Thursday, December 13

Thursday Dose of Cute: Slowly Defrosting

Slowly defrosting in the hayfield (1) -
Looking out the bedroom window across the hayfield, 9:30 Tuesday morning.

Much of our 240-acre Missouri farm is tucked several hundred feet down in a narrow little valley, which means that on a clear night this time of year it often gets at least ten degrees colder than the forecast. It also means that at 9:30 in the morning, we're still deep in frozen shade.

The sun slowly works its way across the hayfield toward us, finally reaching the kitchen garden about 11am. By four o'clock, it's already dropped down behind the ridge, sending us back into the shade.

It's the season of very short days.

Two mornings ago it was nine degrees (that would be Fahrenheit) at 8:30, which is when I'd worked up enough nerve to check the thermometer. Yesterday morning at 6:30 it was twelve. What always amazes me is how after just a short time in the sun, everything goes back to looking as if there had never even been a frost.

11 more photos below. . .

Slowly defrosting in the hayfield (2) -

Slowly defrosting in the hayfield (4) -

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Slowly defrosting in the hayfield (11) -

Slowly defrosting in the hayfield (12) -

Slowly defrosting in the hayfield (13) -

©, always warm on the inside.


  1. Is that Marta Beast lying there looking like a patch of snow?

    1. Hi Pat,
      Ha, that last photo is Daisy. I don't think Marta Beast (aka Marta the Mess) has ever been that white in her life. ;) Marta is in the third photo from the bottom.

  2. Wow!! So here in wine country, sunny days and frosty nights produce an exceptional the same true for wool???

    Looks beautiful with all that frost! We're supposed to get frost tonight here too... hope there's not too much crop damage!

  3. Yes, it always amazes me how the the sun turns a frosty field to green, leaving the still shady portion frosty white. Powerful energy in that sun, huh? Susan, these pictures are particularly beautiful. Love seeing Beagle Burt scratching his back and then Marta splayed out, indeed like a patch of snow. Such a beautiful view! Stay warm!

  4. What a beautiful valley! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  5. Always enjoy your photos.

  6. Seriously wild. Those last photos are all, "What frost? It's spring around here, people."

    Stay warm :)

  7. Are your temperatures celsius or fahrenheit? Is your vally in Canda or the US? Just curious.
    Beautiful pictures. I love sheep!

    1. Hi Verna,
      Our farm is in Missouri (US), and that 9 degrees was Fahrenheit. :)

  8. Boy, those are some really short days! Love the picture of the half frost half thawed field. :)


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