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2076781/Will-warmest-Christmas-record-Temperatures-hit-double-figures-country.html

    Apparently it was 10ºC in Scotland today. Yeah, right. The only balmy-ness is in the Mail’s newsroom.

  2. Get your self a cheap pair of golf shoes with spikes from a second hand shop !

    You used to be able to get all plastic ones once.

    They would do when conditions like that are occurring!

  3. LittleFfarm Dairy Reply 23 December, 2011 at 15:20

    We tried crampons last year but they’re awkward & unwieldy to put on. This year we’ve got some brilliant things that you just slick over your boots like studded rubber socks – the same as the camera cres use for filming “Dancing on Ice”, apparently. We also have “snow socks” for the Navara; much easier to put on than snow chains. Just hope we don’t have to use any of these “gubbins” for a welcome change…!

  4. LittleFfarm Dairy Reply 23 December, 2011 at 15:22

    Classic pic of Harvey BTW – the look on his face…!!

  5. LittleFfarm Dairy Reply 23 December, 2011 at 15:24

    I’ve also had people suggest glof shoes before but if it’s icy AND snowy you’d just get freezing, soaking-wet feet – not pleasant.

    • Urgh. I’ll stick to insulated wellies, two pairs of socks, bamboo fibre longjohns, jeans, and waterproof overtrousers, not least because the neighbours would have a heart attack if I ran about in just golf shoes…

  6. LittleFfarm Dairy Reply 23 December, 2011 at 15:28

    …even “GOLF” shoes (whoops). I’ll have iysh in dat pleeshe! *hic*

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