The usual garden view this morning with snow still here though some has melted away.
This was the same view last week. The photo that I did not get posted. We use these little wagons for hauling wood from the wood pile along the driveway, picture at the bottom of this page, to the woodshed.
Second attempt at doing this weeks blog. I was putting up photos but when I attempted to remove a photo that was in the wrong spot, the whole blog disappeared. Now I have had to begin all again. WordPress often does strange things.
Looking down the driveway past the wood piles. This same shot appeared a blog or two ago minus the snow.
We had our first real snowfall of the season on Thursday and when it was all done Friday there was about 8 cm (3 inches) on the ground. Little wind though so that was a good thing. The snow has since melted a bit and the forecast is for warm temperatures, plus 7 or 8°C and sunshine on the weekend so likely it will all be gone after that. Good thing too as there is still much that we need to do.
This is the garlic patch under a nice uniform blanket of fresh snow.
This is the garlic patch just before we planted the last of it. Three row per bed.
We finished up planting the garlic just as the snow started to fall on Thursday afternoon. It was a bit difficult planting as the ground was partially frozen and it was necessary to run the cultivator down the furrow to break up the soil enough that the cloves would stay put. It worked fine and we got it all in and covered as the snow started to accumulate. The garlic will slumber all winter, gradually growing roots when the ground is not frozen and poke green shoots up in mid spring. We do have to spread a mix of compost and leaves on the garlic and cover the entire area with straw mulch to finally finish the job.
These hens are really liking the warm Monday sunshine.
A Tom turkey is quite interesting. He was posturing, trying to be a tough guy as I squatted down to get a photo.
The hen turkey is a little less feisty. Turkeys do certainly have an unusual head.
The hens are off their lay just a bit now. They have been going down all fall. The lay should stabilize at this low level for a while and then gradually increase, especially as the day length increases. When sun and warmth return about the first of March and when the grass greens and insects start to appear, the hens will be back to their full production.
The end bit of the driveway at the road is about one third complete in this photo taken last week.
This is the jumbled pile of seasoned wood from which we are pulling logs and branches cutting them to stove length here if they are large or hauling them to the woodshed if they are a little more manageable.
We still have much to do. The list is about the same as the one that I’ve probably listed before with maybe one or two things stuck off and several more added on. We are still working to finish off the end of the laneway at the road where Aerron has placed stones and a layer of fine gravel to eliminate an area that was prone to becoming knee deep mud in late fall and early spring. That is nearly finished. We are still bringing up wood from along the driveway to the woodshed to have it under cover out of the weather. That is a job that will be ongoing for quite a few weeks yet. No shortage of things to do then.