Well it is Sunday 16th and the wind had changed direction over night. When I went to bed last night, the snow still lay deep and crisp and even, although I could see that the thaw had started. When I woke up this morning, it had all pretty much disappeared. Even from the lower parts of the field where the snow had collected, it had all melted. The only place where ice was to be found was on the concrete ramp leading out from the yard down to the lane. The temperature had also risen from minus 2decC last night to plus 10degC at lunch time today. So the cold wind has been replaced by intermittent drizzling rain. The ground is no longer white - it is wet and soggy. Such is the nature of British weather.
So what to do about DiDi? Well I put her out at around 9.00 am this morning wearing her underblanket and her raincoat. Once free from the halter she mooched around the field, which is all soft and churned up. She then took up position by the gate. I dropped a pat of hay down by the gate and left her. When I went back at 4.00 pm, she was pretty much standing where I had left her - except that she was covered in mud. She had gone somewhere at sometime and rolled. It had rained a little during the day and the outer coat was still damp.
I led her in to her stable and gave her tea. She made no objection and quickly buried her head in the feed bucket. I felt under the under coat - she was warm.
Tomorrow is another day. I wonder what will come?