Starving hares and a world in black and white (and sienna :-) )
It´s -8C ( 18F) outside and a northern arctic wind is blowing. It´s not really strong but it´s not really nice either 🙂 We´ve just come home after our morning walk, a promenade that normally would take around 30 minutes but now took over one and a half our 🙂 🙂
The snow crust is so hard now that even I could walk on it in some places! But where it didn´t carry my weight I sank down so I had snow up to my knees and in some places up to my waist 🙂 🙂 🙂 But I guess that an average hight of the snow cover now is around 40 cm (16 inches), it sank down rather much the day we had over 0C (32F) otherwise it would have been much higher.
Last winter was especially hard for all hares we had here. In the end they just stopped to eat even if we did try to feed them. They just looked for a calm place and then died. A couple on my neighbors porch and one just beside my trash can outside the garage. This winter seems to be even harder on them. They have already eaten my next door neighbors hedge, there isn´t much left on it any longer. He tried to protect it by spraying garlic all over the hedge but the hares just thanked him for spicing it up 🙂 🙂
So now we´ll most probably have to start feeding them too, do You think they´ll eat carrots? I would give them lots of artichoke if I just could dig up them from my garden, but the ground is frozen solid and I don´t have any dynamite 🙂 🙂 🙂 This winter it won´t be the electricity bill that breaks our economies, it will be the bill for all food for the wild life 🙂 🙂 🙂
Today will be a day in front of the tv or computer I´m afraid. The weather isn´t especially inviting and I have a new DVd I can watch, The prince of Egypt. I´m catching up on all those animated films I´ve missed during the years away from the big city and its cinemas 🙂 Have a great day now!