The name of the month January is "The Icy One" in Czech (Leden). And truly it is! We have had lots of snow and freezing all the time, day and night. Nights and especially early mornings are the worse. I did write here about minus 18°C several days ago. Well, there are several equally cold days and nights ahead! I am not happy about that - not because of me, I don´t mind it really because I am safe and warm at home - but because of Rocky. I know how exhausting the frost can be, especially when it lasts 24 hours and every day! Well, Rocky has a garage with a nice nest overnight but...We would all welcome some relief, friendlier temperatures. At least the days are getting longer, slowly, slowly.
But I really relly really look forward to having spring back.
Ollie enjoys being at home but he also likes chasing birds outside. I have lots of small birds and several black birds - these are very aggressive, they fight over apples I leave for them, silly birds spend time fighting and the apples are just lying there! There are sunflower seeds everywhere and special balls of fat with seeds hanging here and there. I caught Rocky once, he jumped and tore one ball down and ate it. Since then, I hang the balls as high as possible because Rocky is a very good jumper!
I went to Trebon town on Monday and it was horrible. The road from Spolí to the town is one big ice. They did spread some gravel on it but the cars shifted it all to the sides. And the small stones also tend to damage the windshield! It is so dangerous, the road is narrow and you can´t see the ditch because of the snowdrifts and it is so slippery. It is because that area is the Protected Area and all chemicals are forbidden. Of course it is right but driving there is a horror for me. I managed it there and back, very slowly and carefully, all the shopping done, especially bread. Now I have to keep at least a half of the loaf in the freezer because our shop in the village was closed in September.
It is "only" minus 5°C at present but it can change later. I am ready to get up and collect Rocky if the temperature is more than minus 10°C - any time in the night.
I hope you are all safe - in both the hemispheres!
- True January