My parents went south to get away from the winter weather for a little while. Except, it followed them! They were in Flagstaff the week it received 54 inches of snow (though they scurried out before getting stuck there). Unusually cold everywhere they went and an illness decided them on returning home. That took a bit longer than expected...three days snowed in a hotel in Amarillo, followed by a painfully slow drive through Oklahoma. What a relief for them to be safely home again!
I did enjoy some nice chats with the hens in their absence. The turkeys especially were fed up with having to stay in the barn with all those chickens and swallows for so long. It's a good thing the barn is spacious because there was nothing good for them outside besides deep snow and bitter cold. Every egg was frozen solid and split open. Of course, the swallows could have gone out at any time but why should they when there was shelter, corn and water inside?