Everything is going along well and it is nice that we are having some warmer above freezing weather. The chickens and ducks roam around more when it is sunny, above freezing and the winds are light. Horses and cows are also much more comfortable too standing dozing in the warm sun. As of today there are 9 weeks and two days until March 21, the vernal equinox, spring. Hopefully the weather by then will more closely match the earth’s position in the solar orbit.
The daily work continues. These days Aerron is cleaning the barn, an enormous task. We are bringing more wood into the woodshed as hour pile in there is dwindling with the constant feeding of the woodstove when it is so cold. Interesting that the yurt though thinly insulated, or maybe because it is thinly insulated, warms quickly when the stove is fired first thing in the morning and often gets warmer even though the fire is not stoked and soon dies out for the day. A direct contrast to our house which is reasonably well insulated though a bit drafty but in which we struggle most of the day to get the temperature up to what the yurt attained in about an hour. We need to yurtify the house.
The warm weather days have made for a muddy lane way but this is a little better than shoveling snow. Great ruts get frozen in place if we don’t rake them out before it freezes.
The annual Guelph Organic Conference is on at the end of the month, in about two weeks. We shall try to go this year but we’ll see what weather is forecast before committing ourselves to the trip. It is always a useful time where we can take in some workshops and roam the trade show. Always something to be learned that can be tried to see how it works in our situation.