Many of the Parishioners here are Farmers or in some way connected to Agriculture. Having spoken with a couple of dairy farmers in the last few days I am getting a greater understanding of how tough this cold, icy weather can be. Their work takes much longer in these freezing conditions, as they do everything to stop the water pipes from freezing, keeping the yard from getting too slippery and trying to prevent the cows skating around! Then there’s loads of other stuff which to a layman like myself I wouldn’t get or understand, but nevertheless farmers have both my sympathy and my prayers at this time.
Yesterday I was driving (very slowly) through Kilmalooda on my way to a visit. I had set out too early and had some time to spare so I took a few pictures. Firstly the one at the top of the cows, (which got me thinking again about the farmers), then one of the church (or rather 21 pictures merged together to form a giant picture on the computer),
then one of the icy road
and finally one of the old raiding Castle in the valley. For all its harshness, the snow and ice is at the same time, quite beautiful…