As we start off the new year it is a time of change. Oh sure the spring is still a ways off, but that doesn’t mean change doesn’t happen. Let us take for example the water that we give the ducks. While the ducks arrived last winter, they didn’t make the change to living outdoors until spring. This meant that we didn’t have to worry about their water supply freezing until now. I knew the pond could freeze over, as it did last year, so I needed to be prepared to have water available to them. Since the time the ducks moved down to the pond, I had two 3-gallon plastic containers filled with water near their food along with a water fount. Well these obviously froze when temperatures dropped into the teens for two nights in a row. I thought “no problem, just knock the ice out of the plastic containers and refill them with fresh wate.” Of course if I had thought about it, plasti becomes brittle when frozen and the containers shattered as I tried to dislodge the ice. Lesson learned.
So it was off to Tractor Supply for new options. I now have two fiber reinforced molded rubber containers to fill with water for the duckies to dip their heads in.
The other change I was thinking about recently, has to do with an earlier blog post I did, in which I talked about how dark the nights are in the country. I commented how in the city you don’t know how dark the night is until you move to a location where the only light around may come from the moon and stars. To be honest the darkness was a little disconcerting when we first moved out to the country, but now it seems different. The nights are obviously just as dark but my comfort level in moving around in it has gone way up. My senses are still on alert when I walk through the darkness with only the flashlight to lead me, but they are not to the mind absorbing phase they had been. The darkness is now an accepted part of the day, not a time to hide.
And a great big happy birthday today to my beautiful bride today. You are the greatest.
Until next time my friends. D.
Okay lets get back to the next item on my list of things someone should have told me before I moved to the country. For todays blog post lets talk about what you can see, and by that I mean nothing anything at all. When the sun goes down it is DARK. I mean I understand the concept of an absence of light but holy carp it is dark. It is just so surprising how much you expect that there will be some bit of light to be there at all times. You truly don’t realize how much light pollution there is near the cities until you get out to an area where there are no street lights. Even if you don’t have street lights in your neighborhood there is still an amazing amount of light that can be given off of nearby houses. When your house is surrounded by a 100 yard wide wall of 50 foot tall trees in all directions, the only hope for light comes from above, and then you look up to see a million pin points of light, none of which let you see the hand in front of your face.
One of our first nights in the country was a moonless one and we were amazed by the darkness. You really don’t understand the capabilities of a flashlight until you see it cut through that kind of dark. The light from a good flashlight looks like a physical beam that you could reach out and grab. For you Star Wars fans out there picture carrying a light saber to light your way.
I was walking across the yard with my trusty battery torch blazing the path when I heard something in the garden next to me. In that instance my mind ran through a thousand options of what horror could have snuck up on me. I turned my light so quickly that I could almost see the light bend. I prepared myself for the worst as the beam focused in on the beast. I found myself facing down a bunny rabbit, but from the look in his eyes I could tell that he had messed himself too.
So let me end by saying that when you move the country, bring your own light with you where ever you go, as when the sun goes down you are going to need it.
The view from my driveway down to the pond, isn’t it beautiful?