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The upcoming filthy snowy weather

Post by Carlarua on Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:31 pm

Is anyone else watching the weather forecast with trepidation?
This winter seems to be the longest ever, there is just no end to it. Now that the fields are finally drying up a bit, The Oracle of Doom on met eireann is forecasting a dump of snow and Siberian temperatures. On cold days I'd be walking around like Michelin Man, and dreading the trip to the loo (25 layers of clothes and oh bejaysis if you accidentally happen to touch any body part with hands like blocks of ice )
I don't know about anyone else in other parts of the country, but over here the price of straw and hay is through the roof. Growth of grass is non existent.
Hacking the ice of all the water barrels, and frozen pipes being a massive pain in the bottom

I'm just having a massive whine... by the gods, I hate winter. I never thought I'd see the day I would scramble to get into the horse stables to shovel poo
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Post by wayland on Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:42 pm

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy . Bless your heart Carlarua. Its only weather. Just think of those hot summer days to come.
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Post by Carlarua on Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:56 pm

You'll not hear me complaining about hot weather, unless it hits 40°C
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Post by Deryn on Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:55 pm

Like you Carlarua will be very glad when it dries up a bit but you can have my hot weather in exchange for your cold.

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Post by Carlarua on Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:29 pm

3 feet of snow by the end of the week and temperature going above freezing during the day and the promise of a white out.
I'm making myself a kangaroo pouch to stick a hot water bottle in to keep under my layers of clothes. I don't care if it looks ridiculous, as long as it's warm !
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Post by wayland on Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:59 pm

You must be from warmer climes Clara Smile A lot of fuss about nothing methinks. I say this while touching my forelock and spinning around three times.
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Post by Carlarua on Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:21 pm

I'm Flemish, but gave been living in Ireland for nearly 20 years. Generally, there's cold winters with ice and snow and very hot summers (high 20's, low 30's would not be exceptional) there.

I think I got traumatized by a compulsory school trip to the Ardennes, where we got given a set of langlauf skis and a quick rundown of different ski trails ; dark blue for 5 km's, and black for 25km's. There was red, orange and green colour coded trails as well for different distances, but someone with an evil sense of humour colour coded the shortest and longest routes really closely together. Think trails through dark forests, with intermittent snow and me being left behind by mates who were much faster than myself. Not only did I get the routes mixed up, I also had a very close encounter with barbed wire and ended up in a small but very cold stream. When I finally arrived back at the rendez vous point, the teachers were sozzled, and everyone pissed off - including the bus driver - because I was the last one and very late

Scarred for life, so I was Very Happy
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Post by wayland on Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:00 am

Indeed. So you should be. Having said that, all that skiing etc sounds wonderful. People like yourself laugh when we get 25 mm of snow and everything comes to a stand still.
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Post by wayland on Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:28 am

We have about a foot of snow here. How are you holding up Carlarua?
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Post by wayland on Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:22 am

Well lads, I am impressed how the locals handled this weather event. Once it stopped snowing the people of rural wexford set to getting things going again. Farmers were out in force clearing roads. We live down a blind boreen with drifts up to five feet. With the help of a neighbours tractor and shovels we were reconnected to the world on Sunday. Those that could venture out tried to shop for others who could not. A proper community spirit (mostly). A friend and his wife set to walk to the shop on saturday three miles away and got a lift in the bucket of a JCB. Luv it Very Happy . Wexford town absolute chaos. Roads cleared to one lane with snow dumped on the pathways. So people could only walk on the cleared lane. I would have thought with the large population of Wexford the locals could have set too and assist the council better than they did. Me thinks city people have a different mind set to country people. We had near on two feet of snow here with drifts up to six feet. I have not seen the like before ever. At least we knew it was coming. How did you lads get on?
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Post by Sean Ph'lib on Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:30 pm

We were snowed in till today. That's one of the prices we pay for living in the mountains. But we had plenty firewood, plenty grub, plenty cider and plenty whiskey. The only downside was the hens wouldn't venture out and, in consequence, have stopped laying. The ducks, though are in full production and give me duck eggs over hen eggs anytime! The geese went through a share of corn - not being able to get any green stuff, but back to normal today.
As to townsfolk, Wayland, my experience is that - apart from retired older people and proper tradesmen, townsfolk in general are probably the most useless of God's creations.

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Post by Carlarua Yesterday at 2:09 pm

Sorry I went awol for a while.
If I didn't hate snow before, I surely do now.
Thank goodness for a pickup truck is all I can say. A friend of ours ( in his 80's) fell on the 1stday of snow, checking out the sheep, and broke his ankle. He made it as far as the local gp, but in the 20 minutes he was there, the Jeep he got a lift in was snowed in and they had to be dug out. The poor man couldn't go anywhere because the snow drifts were so bad, so my other half took my truck and literally ploughed through snowbanks that came as high as the bottom of the car windows. They made it to the nearest hospital (2 hours for a drive that would normally take about 20 minutes), where the civil defence took over and brought him to the nearest regional hospital. The old lad is fine now, his ankle has healed and he is recovering well.
We also had a blind lamb in our sitting room for 2 weeks, her eyes were pecked out by jackdaws very shortly after birth. That was the day the big snow started, and I had to walk to the chemist for rubber teats and lamlac ; we thought she would not make it because we didn't have access to antibiotics, but she clung on until we got to a vet and 6 weeks on and she's a fine, strapping lamb. We tried to find her a companion in a lamb that had pneumonia, but unfortunately that one died. So we have to come up with a way for her to have as normal a life as she can have. When she was really small, we put the dog's harness on her to take her for a walk.
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