Preparing for winter in Scotland

The media has been reporting that winter is coming!. Bit obvious that, and snow is due here within a week. Well last night it was 11C overnight and down to 8C by sunrise. Luckily we haven’t had any frosts yet although sure that will happen now.

Every year we suffer with frozen water pipes in the stables and have to cart water. It’s a hard thankless task. Our stable troughs hold about 20 litres so at the worst we only have to top them up twice a day. This always happens when the weather is at it’s worst and we can put horses out.

So this year we have made a determined effort to put insulation on all our water pipes. Theory being if it does get cold we won’t have to cart water and if we do it may only be for a couple of days.

It is fiddly job using everything from No More Nails to gaffer tape and cable ties. It has been a fine fill in job on wet days!

The insulation we chose was the 15mm thick stuff and two sizes to cope with the main water pipes and the smaller down pipes. Used about 200 metres in all for the two stable blocks and the farm workshop area.

Lets just hope it works, so watch this space for when the white stuff arrives.  16th  October