First thing, up and at ’em.
No time for breakfast, just out and start getting everyone and everything prepared for Storm Caroline.
OH mended/bodged a few doors to keep them hopefully shut for the duration.
I was trying to work out where was North West as that is the predominant wind direction. We shut all sheds that would lose their roofs in this direction gale.
The girls and I carried two bales of hay and molasses mineral lick bucket up to the chaps at Clothie. After careful thought and consideration we decided they were best off staying there.
There is a good selection of shelter in the form of dry stone walls, a large long croft house and some old sheds. Ok, none of them have a roof, but they are solid and perfect for keeping out of the wind. There is also some grass.
Little Newt and “his” lick bucket!
I am most worried about Albie who was very jittery when we were dishing out the hay. I later went back with carrots and he had calmed down.
We also took a bale of hay and two lick buckets (one for the Icelandic mares and foals) to Leradale. We gave the hay to the Shetland ponies and Storm whinnied at the lick bucket!
Over at Leradale, there is masses of shelter – one side of the hill full of grass for the Shetlands and the Icelandics, again, have a croft house and barns to stand behind in a field of long grass.
When we got home, I rechecked the herd up at Clothie and then let the sheep out of their field.
I showed them we had moved their mineral lick into their shed which they share with the hens.
We have sheep and hen food inside ready for tomorrow so we can easily feed them.
I have distributed carrots and told everyone to stay safe.
As I type, the lights are flickering, the wind is howling and it is getting much colder.
Think of us, please xx