The January thaw came in with avengence on New Year's Eve and is continuing today. Much unwanted mud and puddles have emerged but also the water in the barn has thawed and we are no longer shivering in our boots. Every year I hope for a good dumping of snow and then hope that it stays cold enough for it to last until springtime. I feel sorry for the kids who can't get out and play on their sleds or skate on their backyard rinks. The sheep seem to take it in stride. The rams have a little island of hay around their feeder to keep them dry while eating. The girls have the same, but have to walk through the mud to get to the food. We should have a freeze up tonight again and snow in the forecast for next week. All in all it looks like 2011 is going to be a good year. Enjoy the pics.