It was touch and go whether we would reach the farm this morning. It had started snowing at 7 (by the way, the sixth heavy snowfall of this winter) and when we set off at 9 in the Warrior, which is a 4×4, the snow was settling on the road- an ominous sign. But we wanted to battle on, partly to make sure that the animals were OK but mainly because our youngest, Sara, had sneaked her sledge onto the back of the pickup and would not be denied her fun in the snow.
When we arrived Jean and Tony’s children were already sledging on the steeply sloping field in front of the farmhouse. The pigs weren’t having so much fun; I found twenty of them huddled together for warmth on the straw next to an old black sow. But the Highland cows were out and about about, shrugging off the conditions in their long shaggy coats. This Flip video captures a few of those moments on this invigorating morning.