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Majestic Diary

January 27, 2011

We went to bed at 9:30 p.m. last night and set our alarm clock to go off every hour to avoid any snow damage from the oncoming blizzard. When it went off for the third time it was 12:30 and time to shovel and clear aviary nets. The snow was coming down so fast we would literally finish shoveling paths for the ducks in one pen and turn back and discover the pen we shoveled prior already had another 3 inches on the ground. They said it was coming down at 4 inches and hour and we can testify to that. We moved back and forth from pen to pen, clearing nets and clearing paths so the ducks and geese could get safely to their houses and water buckets.

By 3:00 a.m. we were exhausted and soaked to the skin from snow melt. Our gloves were saturated... we had to stop to put our clothes and coats in the dryer. While we waited for them to dry, we set the alarm clock for 45 minutes and dropped into bed for a nap under electric blankets. When the alarm woke us up, the snow had slowed and the news was expecting no more than a couple more inches. We walked out to the pens, but everything looked good--only a couple inches on the ground. Back to bed... Alarm went off every hour after that and we checked to be sure everything was well. At 8:00 a.m we grabbed our winter clothes and headed back outside to remove all the snow. We worked until 2:00 p.m. shoveling paths through all the pens. Then, exhausted as we were, we spent another hour clearing snow off of the surviving half of our quarantine pen and off of Louisvill.

We shoveled and cleared nets from 12:30 a.m. until 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Then we crashed until 8 a.m. (setting the alarm every hour to get up and make sure the nets were fine). Then we  headed outside at 8 a.m and shoveled until 3 p.m. There was so much snow there was barely a place to shovel it to. I’m going to take photos today. Mountains of snow piled up to the aviary nets and tiny paths between them leading from houses to food, water and gates. Then we cleared off the roofs of the quarantine pen and Louisville.

We are so EXHAUSTED!

 

Mount Piddie:

Duranies traverse the maze:

Snow piled up to the aviary net:

Barney & Jessie:

The gardens mounted with snow:

 

 

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