March 13, 2017 FARM NEWS

The usual Monday morning garden view before the snowfall has started.

The thermometer is in the pot where the syrup is being finished. when the temperature gets to 219 degrees F then it is ready.

Not the best weather the past week. Most of it has been just too cold. It has been dry though and that was helpful.  Helpful too was the occasional sun, but not the wind.  The chickens and ducks don’t seem to have been affected too much by the weather though, they are still laying eggs quite well.  When it is pleasant enough, not much wind or lots of sun, then the birds will happily come out of their house and scratch and poke about seeing what they can find and seeming to very much enjoy the search.

The ducks just doing their thing, or at least one of their things. That is Johnny D. duck there with the white breast and looking intently at us. Photo by Briar Simon.

There have been more lambs born and all have been doing quite well.  About half of the ewes have lambed thus far so warmer weather would also be better for them too.  We’ll be shearing the wool from the sheep in about a month or six weeks or so and will have wool available for sale.  We will take the most of it to a mill to be washed, carded and spun into yarn and that will be available as well as the raw wool. Our sheep are Border Cheviot.  This breed has a fleece that is described as being long, strong and lustrous with a staple length of 3 to 5 inches or 10 to 13 cm, 27 to 33 microns, 48 to 56 spinning count, dense, springy and resilient with a helical crimp.  If you know what all that means; tell me, I need educating but am pretty certain that it is a pretty good type of wool. I’ll see if I can get a close photo of the wool on a sheep.

Leucan looking quite good.  Photo by Briar Simon

The whole herd of horses.

The garden  slumbers on, waiting, like all of us, for warmer, more spring like weather. We have moved a small amount of compost into the garden but spent much of our time getting firewood into the woodshed. The weather was such that over the past few days it has been dry enough that much of the wood lying about had dried enough that it is burning nicely.

A kale plant typical of many that have survived the winter.

Still doing all the garden planning and preparation for seeding.  Lots to do.  We are still doing maple syrup too though with the cold days the sap is not running.  We have a lot of sap in buckets so the boiling down of sap to syrup continues.

Five pots with maple sap being boiled down on the stove. Still room for coffee pot and cups. Some of the finished sap in the bottles on top the warming oven.

The thermometer is in the pot where the syrup is being finished. when the temperature gets to 219 degrees F then it is ready.

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