Its early already, and its cold and snowy here. Really, really cold. I usually get ambitious and ride in the winter down at the local indoor arena (still cold but at least dry ground). I've just been so not into it this year. Its been as low as -27C and about -17 most nights. The sun is just starting to come up when I go to work and have about 15-20 minutes of light when I get home, so I can barely get the dogs some exercise most nights.
BLAH. You folks have even less sunlight in the winter than here... so what does everyone do to combat it short of packing up and going to a warm sunny beach somewhere? Looking for new ideas... other than calling in sick when theres a sunny day! Its going to be a long winter...
In those temperatures I would probably hibernate lol
The weather we get here is obviously much milder than that but we do have lots of wind and rain and mud to deal with. I also have really good waterproof gear, definitely requires. This year I was better prepared for winter, by accident actually in that I didn't get enough dry days in the summer to cut my hay field so for the last 6 weeks the horses have been slowly eating that down. The longer grass has helped to stop the field getting too muddy but that's not going to last too much longer and they will have to come onto the hard standing in the next few weeks.
Dealing with the dark, well over the years I've been adding more and more outside lights, I have a good quality head torch too for checking them in the field and am very fortunate to have an arena at home so can still ride even if the field is off limits
It's hard work and I've had to come up with my own routines and way of doing things but it works for me
Eeeek! That's cold! It's been so warm here the last couple of days that I had to take my jacket off, before I melted!
Dog wise, I have a Spotlit lite that I clip on his collar, so that I can see where he is, when walking in our own fields. If I walk on the roads, he has a reflective collar and lead set, as well as a reflective neckerchief (sp?) I wear reflectives too and wear a headlight!
Sorry... was having a computer fight. Its warmed up here a little in N. Nevada, US. Its hard to describe... high, cold desert if that makes sense. My house is at 5,600' elevation, but the mountains are impressive. Warmed up to 2C today and the sun came out (although didn't notice it much stuck in the office... boooooooo) Still haven't had much horsie time, and I haven't seen then in daylight for 5 days. Still waiting for some sunlight, but its looking like a week or more... BLAH!