Saturday 3 January 2015

This is the coldest day so far. Guess!

This is the coldest day we have had so far. 
Clear skies and wind out of the North.
-22C (-7.6) in the afternoon.

For night temperatures: see bottom page!
I had the day off and went for a few brief walks with Molly. 
The snow clouds moved away and 
the sunshine was brilliant. 
Barbara commented about Molly not having trouble with ice in her fur.
That's right. 
Molly has the coat of an arctic animal. Snow repellent. 
Add on wavy hair straws to keep air trapped for insulation, 
and lots of woollen undercoat.
That way she keeps herself dry and warm.
And, as long as the snow is so dry and fluffy it doesn't stick to her at all.
Walking through wet snow is different. 
Then there will be a build up of ice clumps between the paw pads. 
Molly has her own technique: stopping up, 
lifting the afflicted paw, 
chewing out the ice and walking on.
 She doesn't seem to mind the cold. Always sniffing around for something underneath the snow cover.

What are you waiting for?
Aww no ......
....another "selfie"!! 
Let's go on!
The sun is setting. The days are still short.
Ice on the window is building up already.
It is +16C (60.2F) inside. The propane furnace doing it's best.
I am dressed in layers. 
Back to one of the best gifts we ever got! 
(Thank you Marie J.!)

Can you feel the heat radiating.
So cozy.

And it will be getting pretty d... cold during the night. 
-28C (-18.4F). 

With the windchill down to -41C (-41.8).

Tonight I'll use an extra quilt, 
and a down duvet cover (Thanks to Rogette). 

I will not be freezing.

Tuesday 30 December 2014

Relaxing? Enough is enough!

After the Holidays are over and 
the New Year is only just around the corner
there is a lot of time for relaxing. 
 ZZZZ here and zzzz there.
And more zzzz
It is contagious too.
Don't you dare wake him up! Or? 
Finally, Molly got enough of it.
She picked up a bone (just any item does the trick). 
That is her sign for:
Let's go for a WALK!

Who can resist that face.
Out we went into the freezing, beautiful afternoon.
The walk was just about an hour long.
Then it got too cold for me,
though Molly didn't care. She had her fur coat on.
Back to the warmth and a warm dinner.
Content she went back to the den, in the corner by the bed.
Nighty, nighty!