The new year has arrived and it is very cold. An icy mist is hanging in the air and the ground is rock solid and dusted over white, like someone came in the night with the icing sugar shaker. All the pets water is frozen solid and the ducks are ice skating instead of swimming. I enjoyed the morning jobs today and soon had them all cleaned, fed and watered with plenty of clean bedding for them to snuggle into.

We had a bit of a family get together last night at Adam and Kelly’s house and we were late to bed so we have had a quiet day today and I made an apple pie as a change from all the rich Christmas food we have eaten recently.