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It has been cold, terribly cold.  The snow squeaks under foot.  Your nostrils freeze together. It is booger freezing cold.

Anyone who has entered the goat barn and left the door open longer than it takes to get their butt through has heard me scream at them to shut the damn thing.  But, the girls are warm with their layers of hay.  James is snuggly in his little barn.  The pigs have grown very thick hairy coats and their house is filled to the brim with hay.  Their area actually steams when they are all pig piled in, ready for bed.  The eggs are freezing in the nests, so middle son (home for holiday break from college) is gathering frequently during the day.

Coffee is not cutting it when temps are 30° with the wind chill.  I am thinking this might be what I need before heading out to the barn…

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     Just kidding!

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And since I have not posted words in a long time here a few pictures to show you around, maybe make you smile.  Our farm in pictures:

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Please do not use these photos without permission, they are the property of the photographer and Butting Heads Farm. Thank you very much!

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People often ask, “How long does it take you to do chores?”, “Is it hard?”, and the famous “Don’t you hate doing chores?”.  Answers to the first two are what this post is about, the third one well, hello if the farmer hated it she wouldn’t be doing it.

This afternoon the farmer took pictures to document chore time.  Mind you, she has her hands full and photography is not her strong suit annnddd the pigs were done and all water was already hauled, thanks to the FH and sons.

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Teat wipes

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Teat dip

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Milk Pail

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Egg Basket

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Bogg Boots (It’s Maine and it is snowy and cold)

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Hat and gloves (sharpied with Mom so the Farmer can claim them when borrowed by others)

Trek across the road is complete:

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Hay and grain for the bucks, Skippy Jon and JamesImage.

Drizzy and Anna happy as two pigs in…well, in snow, with full bellies.

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Gather eggs, feed and water chickens.

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Grain and hay for Olive, Junie B., Amelia, Fern, Willy, and Lilly

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A very close picture of cleaning a teat before milking.

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Milking

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A bad picture of teat dipping, a bad picture because Miss Olive abhors having her teats dipped even though the Farmer spoils her and keeps the dip in the warm house.

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Animal crackers, treats, oh, beloved treats.

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The fruits of afternoon chores.

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Miss Olive is all done and so is the Farmer.

Chores a tutorial in pictures.  Brought to you today in 15 degree weather, light snow and bright sunshine. When the stars are all in alignment and the water is not frozen and everybody decides to stay in their designated areas chores take about a half of an hour.  That is with one milking doe.  Chores are not difficult.  There is water to be carried 15 gallons morning and afternoon,  the hardest part may be climbing out of a very warm bed and heading out of doors in the winter.  Though winter chores have their advantages, there are no flies, the farmer hates flies more than Miss Olive hates teat dipping.

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