The polytunnel has survived
The polytunnel has survived

Temperatures are up in some places as much as 20˚ and the great thaw has begun.

However it’s not all good news, there is the mess and destruction that the snow has left behind and we will be clearing up for some time.

It’s been very hard these last couple of weeks to break through the ice in the rain barrels to get water for the animals.  Now there is water everywhere.

It’s running off all the buildings, the barrels are overflowing and before much longer we will be wading around the place.

There is still a lot of melting snow laying on the ground and everywhere else so it’s even more difficult to walk about now carrying buckets and bales.  The snow looks firm but when you put your weight on it, your foot goes straight down about 8”.

Collapsed building
Collapsed building

Worst of all though, is the damage to the buildings.  We have completely lost a lean-to that was already weakened from snow earlier this year.  Another building has collapsed which was mostly full of junk but the tragedy is the barn.

Our barn is vital, it houses all the farm equipment, the little Fergie tractor, the baler, the wuffler, the peat cart and lots of other bits and pieces.

We noticed this morning from the bedroom window that something was amiss and on closer inspection discovered that the roof had collapsed in two places and the rest of it looked decidedly dodgy and could come down at any moment.

The barn roof
The barn roof

There is still snow on top and we don’t think it’s safe to go in there at the moment but we shall have to at some point.

Checking the insurance policy, the barn should be covered but in reality I’m sure they will find some excuse to wriggle out of paying.

In the meantime we shall have to try to find somewhere else to store the equipment as we have been warned that the bad weather isn’t over yet.

Thankfully the shed that houses the livestock looks solid, although when I was out this morning with my head under a goat doing the milking I heard a huge crash which gave me a start to say the least, but it was only a huge chunk of snow sliding from the roof.

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