Farm Learning: How Cold it Really Gets at the Farm

On December 28th, we decided that we would take a trip out to the farm to meet up with Andrew and Bri to learn a bit more about where things are, how the irrigation system works, and get the tractor on the trailer to take into the shop for some servicing.  As some of you probably also experienced, December 28th was a cold day. A really cold day -28C without the windchill. As Gary and I were getting ready to go to the farm, I mentioned to him that it was going to be extra cold because there isn't much shelter on an open piece of land. I began to bundle up, but putting on winter boots, multiple pairs of pants, layers of tops, two pairs of mittens, a toque, scarf and winter jacket. I walk out into the living room and see Gary ready to go, only wearing a pair of running shoes, jeans, a hoodie, a light jacket and gloves. I remind him again, its cold at the farm. To which he replies - I am ok with cold. So we head out to the farm and take on the first task of moving some lumber from a pile outside to under a shed. After moving a few pieces I turn around to find Gary and can't see where he has gone. After a few more minutes, he comes out from the irrigation shed and says, I've taken my shoes off and tried rubbing my feet to warm them up but I think they are still freezing. At that point it was best for him to head back to the truck and turn on the heat.

The next day we went to some stores to take a look at finding him a pair of boots, but didnt find any at a good price. Lucky for him a few weeks later we were in Costco and found a pair of muck boots that stay warm to -40C. 

Testing out the new muck boots

Testing out the new muck boots