Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Bring On The Snow


MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
The climb to Great Shunner Fell, another hill with no view. After a day without rain it was back with a vengeance at this point as you will be able to tell by looking at the path.

Looking back to Thwaite, the weather had cleared by now and I'd seen the last of the rain for this day.


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: -3C
Temp High: 2C
Feels Like: -7 to 2C
Precipitation: 3 mm
Wind Speed: 22 mph
Wind Direction: NW
UV Index: Low
Weather: Sleet and snow showers, overcast.

MY WORK BOOK
See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Wed 11/02/2009 08:30
Wed 11/02/2009 08:50
20 minutes
Entry No.454
1) Took across some hay
2) Checked and counted the sheep – there are now 33
3) Removed the ice from the water.

Clear ice
Office steps
Public Gardens
Wed 11/02/2009 08:50
Wed 11/02/2009 09:10
20 minutes
Entry No.455
Removed the ice and put down some grit.

See to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Wed 11/02/2009 09:10
Wed 11/02/2009 09:30
20 minutes
Entry No.456
Had a check round and removed a few dead leaves.

Polishing door fittings
Greenhouse
Indoors
Wed 11/02/2009 09:30
Wed 11/02/2009 10:15
45 minutes
Entry No.457
Took off one of the door catches and polished it up. (Note 1)

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Wed 11/02/2009 10:15
Wed 11/02/2009 10:45
30 minutes
Entry No.458

Tidying up
North front rock garden
Public Gardens
Wed 11/02/2009 10:30
Wed 11/02/2009 12:45
2.25 hours
Entry No.459
Finished tidying up in the reclaimed rock garden.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Wed 11/02/2009 12:45
Wed 11/02/2009 13:30
45 minutes
Entry No.460

Seeing to the sheep
Farm
Misc
Wed 11/02/2009 13:30
Wed 11/02/2009 15:00
1.5 hours
Entry No.461
Fetched 12 bales of hay.

Clearing ice
Courtyard
Public Gardens
Wed 11/02/2009 15:00
Wed 11/02/2009 15:30
30 minutes
Entry No.462
Put down some grit on the footpath from the front passage to the car parking area as the wet snow has turned to packed ice. (Note 2)

Cutting back
North front rock garden
Public Gardens
Wed 11/02/2009 15:30
Wed 11/02/2009 16:00
30 minutes
Entry No.463
There were a couple of Sycamore stumps that I’d left a bit long during my initial cutting back so I went back and reduced them so they don’t show up. I will need to treat them with something eventually to prevent re-growth.

Cleaned and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Wed 11/02/2009 16:00
Wed 11/02/2009 16:20
20 minutes
Entry No.464

See to the bins
Hall
Wed 11/02/2009 16:20
Wed 11/02/2009 16:35
15 minutes
Entry No.465
Put out 3 black bins, 1 each from the hall, Franks and Pumpend. (Note3)

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Wed 11/02/2009 16:30
Wed 11/02/2009 16:50
20 minutes
Entry No.466
Took across some more hay. (Note 4)


NOTES
1) Last winter I removed all the brass door fittings and removed the tarnish and polished them up so I try and keep them bright and shiny when time permits which isn’t very often during the summer months but when the weather is like this it’s a good time to shine them up again.
2) I bumped in to the secretary on my way round for my lunch break and she said they bought me some grit/salt. Risking a rude reply I asked where she wanted me to put it and she replied by suggesting I put some on the main drive. After pointing out to her that the main drive was clear of both snow and ice she had no more idea than I where it was for so we agreed to save it for another time – so bring on the snow!
3) I was surprised when I went to the hall to put the bins out, so surprised in fact that I had to check my PDA to see if it was a black bin week. They have 3 bins and usually they’re all bursting at the seams but this time there was only one bin half filled.
4) There was no real need to take across anymore hay now that there are only half as many sheep but it was a bit too early to finish so I thought if I got a good stock on in the feeder I wouldn’t need to take so much over the weekend.
NO COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED TODAY

6 comments:

Sara said...

Poor Bob,
I tried to leave a comment while I was at work earlier, but received a strange message from the "internet police" saying your webpage was blocked!

Guess you have some content on your blog that my school does not approve of! I found it amusing, considering some of the sites the students are able to access, that I consider quite inappropriate for school.

Gorgeous photos from both days!

Where did the other sheep go?

Jim said...

Hi Bob, thanks for waking me up. I don't want to trade weather with you, ours looks like this: (Lows: 50's°)
Today - High: 71° - Mostly Clear
Thursday - High: 74° - Partly Cloudy
Friday - High: 76° - Scattered T-storms
Saturday - High: 67° - Partly Cloudy
Sunday - High: 68° - Few Showers

We had a storm last night. It was a lot worse in North Texas. These people had hail, tornados, and lots of rain.

That milkman did have 'snow brains' I do believe. How did he get out? There sure were a lot of tracks around there, I don't see how anyone could pick out a rabbit track in that snow?

I am liking your Pennine Way Picture feature. Thank you.

The one with the road going down hill reminded me of when we were in Scotland we took this narrow short cut to Balmoral and some sheep were out in the ditch. They were frightened and running up and down.
We drove over to the farmhouse and alerted the owners. They said they were the 'shepherds' and would get them back into their pasture.
On that road it was one lane with spots every half mile or so where cars could pass eachother by.
..

Pelageya said...

Bob, thanks for your comment about my dead-looking cordyline. It was exactly what I asked you about several weeks ago, in January. I was wondering if there were any chances it will give a new growth.I agree with you, I'll let it be for a while. Thanks for your time.
Happy Gardening!

Matron said...

Bob, when do you expect the lambing to start? what breed are they? and can we see some pics when they do come?

Jeanette said...

Gday Bob,,another group of photo's ive missed ... lovely waterfall.. . Maybe a silly question bob but why the Grit,Salt and what do use it on?...

Theyve arrested one person for arson but havent heard much about it...I think with all the devastion and heart ache and Animal stories all making headlines he has been pushed into the background or in hiding i think theres a lot of people would like to get to him..

The Weaver of Grass said...

Oh Bob - how i miss reading what you are eating for lunch - it may be just my tiny mind but I so loved to imagine you there eating your honey and lemon pancakes or whatever. Hope you haven't stopped eating as well as recording it.Keep warm. Regards.