Spring: Has it arrived yet ? I think so. The sunny days are great and in spite of sometimes being below freezing the sun is now strong enough to turn those bare spots, including our driveway, into mud, and, when the air temperature is above freezing and the day is sunny, the mud just gets deeper and water is everywhere and birds are celebrating and it sure feels
good. Course much of the time now we cannot navigate the driveway by vehicle without the risk of getting mired in the mire. Still a good amount of snow and ice around though and a little more forecast too but this is surely the last fling.
Work: As each week passes we look back and wonder what happened. Well, much did
happen. We cut a lot of fire
wood as usual and we burned a lot too. We are giving the new pup, the Maremma puppy, a lot of attention, training him. That mostly involves paying attention to his behaviour with the sheep, no chasing, no grabbing for instance and keeping him acquainted with the kids. He stays with the sheep all the time, eating and sleeping with them. The
idea is that he bonds with them and considers himself as part of their family, maybe he will think he is a sheep. There are 9 new lambs so far this winter and there are more to come so that requires extra time just observing as well as helping the new and expectant mothers. We are finalizing the list of seeds that need to be purchased and are a bit late but we will also be sending out for mail order
seeds. Much of that is for
varieties that we would like to try in our garden under our care and our conditions to compare with other varieties that we grow.
Horses: We are talking with someone to purchase their team. The horses are Belgians just like the two we have now. They are considerably younger so we will get a lot more work out
of them for longer each
day. We will use our old team for light work and we won’t work them for very long each day. They are 24 and 27 years old so that is getting on for horses. The gelding Wimpy is doing much better now and is slowly gaining weight again. We continue to feed him a commercial “Senior Horse Ration” to help him along. He should really improve once he is on grass pasture once more. We should have more definite
information to give out on the replacement team next week.
Chickens: The hens are laying much better now with the extra sunshine and the warmer temperatures. They really like to get outside and wander around looking for little morsels to eat. They will be searching for insects and seeds and they might come across a very few beetles and ants on the very warm sunny
days and there may even be a few weed seeds still to be had. They all seem to be healthy and not to have gotten any frost bite on combs or wattles. We really must order the new birds