A RURAL WINTER CHECK LIST !
First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR ! Hope Christmas and Holiday celebrations were wonderful for you.
As we roll into a new year weather wise, we have been greeted with some BONE CHILLING temperatures. If you live rurally, or are planning a move to the country or to a farm there are a few things to consider come winter.
1.) Driveway length. You will want to have a good snowblower, tractor with blower or a blade, or a good neighbour with either that you can hire.
2.) A good supply of wood if you have a wood stove, furnace or out door wood burner.
3.) Always a good idea to have flashlights, batteries, and candles on hand.
4.) SALT, this year especially, to keep pathways clear of ice.
5.) Shovels of every size, and a roof rake if needed.
6.) Straw is always a handy thing to have around. If you are in a century home it makes a great outdoor insulator along the base of your home on the north side if necessary, and one or two over your septic tank makes easy access if you ever run into a problem in winter.
7.) Homes are usually fine, but if you have frozen water pipes in the barn then a safe way to warm them is with hot water from the house.
8.) Games & activities on hand to play indoors if school buses aren't running due to weather.
Rural living in the winter isn't all that different than living in town but the pluses are many.
A.) If your lucky enough to have a pond or low area in a field where you can ice skate.
B.) A hill or incline of some sort for tobogganing or sleding.
C.) Snow shoeing, cross country skiing, or walking over fields or in the woods in a winter wonderland.
E.) If you have horses then a sleigh/cutter ride is a great days outing.
F.) A hot toddy by the window and beside the fire, looking out at the beautiful snow covered country side while your snug inside. Enjoy the winter wild life & nature.