December 6, 2015

The usual garden view, not much changed from last week, just a few different things lying about.

The usual garden view, not much changed from last week, just a few different things lying about.

Fine weather for getting things done around the farm.  Usually when we have mild weather late into the fall our laneway gets to be very muddy and often impassable.  It was muddy at the first corner for a while but not impassable and right now is as good as it ever is. Alright, I know that it is never good, too bumpy and the centre is too high, but it works and is not too hard on resources.  If we were to abandon our driveway it would quickly be reclaimed by grass and shrubs and trees and one would not know that it had ever been there.  That would not happen if it were graveled or paved with concrete or asphalt.  We do have some concrete slabs set in part of the drive but there is no deep gravel base to keep them from shifting and they are easily picked up and moved.  And they were going to the landfill when we got them.

These four like the present weather except today is pretty damp, but not too cold.  They don't give much thought though to the condition of our lane.

These four like the present weather except today is pretty damp, but not too cold. They don’t give much thought though to the condition of our lane.

We have been trying to get our new duck house built and have made good progress, one more day should see it finished but for some details.  It is going to be a substantial affair even though it is relatively small so it is heavy, but is also being designed to be moved, if not by two men, then by the horses.  It is not intended to be moved often and will likely stay put for the winter and then in the spring moved maybe once a month or so. The ducks have about stopped laying eggs and will not likely resume until March though we may still get one or two or three every week until then.  When they do resume laying I would expect that each hen duck will lay maybe 5 eggs a week, down a bit from their first year.

The nearly finished duck hut with props still against the front and back walls.

The nearly finished duck hut with props still against the front and back walls.

Everyone including horses, cows and sheep and especially the donkey really like this weather.  Hay consumption is down a bit from when it is quite cold.  Helps that one can stand still in the fall sunshine, weak though it is, and still get warmed. Great for us human animals too.

The milkers waiting patiently to go to the barn

The milkers waiting patiently to go to the barn

We still have a few things growing in very small quantities in the garden; Kale,  Swiss Chard, Green Onion, Leeks, Celery, Lettuce, Arrugula and Cabbage leaves and probably other things that I cannot remember just now.  Normally most of that, perhaps only excepting the kale, would have been done in by cold, frost and drying winds in early November.

The red and green Kale plants still look very good and are very crisp and tasty too.

The red and green Kale plants still look very good and are very crisp and tasty too.

 

 

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