We've arrived! Today is the shortest day of the year for us in the Northern Hemisphere.
It's the turning point - from here on out, the days get longer. Right now our world is mostly black and white... a wintry monochromatic backdrop for cold, quiet days.
Our current snow situation makes this all the more so.
Many of us are living in the narrow lanes between snow banks... each lane leading to a necessary part of daily living.
All of the birds are locked in their yards for the time being.
Their grassy spaces are under a foot of snow, so there's no point to being out of their yard. And with all of the small, wild animals safely nestled in burrows beneath the snow, our birds are more likely to fall victim to predators during this time when food supplies are scarce.
They don't seem to mind... preferring the warmth and dry footing of their henhouses to the snowy path in their yard. Like us, they don't mind staying home...'cause there's really no where to go!
The horses have had full access to the front pasture... not for the purpose of eating, but more for the exercise. They plow through the snow with no difficulty.
The donkey girls, however, want no part in snow exploration....