Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Hannah Russell
Features Writer
8:34 PM 2nd March 2018

Wintery Weather With Little Alf And Friends

Alfie enjoying the snow
Alfie enjoying the snow
Wow what a week, with the ‘Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’ hitting the UK this week it’s been quite a shock.

I don’t think anyone was quite prepared for the weather. I know Alfie and I certainly weren’t, and even though we saw a few weather warnings on Monday morning it was hard to believe, with all the lovely sunshine we had last week being a taste of spring…

This week is a different story and when I woke up on Tuesday morning I didn’t expect to see so much snow! I had to dig the horses out of their stables as it had snowed them in overnight.

When I opened Alfie’s stable door he was pretty shocked to see all the snow. Even the horses' water was frozen solid so I knew it had been extra cold at night.

Alfie in the snow
Alfie in the snow
With the weather taking a slight turn this week it’s really made me appreciate having stables to keep the horses in, although it has come along with its struggles, the outdoor taps freezing and running out of hay earlier in the week has proved to be a bit of a challenging one. Today the ground has frozen making it extremely icy, so it’s another day inside for the horses. Never the less they don’t seem to mind too much and hopefully it won’t be long until the snow has melted and we can look forward to summer nights.

Watching the news this week it has been hard to hear about animals living outdoors in these conditions and that in Yorkshire lambs are being born as it is the start of the lambing season. I have a few friends with farms and they have been keeping me updated with their struggles this week. Luckily most of them seem to be managing fine with extra help.

My rabbits and guinea pigs have also felt the cold this week, as they live in a large outdoor shed with their own run. It’s a lovely place for them to live and has heating inside, but on Wednesday morning they were all huddled together and their water bottles had frozen, so it was extra straw for them to keep them warm and a couple of towels to cover up the windows stopping any cold which might get in.

If you have pets living indoors or out in the extreme cold then just remember to keep them warm! Check if their water has frozen and make sure they have plenty of feed. Luckily Alfie has a thick coat to keep him warm and he is a hardy breed. Yesterday he even went out in to the field to play for a couple of hours and he seemed to enjoy the snow.