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#1 2013-12-21 22:29:01

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Winter Solstice

Today is the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. At my place it is cold and sunny. We have reached a high of -20C and it is supposed to be -32C overnight. Sunrise was at 8:53am this morning, the sun will set in less than an hour at 4:06pm, a total of 7 hours and 12 minutes of daylight.

Winter solstice is traditionally celebrated because it represent the beginning of the return of the light. With the days so short here in the winter I almost always pause on the shortest day of the year and reflect on the year past and take time to appreciate the potential of the new year right around the corner.

Hope everyone else has time to take a moment and celebrate winter solstice. :cozy:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#2 2013-12-21 22:57:25

Maggiesdad
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Re: Winter Solstice

:excited: The high here today in VA was 22°C :no no: I do not like your fridgid temps!


:funny:

Oh well -we are expecting 1" -3" of rain over the next 48 hours :shock:... guess you can't have it all. :rain: Everything is already a mudhole around here, can't wait til the Jan thaw and Feb blahs!

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#3 2013-12-21 23:01:10

poplar girl
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Re: Winter Solstice

Me either MD. It's been WAY too cold so far this winter but we're supposed to be closer to the freezing mark in a few days so I hope the weatherman's not telling fibs...


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#4 2013-12-21 23:01:40

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Re: Winter Solstice

I thought Scott's Marans had stopped laying, the brown eggs had dropped way off over the past week and a half. I figured it was just the short days shutting them down... I found a stash of 23 Marans eggs in the wood pile today! Those girls have been sandbagging me!
Kinda scared to see what's in some of 'em... :sick:

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#5 2013-12-21 23:07:36

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
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Re: Winter Solstice

Yes winter solstice hate it because it's the start of winter :stomp:  but now the days start getting longer !!

I am with MD I don't like your temps either....YIKES!!  +2C here and rain but will change to freezing rain by tomorrow, heavy at times we are in a freezing rain warning right now.

Our neighbor always has a winter solstice bonfire but this year it's cancelled because of the  :rain:

Oh MD bet there is some stink bombs in those eggs :sick: :sick:

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#6 2013-12-22 00:04:59

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Re: Winter Solstice

Happy solstice everyone. I agree PG. We have had the same sort of temps as you and I am tired of it! Looking forward to lengthening days. I also tend to reflect on this day. It's the end of the year and so much has happened. And tomorrow marks a big day. I become mom to a teenager. Hard to believe it's been 13 years.... Wow. :duh:

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#7 2013-12-22 00:45:46

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Re: Winter Solstice

We are looking forwards to longer days here too.  Our weather is sitting right around the freezing mark and we have been having rain and freezing rain mixed yesterday and today with a lot more freezing rain supposed to come tomorrow.  Tractor is fueled up and the Generator hooked up ready to go just in case.  Wow Susan a teenager, my youngest will turn 7 the day after tomorrow.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#8 2013-12-22 01:27:01

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Winter Solstice

DH got the generator fired up and ready to go just in case as well.  Hoping it does not get too bad :nervous:

Oh Susan Mom to a teenager, now the fun begins, LOL  Heck my baby turned 25 last summer, now I pass him off as my baby brudder :chairhide:

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#9 2013-12-22 01:52:30

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Re: Winter Solstice

i'm wondering where all my eggs are too. Haven't' found a stash yet. I'm thinking it's due to daylight and hawks.

We had a hawk kill my favorite Orpington a month ago. We found her before he could chow down. Today we had another small hawk/falcon try to get my flock again. He was not successful this time. I'm sure all the eggs that were thinking about coming out have been sucked back up.

Over 70 F degrees here today. Do I need to convert for CA?


