Wood behaves differently too, it seemed. Almost as if it split with more explosive force. Not with an even "crack", but with a "bang", sending pieces of wood all over the place.
The sun went down and it got colder, fast. Time to call it a day anyway, as I do not like to work this way in the dark. So I packed up my gear, tidied up the workarea and as I wanted to wipe of the small pieces of wood and other stuff off the business end of the axe, this happend....
Another memo to me; do not mess with metal in these temperatures! I hate to think what the effect would be on bare fingers.
And since I am sitting at home right now, trying to recover from a cold I've been fighting for a while, yet evidently lost that fight, I have time to read a lot (I am working my way through Jean M. Auels "Earth children"-series. great books, but I'll tell you about them, when I'm done with all 6 of them) and I have time to look around and see what's happening around the house. Today I was astonished to see large groups of small birds, that had gathered in our garden. Dozens of them of at least 7 different species. A part from the usual suspects, we were now being visited by large groups of gulsparv(Emberiza citrinella), Grönsiska (Carduelis spinus) and even some grönfink (Chloris chloris). It was quit a sight!!
I wanted to go out and check out our deerfeeder and look if the deer had shown up, I somehow got the idea of taking my selfmade moccassins and to try them. It should be cold, and thus dry, enough at -15. I put on a pair of thick socks over a pair of thin ones, hoisted myself in my large green coat and other winterstuff and took a walk around the house. Deertracks were plentyfull, as were the places where they had been feeding, besides the feeder. Feet felt comfy, so I walked to our mailbox a few hundred meters away. I was surprised by the feel and grip my footwear gave me on a compacted snowsurface! By the time I got home, toes were feeling a chilly and upon inspection were a bit moist allready after a good half an hour. Those huntingsocks I bought are rubbish and not to be used outside by me. Should have known with 35% polyamid and 25% elasthan. So these came off and I tried a thin pair of wool socks, topped by a pair of thicker (but not really thick) woolsocks (both pairs a claimed 95% wool). And as long as I was going for a walk again, I might as well try some other things. So I stuffed my new, old pack with some random gear, grabbed some dirtcheap leather mittens I got from a secondhandshop last winter and headed out again. I wanted to see where the deer were coming from and I just had to get out. Out of the house and into the fresh air.
Upon arrival home I checked my feet; socks were dry as was the inside of the moccassins. The outside was damp, but not wet. The top of the shaft had accumulated some snow, but my pants (jeans) were wet and the skin on the calves below the knee was icecold. Next time I'll take my woolpants again! Never had that happen to them befor.
A short walk, but I had some exercise and fresh air and learned a few things, too. Stay out of deep snow if possible, unless you have the means to "stay on top of it", meaning skis, snowshoes or something similar. Makes things a lot less tough. Jeans are no good for this kind of thing. Dry snow sticks like glue, even when cold and dry. My next pair of moccassins needs to be just a little larger, especially around the toes. With the mentioned 2 pair of socks I still had some room left, but don't know if that is enough. I already noticed that my feet are becoming more of a problem in winter since this year, meaning they tend to get (and stay) colder faster. So for me that is someting to keep an eye on and work on this winter.
The pack feels comfortable, but I haven't tried it for real yet. The same goes for the mittens. These have a shaft that is to narrow to go over the cuffs of this coat and to wide to fit comfortably in them. But with a pair of thin fingergloves in them, they did very well in keeping the hands warm. Maybe I should add a little brush to my kit, so I can brush off snow from clothing and gear.....