Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Snow stranded family have no heat, no power, no water... and orphaned lambs to feed

Paulina Davidson feeding one of the orphaned lambs
Paulina Davidson feeding one of the orphaned lambs
Pictures of the Chinook over James McHenry's farm just outside Glenariff, Co Antrim. The Chinook was dropping fodder to McHenry's sheep on the other side of the mountain.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 26th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com General views from the Craigantlet Hills around 5miles from Belfast where there is no sign of a break in the adverse weather conditions with some roads banked with snow 0ft in height.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 26th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com General views from the Craigantlet Hills around 5miles from Belfast where there is no sign of a break in the adverse weather conditions with some roads banked with snow 0ft in height.
Cars trapped under snow at west torr. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Northern Ireland- 26th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy snow continues to affect high areas across Northern Ireland following the bad weather at the weekend. Sheep pictured in the hills above Glenarm in Co. Antrim.
26.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The snow has forced people into abandoning cars and clearing the roads and their driveways as it has not thawed. Windermere Park in Four Winds, Belfast. Leeanne Fairfield helping to clear the road
26.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The snow has forced people into abandoning cars and clearing the roads and their driveways as it has not thawed. Carnview Road in Carnmoney.
26.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The snow has forced people into abandoning cars and clearing the roads and their driveways as it has not thawed. Carnview Road in Carnmoney. Alan McClenaghan walking home with his shopping
NIE crews making emergency repairs to the electricity network after fierce snow storms in Northern Ireland disrupted services
A Northern Ireland Electricity engineer as heavy snow falls on the Carnlough to Ballymena
A tractor attempts to clear drifting snow in the hills above the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland
A tractor attempts to clear drifting snow in the hills above the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland
A snow covered Windsor Park in Belfast
People in Belfast battle against the elements as Northern Ireland hit by snow, sleet and strong winds
A Northern Ireland Electricity engineer as heavy snow falls on the Carnlough to Ballymena road in Co Antrim
Severe weather on the Cushendall Road Ballycastle
Basil McCrea travelling through Dromara snowfields. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell
Basil McCrea with residents in Annahilt. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell
Image of a car between a snow bank. Image supplied by Paul Connolly
House of Stephen Bryden on the Cairn Road outside Carrickfergus. Image sent in by Gerry Millar
Northern Ireland Electricity crews making emergency repairs to the network after fierce snow storms (Northern Ireland Electricity/PA)
Motorists battle through blizzards and drifting snow in the hills above the Glens of Antrim
Snow ended Northern Ireland's hopes of playing Russia at the weekend
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/3/2013 An unfortunate motorist on the M1 , with the weather causing problems across the country Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Garden fox - Carrowreagh, Dundonald submitted by Carol Cinnamond March 22 2013
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/3/2013 Clearing the way on the Belfast Road outside Crumlin Co Antrim with the weather causing problems across the country Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Northern Ireland- 22nd March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Pitch inspection at Windsor Park ahead of Northern Ireland's World Cup Qualifier against Russia following a night of heavy snow. Workmen attempt to clear the pitch of snow.
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter

Mum-of-two Sharon Davidson and her family have been stuck for four days with no heating, no water and no electricity.

They have also been sharing a home with three newly-born lambs, whose mothers were among eight casualties of the treacherous weather. Snow drifts measuring 10ft high remain at their farm outside Ligoniel.

Her children Nathan (nine) and Paulina (seven), haven't been able to go to school and have been helping out on the farm."It has been an absolute nightmare, but we kept our spirits up as best we could," said Mrs Davidson, who is a regional organiser for charity Infertility Network UK.

"My daughter has been helping to bottle feed the lambs every three hours and my son has been helping me dig the snow while my husband Gary has been out in a digger trying to clear the mile-long road because Roads Service couldn't reach us."

Mrs Davidson, whose mother-in-law Susan moved in with them due to the bad weather, added: "She thinks the snow is worse than it was in 1963 during one of the worst winters on record."

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