Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Staying warm Saturday (and hopefully Sunday)

After a week of balmy above zero (as high as 10 C! 50 F)  temps, we are headed (at least temporarily) back into the  deep freeze.
As my post for yesterday  said, the old North Wind was bringing some weather. today wasn't too bad a lightly falling snow , not a lot of wind , but as the day went on  the temps did begin to fall came in tonight and the wind was picking up in a big way! the temp is expected to fall to -26 C (-14 F)
So how to stay warm? Well the obvious choice is stay inside curled up in flannel jammies  with a couple warm fuzzy dogs by the wood stove.Yup that does sound like the best option, however there are critters to feed here and things to do , that have to happen outside . 
I have a terrible time with hats, my head is just oddly shaped I guess, I can wear a ball cap just fine ,but tend to look like a female  "Hoss Cartwright" from Big Valley, in a cowboy hat , and in cold weather my toque tends to pop right off my pointed little head ! So I bought a crochet hat a while back , and it seems to work well, but gets wet easily with the falling snow .at least it stays on .
(taken during the last snow storm ) 
So before I went out today I looked at my options . Found my Granddad's old  Harris Tweed cap. Somewhere in the world there is a photo of a  3 yr old me riding a toy duck wearing  a hat just like this! 
anyhow it is a lined wool  cap, so I though I would give it a try. Warmest hat EVER! doesn't cover my ears well, so I just put on a headband with it  and viola! perfection! Actually got a little too warm today but I will be  fine tomorrow! dry  warm, and well, kinda stylish! 

 Found a neat little tool on Piccassa  for photo editing called "soften " I like it makes my laugh lines look much happier ! 

Best part is, it  warms my head and my heart !
so that , with my good old Carharrt , my woollies, and good boots, I should  just about make it ! 
Stay safe and warm my friends 


aurora said...

Hat's don't fit me either, too much brain mass up there ;) Your grandpa's cap looks great, you look happy & warm in the last picture!

sally said...

oh my gosh that is super cold...I just cant imagine. I'm doing hay tomorrow .....hot and dusty. It is strange to be the opposite to you way up north for sure. Stay warm!

Cut-N-Jump said...

And to think I was whining about the upper teens weather we were having last week. . Lol

Love the hat. I usually stick with my ballcap, slide a fleece headband over it and down far enough to cover my ears and good to go. Just need something to keep the face warm.

Shirley said...

You look pretty in Granpa's hat!

Country Gal said...

Looking good there girl ! I wear a wool/tweed hand made hat a lovely lady made and I bought at a craft show ! The winds are roaring here today just had a mini blizzard now the sun is peeking out but the temps are to drop to -22 . I like cozying up indoors with my jammies on the wood stove going and my pooch Miggs ! Have a good day and stay cozy

Crystal said...

I like it! I like the touques that have the strings on them, not so much for the strings, but they are designed so they sit lower on the head and cover the ears better. And specially since I got one this winter with Eeyore on it :)

Paint Girl said...

I love it!! It looks good and looks like it does the job of keeping you warm!
Lately I have been feeling like I have weather like you! But without the snow (we got about a 1/2 inch) but it has been below freezing for 2 weeks now!! I can't remember the last time we have had a cold snap that has lasted this long. And I am ready for it to warm up! I don't mind the cold, it's the ground. The mud freezes and the horses can't walk. I worry for them and have had to move a couple horses a couple times last week. I think it's supposed to warm up later this week, I hope!!

Janice said...

Love the hat it is you. Yeah that's a bit brisk all right.We have been staying right around -12 or so one -18. I'll take that and not complain to much....just in case it changes......and I'm pretty sure it will. Dropped down and caught up. Loved your poem....lucky you off to warmer climates.I really liked your photo play.

WishIHadAHorsey said...

Love the hat and I LOVE this pic of you snow covered! Stay warm!

Nicole said...

I swear, the weather has been WEIRD this year, everywhere!

Willow said...

Was up late browsing around as I just saddled up my first blog and made a post for the first time tonight and was searching around for other horse lovers. What treat to hang out on your site a bit. Gorgeous Appys . I'll be checking in here more often. Like the hat by the way too! Willow