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#10 2013-12-22 02:16:07

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Winter Solstice

No NP you don't need to convert to degrees for us :Canada:.  I prefer degrees, miles, inches ect. was taught it in grade school and grew up with it then the government decided to go metric when I was in grade 6 :banginghead:

Eggs, what eggs.  I have 40 hens and am only getting 3-5 a day :(

Sorry about your Orp. but glad they were not successful getting anymore today. :gunslinger:

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#11 2013-12-22 03:54:18

aarzuaga
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Re: Winter Solstice

High of 26C tomorrow here in NC. Weird to have that temp in December. Stay warm!! :cozy: :surfing: :rain:

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#12 2013-12-22 14:14:03

poplar girl
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Re: Winter Solstice

I can't believe how crazy warm it is where some of you are, 26C :shock: I can barely fathom temperatures that warm. Freezing ran :rain: now that we get and I can do without.

Looks like the weather man was right, it's -32.2C this morning. But several days of warmer weather in the forecast starting tomorrow.

As for eggs....I have LOTS. 14 hours light seems to be the magic number (even if half of those hours are from flourecent bulbs). I just hope everyone keeps laying over the next 3 months or so as I collect for hatching :nervous:

:happybday: to A (it is A not K right?) Susan! Hope he has a great day!


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#13 2013-12-22 16:06:57

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Winter Solstice

Well PG they may be boasting 78F now but I looked on the forecast for MD's neck of the woods and it is to drop to 48 -50F in a couple of days.  Still warmer than you but that a 28-30 degree drop!!

Bad freezing rain storm here and all I can hear are tree limbs breaking, sounds like someone is firing a shotgun :nervous:

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#14 2013-12-22 17:14:48

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Re: Winter Solstice

Let's hope at least some of the ice has a chance to melt before it freezes over again tonight.  Our trees were trimmed heavily this spring already from freezing rain and are taking a beating again this time.  We are lucky we still have power at this point.  How is everyone else doing?


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#15 2013-12-22 17:19:29

poplar girl
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Re: Winter Solstice

Hope your power holds out FRF and no big trees around your yard snap and break :nervous: We are supposed to get some of that freezing rain starting tomorrow as it warms up. So I guess we will also be swinging about 30 or more degrees Fahrenheit but in the upward direction!


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#16 2013-12-22 17:37:47

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Winter Solstice

We still have power at the moment, but folks all around us are having power outages.  Only a few twigs and small branches off of our Maple tree at the side, my clump birch out the back, the top of it is touching the ground!! :shock:  My chip in my camera is full so I can't take any pictures :stomp:

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#17 2013-12-23 15:08:13

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Winter Solstice

Everybody ok after the storm?

The hydro pole outside our house snapped, and the line is across the road. Mother Nature occasionally likes to remind us that she's a tough lady! =D


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#18 2013-12-23 19:52:48

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Winter Solstice

Ok here, power went out for about 2 hours early last evening.  Lots of branches and twigs down all over the yard.  Here is a picture of my clump birch, the top is touching the ground and I am surprised that it has not snapped and I am not sure it will go back and straighten out :nervous:
http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/Wycrazy/IMG_1410640x480_zps29c1a4b2.jpg
http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/Wycrazy/IMG_1413640x480_zps537f0baf.jpg
http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/Wycrazy/IMG_1416640x480_zps2260987e.jpg

This picture was taken in early September and you can see the birch tree to the left behing the garage and how tall it is.
http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z341/Wycrazy/IMG_13041024x768_zpsdb4bb56c.jpg

Last edited by Flat Rock Farm (2013-12-24 00:47:14)

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#19 2013-12-23 23:44:00

poplar girl
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Re: Winter Solstice

Oh my, I hope your birch is strong enough to bend...and to straighten back up! You have such a lovely yard it would be so sad to see your birch damaged.

Today was sunny and close to 0C here, it felt amazing! And no rain so far :excited:


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#20 2013-12-24 00:53:12

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Winter Solstice

Thanks PG I hope it makes it as well, it's a lovely tree.  We planted it about 10 years ago and it was like 6' tall.  I gives us some nice shade where there was not before.  Out the front/side we have a Maple and the ground looks like someone threw a bomb in the tree as there are load of branches and twigs everywhere.  Lots to clean up in the spring.

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