"When dusk falls, shepherds lead their sheep to a safe place to spend the night, where wolves or other predators cannot prey on the sleeping sheep. Usually the shepherd builds a stone enclosure with a small opening and he calls the sheep one by one into the sheepcote for the night. When all the sheep are safely inside the sheepfold, he will lie down in the opening so that nothing can come in the only door to harm the sheep.
Merry Christmas to all family and friends from the Sheepcote! These cute acolyte/choir boys were something that our mother had years ago and we saw them every Christmas. I did not decorate for Christmas much this year, how does it creep up on us so fast? A couple of weeks ago however I cleaned out the pie safe and washed all the pottery and glassware inside it and here were these guys waiting to see another Christmas. So they have a nice place on top of the pie safe for a couple more weeks.
I feel for everyone getting blasted by the snow, even though we all need the moisture. This is a small shrub I have outside the kitchen window looking snow covered a couple of weeks ago. It continued to snow a lot after this picture and we ended up with over 14" of snow at home.
This is a cute little guy I found at a local shop, thinking how I can make guys like this for our sale. It may be the only snowman around the place this winter, you just never know.