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Monthly Musings On The Farm-January

January always keeps us New Englanders on our toes when it comes to weather conditions.  So far, there is only a small amount of snow on the ground.  Cold, crisp air with some flurries falling from the sky is an average day here.  All the animals have been adjusting well to the cold.  Phoebe, my Toulouse goose, seems to get rather confused some mornings at the state her small pond tends to be in.  She doesn't enjoy how the low temperatures turn it into ice overnight.  My goose, Finn, along with the ducks, Freckles and Little Wing, make their way over to the big pond that is not frozen solid.  

I get some giggles watching the adorable ice skating moves they attempt to pull off as well as some slippery wipeouts along the way. Nothing stops them from swim time fun.  Freckles had an encounter that, unfortunately, left her with some small wounds on her head.  We made sure to wash and clean them daily.  We also separated her from the others for a few nights so she could get better and rest.  Her wounds have healed up quickly, and she is now back to normal.  

The horses, Indica and Khalila, are staying warm in their blankets while being as feisty as ever.  When it comes to the goats, they do not enjoy the feeling of any kind of precipitation hitting them.  They have been hunkered down in the barn more as of late.  I enjoy watching each of the chickens put one leg up for awhile during the chilly weather.  They alternate doing this with each leg while staying perched on one foot to keep warm.  It's rather cute and genius if you ask me.  There are some days I wish I could hide one leg under my big coat.  They become toasty again as soon as they make there way back to the barn.  Come see this month's happenings on the farm.

Nibbling on some feed



Those who swim together, stay together

Freckles cleaning her wings

Little Wing

Fluffy Butts

Keeping one foot up, for good luck and warmth



Taken summer 2014

How has the winter weather been treating you in your town?  Do you have any tips when it comes to keeping animals warm an safe from frost?  Tell me in the comment section below.  I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy.  See you back here next month for another edition of Monthly Musings On The Farm.  Spring will be here soon enough!  In the meantime, share your January pictures with me on Twitter @thefreckledrose. I'd love to see! 

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  • Reply
    rusty duck
    January 24, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Gorgeous pics, I love Freckles preening. I remember once watching geese come in to land on a lake not realising it was frozen. Their feet shot out beneath them but the forward momentum kept them going.. I wanted to get a broom and see how far they would get. It was just like watching curling! Thankfully nobody hurt, although dignity took a knock.

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      February 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Thank you! Aww, you can’t help but laugh! πŸ™‚

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    January 24, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    What lovely photos!
    After years on an acreage, with lots of wonderful animal characters, last year we moved into a seaside village. While I miss the animals I don’t miss the winter care. We had to turn the water to the fields off due to freezing, so there was a lot of hauling. I don’t have many tips. Everyone had good winter shelter, extra rations and warm-ish water. We don’t have to contend with really cold weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but it was often below freezing out where we were.
    Visiting from Amaze Me Monday

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      February 17, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you very much! Yes, winter care can definitely be a challenge. A seaside village sounds like a dream!

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    Tony McGurk
    January 25, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Great animal photos. I especially like the one of the Geese & Ducks near the barn door. Had a good laugh at your description of them ice skating

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      February 17, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks Tony! They certainly do know how to make me smile πŸ™‚

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    January 25, 2016 at 4:21 am

    So lovely, your update could make a great children’s book I think. and your photos are gorgeous. Your farm sounds a wonderful place to be. Not too cold here in South Derbyshire in the UK (at the moment) and I only have two cats to keep warm (which they achieve quite well by snuggling up on the sofa and making me sit on the floor!)

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      February 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Amy! I’m sure your kitties make great cuddle buddies even though they are sofa hogs. My chihuahuas do the same! πŸ˜€

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    January 25, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Absolutely stunning pictures! WIsh I had some tips for ya to keep your animals warm, but both of mine are indoor ones. Hubby and the dog, lol. You definitely are doing something right, they look happy and beautiful!

    Thanks so much for the support, the share(s0 and the tweets! I really appreciate it. Have a great week!

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    tanya breese
    January 25, 2016 at 10:25 am

    what beautiful photos of all your farm animals!

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    January 25, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Lovely photos except the goat gives me the creeps!

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      February 18, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Awww, he’s the cuddliest and the friendliest little goat! πŸ˜€

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    Elizabeth Stewart
    January 26, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I love these shots! Something just draws me in and makes me want to be there.

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      February 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth! It’s lovely to sit back and enjoy all the animals!

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    January 26, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Love all the chickens, but the geese photo is my favorite!

