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  • Winter arrives

    Winter finally arrived at our Iowa acreage this week. Yeah! After an extremely mild December, I was beginning to think the melting polar ice caps were going to drown us by spring. I ventured out to the barn during chore time to take a few photos in the snow and ice.
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    If you have winter photos and stories to share, please <a href="mailto:staff@livingthecountrylife.com">send them to me</a> or visit the <a href="http://dgroups.livingthecountrylife.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?webtag=tlbets" target="new window"><i>Tell Betsy</i></a> discussion group. I'll add your photos to the slideshow.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Snowy lilacs

    My old and overgrown lilac bushes are framing the path to the barn. As soon as the lilacs bloom in the spring, I'm going to prune them down drastically. Our remodeled circa 1917 barn keeps the sheep snug even at below-zero temps.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Snowy sheep

    Our pregnant Dorset ewes are so gentle and patient. They looked at me as if saying, "Please bring us more hay. Can't you see the snow on our backs?"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Cold chores

    My 17-year-old son, Warren, doesn't even put a cap on to do chores when it is below zero. Teenagers. At least he donned his insulated coveralls. You can see how close we live to town.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Goats

    Our goats don't stand patiently and eat their hay like sheep. They have to jump up and eat from the top. We have a billy and two nannies who will kid in the spring.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Cleaning waterers

    One of the key jobs on a frigid day is checking the livestock waterers to make sure they are clean and ice free. Warren checks the sheep's water, while daughter Caroline, 12, checks the goats'. (in the background).

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Snowy cornstalks

    We are grateful for the moisture the snow brings to our corn fields. This small field yielded more than 200 bushels per acre last fall.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
  • Brrrrr!

    The sun was going down when I walked back to the house. It seemed like there was a haze of tiny ice crystals in the air. Our free-range hens never ventured out of their warm house today.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 1, 2012
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