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Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts

27 February 2017

2017


































After a couple months away from the blog, I'm going to try and post more regularly again.  

Life is so busy, even during the slowest months here on the farm.

We've enjoyed time in the wintry weather we've had, briefly enjoyed the natural ice rink in our field, worked on crafts of all kinds, spend hours cooking each week (I've finally figured out a sourdough rhythm that's working), try to keep up with schooling, celebrated two birthdays (F turned 4! and K turned 13!!), and tapped out and boiled three times now.  F and I visited a dear friend in Connecticut, and I took all of the kids to meet up with some of my family just this past week.  

We are hoping the warm days we've had this week will now hold off until spring so we can make some more syrup.   We aren't ready for spring yet!



15 February 2016

a cold, bright day






It is finally very cold here...normally this is typical for several weeks in January, but this year it feels shockingly cold, coming after such a mild winter.
I am so thankful for our woodheat (and for Adam waking several times a night to load the stove).  It is the only heat we have, but we are fortunate to have a cookstove in addition to our woodstove.  We use both when it is so cold.

One of our sows farrowed three days early, during this cold snap.  A pig's gestation is so short that each day early affects the outcome of the litter greatly.  We lost the whole litter.  Maybe if the weather was warmer, they would have fared better, but in any case, it is upsetting.  

The sun is shining brightly today, our walls are covered in valentines and the kids and I are readying for a visit with my parents (meeting up in the finger lakes of New York).



05 February 2016

february












February is always a restless month for me.   Maybe it's this warm weather we've been having, or the anticipation of sugaring, or the restless kids who are more and more reluctant to homeschool.  

Last week, we paused our afternoon routine to join Adam outside.  A neighbor wanted some trees taken down, so Adam and a friend cut them down and began stacking them logs for next year.  We lit a fire (and then Micah worked on making his own) and sipped tea and piled brush.  

This week, the warmth and the rains meant flooding all over the farm.  The kids got out their winter tubes and floating around.  It was a very wet, very fun afternoon.  We hoped a freeze-up would make a good ice rink, but it seems to be draining before a good freeze comes.

I am even out of the rhythm in the kitchen.  (Pictured are some biscuits that F helped me with--flat but tasty).  What foods have you been making lately?  I need some inspiration!  

We bought many of our syrup bottles, which wait stacked in our mudroom.  
And the seed order at work (the co-op where I work) came in this week...that's a sign of spring-right?


22 January 2016

these days









Cold and bright...
the cows have been spending these sunny days outside,
the chickens still prefer the warmth of the high tunnel, where we've been wintering them this year
and my favorite spot is knitting next to the woodstove

29 December 2015

First Snow




We had our first real snow last night.  Icy snow, but it still made the kids quite happy.
There was sledding down the small hill we have, sled rides behind the cub cadet and a little farmgirl that was very shy about actually walking in the snow.  

Adam and I spent most of the day rearranging in our house...not an easy thing to do in a small farmhouse but my "craft room" got a lot bigger (shared with the toys and the laundry).  Will post pics soon.  :)  

05 March 2015

keeping busy

























 farms and towns
lots of reading
the current favorite game
baby washing
so much snow
and snow forts, too