It's been a winter, so far, of noticeable weather. We've had at least three snowfalls already, followed by some balmy 70 degree days just before Christmas. Now we're about to get more snow. The forecast for tomorrow calls for a low of 1 degree, plus 20 mile per hour winds.
Life at Howell Farm continues on much the same however, even in the coldest weather. The barns stay relatively warm with body heat from huge animals, straw and some manure. One extra chore includes icy water troughs that need breaking up by the farmers. This evening, Intern Virginia will toss the animals a little extra hay. Tomorrow the snow plows will come out, but perhaps also the horse-drawn bobsled.
Right now, prospects for the best ice harvest in some years are looking promising, but there are still a few weeks to go.