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    Murthy Kvvs
    January 26, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Great pictures with good clarity and narration added pep ..Thanks for sharing.

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    January 26, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Beautiful shots.

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    January 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Hello, I love all your prety farm animals. The horses and chickens are so cute. I hope they all can cope with this cold weather. Keep warm and safe. Lovely photos. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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    TΓ€ysin arkista
    January 26, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Such beautiful, funny photos.

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    January 26, 2016 at 10:29 am

    This put a big smile on my face this morning. Great photos!

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    January 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Lovely photos! I especially love the horses. It’s my dream to learn to ride (sigh!). I’m glad to find your blog from the link parties!

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    January 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my, Indica is beautiful! And I love the shot of Freckles getting a little preening in. I have no advice on how to keep them warm except lots of hay in a well-insulated barn! Love the farm….but not a farm girl! πŸ™‚

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    Rhonda Albom
    January 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, my favourite is the first one with the two chickens, the black and white is an interesting contrast.

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    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti
    January 26, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    What beautiful animals you have! My community has an equestrian center and some of the horses stay in the pasture through all kinds of weather. On very cold days some of the trainers put blanket type coats over the horses. They seems to tolerate the weather well enough on their own.

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      February 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you! That sounds lovely πŸ™‚ Yes, they look so cute in their warm blankets!

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    Mandi H
    January 27, 2016 at 12:56 am

    These pictures make me want to take a photography class! So beautiful!!!

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    Livet genom bilder
    January 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Many lovely animals in your photos. I havenΒ΄t got any animals besides dogs but the animals in our sorrunding seems to handle the cold well. A farmer close by have the cows, sheep and other animals outside all the time and we can get around – 30 degrees celsius during the winter

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      February 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you very much! Yes, the animals seem to do okay with the cold. I’m sure they prefer the warmer days though πŸ™‚

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    January 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Beautiful photography! You know how to capture just the right moment. Trying to stay warm here in central PA. Thanks for sharing at Table It!

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    January 27, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Awwwww…. I love seeing your lovely animals…..

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    Janet Garman
    January 27, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    wow your photos made me catch my breath! nice work

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    January 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    What beautiful pictures of well-taken care of animals! Thank you for joining the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth. We are glad to have you! πŸ™‚

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    January 29, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Lovely photos! I’d love to have a small farm one day. I hope all your animals stay warm this winter.

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    Jade @ Captured By Jade
    January 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Stunning animal shots – crisp and clear, just like your weather! I may have fallen in love with the horses and Freckles!

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    January 31, 2016 at 5:19 am

    What beautiful photos, my favourite is of Freckles cleaning her wings!

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    January 31, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Hello, I just wanted to stop back and say thank you for linking up your critter post. Your farm critters are all adorable. Great photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    Verily Victoria Vocalises
    January 31, 2016 at 7:37 am

    These are all great photos – I particularly like the first one πŸ™‚ #MySundayPhoto

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    Lisa at LTTL
    January 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    We moved recently and I am missing my farming freinds immensely. I am so glad you linked this up because I feel like I have had a visit to the farm. The chicken butts cracked my up.

    Lisa at Life Thru the Lens

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    Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault
    February 1, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Stunning farm photos – really beautiful … and cold looking. We are having a mild but now wet winter here in Normandy so it’s all about trying to keep everything as mud free as possible and I am not sure we are managing very well! Would you like to joint these gorgeous photos up to my #AnimalTales linky tomorrow over on my blog?

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      February 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you so much for the invite Rosie! Can’t wait for the muddy, spring days! So done with the snow, ready for it to melt! πŸ˜€

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    February 2, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    lovely photo’s, seeing the ones of the chicken reminds me of our chicken Ruby, hence my social media name, she loved the snow, used it as an excuse to come into the house during the day, but insisted on being carried back to her coop at night

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      February 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Ruby sounds adorable little character! I love meeting different chickens and observing their unique personalities πŸ™‚

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    February 3, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Love your farm!! I have a wonderful farm in Idaho with goats,chickens ,dogs a cat and of course HORSES!!! Your horses are beautiful ! Happy times!! Happy lifestyle!!!

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    Ruth Daly
    February 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous photos. Every one of them captures the beauty of the animals so well.

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    Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault
    February 5, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Thank you so much for linking up these fabulous photos to #AnimalTales. Do you still have snow?

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      February 18, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      A pleasure! Fabulous link up, thank you for hosting πŸ™‚

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    Vy Tran
    April 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    This is such a great read,I can only imagine what kind of sounds and visuals you get just watching animals. I feel like I could sit there for hours and just watch.

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