Sheep in the Deep

By Michele Wales, Farm Program Coordinator

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Coverdale Farm in the deep snow this morning.  Photo by Michele Wales.
Coverdale Farm in the deep snow this morning. Photo by Michele Wales.

Much like the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service, nothing keeps the Coverdale Farm staff from making their daily deliveries to the resident livestock.  Our deliveries take the form of hay & grain to eat, straw for bedding, and fresh water for drinking.  Our routine chores happen twice daily for 365 days each year for the last 14 years.  But not every day is routine.

Come one, breakfast is ready!!  Photo by Michele Wales.
Come one, breakfast is ready!! Photo by Michele Wales.

This morning, Michele and Dan made the rounds to cows, sheep, and chickens atop many, many inches of new wet snow.  The morning began by breaking snowshoe trails for the ruminants from the pasture barns to water sources, feeding troughs, and the great stone barn.  Shoveling followed as the snow made opening gates very tricky!

Thank heavens for wool coats!  Photo by Michele Wales.
Thank heavens for wool coats! Photo by Michele Wales.

Eager to be fed, all of our “girls” braved the snow (they actually do just fine in the cold temperatures) and gobbled up their morning rations.  Snug in their barn, the chickens were alert and talkative happy for fresh water and a sprinkling of extra grain on the ground to scratch and peck.  Despite the wintry cold our Araucana, Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock and Leghorn hens left a nice cache of freshly laid eggs.  

Happy ruminants.  Photo by Michele Wales.
Happy ruminants. Photo by Michele Wales.

Farm Life may not be for everyone but it certainly is for the staff at Coverdale!  Nothing beats a day at our “office.”  Enjoy this Valentine snow…….

3 thoughts on “Sheep in the Deep”

  1. Wonderful message! I couldn’t decide which I liked best — the attention-grabbing first sentence, the photos or the very descriptive and informative text. Bravo, couriers!

  2. Connie Logothetis

    Hi Michele,
    Great photos!! Good composition and clarity. You are one talented lady! I love the sheep – glad they hadn’t just been sheared…brrrr.
    Our weather here in Wilmington, NC, is warming up after last week’s ice storm – we had no power for 10 hours on Wed, but we do have a gas stove and fireplace so Elaine and Leo spent most of that day with us. School was cancelled for four days!
    Linda and John Stapleford are coming through here tomorrow en route home from Florida and we will get together for dinner. It will be fun to see them.
    Love, Connie

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