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Derbyshire has been particularly hard hit with the recent bad weather. The large overnight snowfall of last Friday has been made worse by the terrific winds which have sculpted the snow into huge drifts which have blocked roads and made feeding and looking after the farm animals a trial.
It is quite bizarre as the middle of the fields are slightly green with tufts of grass poking through the thin white blanket, yet the wall sides are piled high with snow that will take some shifting when the sun finally reappears.
Snow drifts piled high
Daily chore of digging out the snow
David has spent several hours a day digging out the drive with the 4x4 tractor, only for it to blow back in within minutes. The Peak District hasn't been so hard hit for a long time, although David's mother has many tales of taking the heavy milk churns by tractor through the snow to be picked up at the end of the lane.
Our holiday guests have been unable to venture out by car as so many of the local roads are blocked, but have had fun walking through the snow drifts up on the High Peak Trail.
Fortunately our log cabins are cosy and warm, so everyone is happy to chill out and make the most of the unusual circumstances. Having an off-road car has been invaluable as we were able to do a shopping run for emergency rations for everyone - basic, sensible supplies for guests, chocolate for David and beer for Roger our resident watercolour artist! Roger will definitely be painting snow scenes this week.
I have got a hen sitting on 4 Buff Orpington eggs and am anxiously waiting for them to hatch today, but obviously the extreme cold could spell disaster. Elliot's sheep are also due to lamb in the next few days, so it will be a cold and chilly start for the new arrivals at Hoe Grange Farm this Spring - strange when you think that this time last year we were in the middle of a Mediterranean heat wave!
Not going anywhere!
Hungry sheep waiting for their hay
Deep drifts up on High Peak Trail
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