Today's photo is the ice on Sara's water tank after a blow with a sledge hammer! The water is spilling out through the crack in the inch-thick ice. Perhaps someone more scientific can tell me why a large, thin-sided, silver metal tank freezes over less than a smaller, thick-sided, black poly tank.
This is a freebie! With the bright sun shining, it seemed like a good opportunity to show you our barnyard. At left is the corral or "round" pen (which isn't quite round.) The barn is divided into six 25' long sections or bays. The first, at far left, contains two stalls. The second is a "run-in" from the round pen. (The stall doors are shut most of the time so the horses don't stand around soiling their shavings all day.) If your eyesight is good enough, you can just see Angel on the left and Brandy on the right eating hay out of their hay-net. Under the center section of the barn are two more bays. Bay three, the left-hand one, is Sara's pen, fenced in with dark blue corral panels. Hers only goes halfway back because the feed bins are in the back half--can't let her get into those! You can't really see her since a black cow doesn't show up in the dark shadows. You can see the tractor in number four. The right-hand section of the barn has the flat trailer in bay five and the chickens' pen in bay six at the far right. You can maybe see the coop inside with the dog kennel pen out front. It's not fancy, and it's a bit crowded maneuvering with the tractor in there, but it works for now. We can take our time figuring out what we want it to be like and move corral panels around as needed.