The Weather: We have had another snow storm, in case you are trapped in a windowless basement and haven’t noticed. This snowstorm has turned out to be somewhat less intense than the buildup regarding the impending storm seemed to be saying. Our monthly meeting for the Southern Ontario Heritage Livestock Club was set for
Wednesday evening in Vineland but was cancelled because of the uncertainties around the weather. Probably the right decision in light of what was happening
The Horses: We, mostly Aerron have already shoveled out the driveway again. We have been shoveling by hand because of the age of our horses.
Wimpy, the gelding is now 27 years old and has lost some of his molars making the grinding of his food difficult. We supplement his hay with a good amount of grain plus a senior horse ration three times a day. The mare gets slightly less as she still has good teeth. Winter means that they need more food just to
maintain their body heat, good higher energy food is very helpful hence the grain and supplement. Working the horses even a little would cost a lot in energy for them so we have been resting them for now and we’ll put them to some light work come spring. But we will for sure have to get another team to do the heavy work needed to prepare the garden for spring planting. For now our present team, Wimpy
and Marie are doing alright and are slowly regaining weight.
The Work: The work load for us this week has continued to be concentrated on getting ready for spring but also just keeping up with the firewood for our two woodstoves, one at the yurt and one in our house. Mostly the house and yurt are comfortable enough but
when the wind blows hard and it is very cold then it is difficult to get the house up to a comfortable temperature. We have also found time to do other things connected with preparing for the upcoming growing season though much more work needs to be done.
Photos: When out taking photos I am always watching for birds or any
other wildlife to capture with the camera but mostly it seems that they see me coming and disappear or I just don’t have the camera with me. About two weeks ago as I was walking back to the house from clearing snow from the lane, I watched an Eagle fly up the valley, the first I have seen since the fall. Interesting flocks of Geese and sometimes ducks also often
fly by when I don’t have my camera. Wednesday though, when I walked about looking for photos, I spotted a Mockingbird in the woodshed. Though the door was wide open and there is a gaping hole at one end so long as I didn’t panic the bird it stayed in the same area and I was able to get several photos and here are some of them. In the shed at the same time were
the goose and the cat Molly. The goose ignores other birds and Molly seems to be too well fed by me to bother chasing a bird. The chickens continue to do well in spite of the cold, no frostbite and they are laying reasonably well. We have been keeping their door shut on very cold or windy or cloudy days. They stay inside anyway and an open door only cools down their house.
Remember to contact us if you are at all interested in participating in the CSA in 2014, read the brochure pages here and call or e-mail if you have any other questions. Talk at you again in a weeks time.
Click on the images to get them larger. Have to go chop some firewood.