Farm News, January 2, 2013

Hello;  Things are now gradually returning to a more normal state after the good times had during the holiday season. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time with children and grandchildren. But as I stated in the last blog we have a lot of work ahead of us, not just keeping up with the routine jobs such as looking after all the animals at least twice daily and the continuing work keeping up with the firewood, but really getting into the preparations for the 2013 growing season. Probably the first thing to do is to make a plan, but that is the obvious and most appropriate thing to do so we likely will not do that.

New Years day turned into a real nice sunny, if cold, day and I went for a walk with the four older grandchildren and we spent about 3/4 of an hour having an adventure walking the field looking for coyote tracks. We spotted quite a few deer tracks, interesting as we don’t see deer often, we noted several spots were unknown bird species had landed in the snow, and we may have seen one set of coyote tracks but the soft snow and subsequent wind had blurred them too much to recognize ( they might well have just been more deer tracks ). We did come across two sets of tracks which I couldn’t recognize and have not been able to identify from my tracks and tracking book. I need to keep an eye out for more of them, and take measurements and photos. Another sighting of eagles, two again and this time just to the north of our garden area and below tree-top height. They circled and swung erratically and I ran for my camera and they of course dissappeared. Completely, not seen since. Just three photos, all taken to-day, another nice sunny and cold day. we will have to protect the remaining Kale and Broccoli from the rabbits as they will, if we let them, eat it all leaving just the thick central stem.

My favourite scene for recording seasonal changes. The page fence is new.

My favourite scene for recording seasonal changes. The page fence is new.

brussels Sprouts plant, we had two others of these for new years dinner.

brussels Sprouts plant, we had two others of these for new years dinner.

Jan. 2 '13, cat and goose soaking up a warm january sun

Jan. 2 ’13, cat and goose soaking up a warm january sun

The kale rows looking quite lean now, still good leaves but the rabbits know it too.

The kale rows looking quite lean now, still good leaves but the rabbits know it too.

This scene has been photoed a few times in the fall and looks very differnent each time of course.

This scene has been photoed a few times in the fall and looks very differnent each time of course.

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