Scenes from the Farm in Winter

admin February 3rd, 2011

These were taken before the 18 inches of snow that fell the other day, so you can actually see the ground, but the scene is still basically the same – white, with scattered critters. We’re all definitely starting to dream of spring!

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The creek in winter

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Asher at the Creek, exploring.

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Isaiah, finding material to repair our (very primitive) footbridge

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Hauling wood is a daily chore. When the snow is falling hard, my fuzzy, frosty spouse looks vaguely like a yeti after a few loads ;-) .

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With all this weather, it is good thing all the stuff in the root cellar is still holding up! At least we don’t have to worry about shopping between storms!
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Ducks in the Snow!  You see snow, we see a future puddle!

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I bet you didn’t know that goats could smile at you, did you? Well, Calendula says “hi!”

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Mina the Milk Truck and her daughter Poppy come out and check things out.  Don’t you admire our beauty?

I do not fear winter! I am Jessie the snow goat!

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Maia and her girls, Marshmallow and Licorice, however, see absolutely no reason to go out in the nasty snow when they could stay in the nice cozy barn. They are fairly sure their server will be by with another flake of hay any minute.

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Toasted Marshmallow the rooster says “Come back soon! Bring snacks too!”

11 Responses to “Scenes from the Farm in Winter”

  1. Gina says:

    Sigh, I might be insane but it is 70 degrees here and I am longing for “real” winter. Asher is so cute and the picture of all you have in your root cellar is awesome. We’re down to two butternut squash here.

  2. Jean says:

    Nice photos! I would love to hear more about how you manage your ducks, especially regarding living in a cold climate. Have you discussed this before? I didn’t find a link under your categories.

  3. admin says:

    No, I don’t think I have written about ducks and winter. They are very hardy, although they eat a lot of grain in the winter because they don’t have much to forage with. Hens have a somewhat more diversified diet than ducks, so they can still find a little more in winter, although not much. But the ducks don’t seem to feel the cold – they come out when no other critter will!

    Sharon

  4. Karin says:

    Love your sweet goats. We have a flock of elderly ewes, a couple of randy rams we send out for stud services and one very friendly nubian/ hagenbach whethered goat.

    We have been talking about some little nigerians for milk but we have never been midwives ( or is that goatwives) before and hope to find someone who will be lambing or kidding this spring to offer some help in exchange for sharing knowledge.

  5. madison says:

    Oh, I love the addition of photos to your site! That’s great! And great pix, love seeing the kids and animals!

  6. Bill says:

    -27 here last week…but the days are getting longer so there is hope. I love the photos of your hardy charges, they are beautiful.

  7. Claire says:

    While all the photos are great, the one that pulled at my heart the most is the creek photo. It reminded me of the one year my parents owned land that bordered a healthy creek. Sadly, it also reminded me how unhealthy the urban creek that I monitor for water quality is. But at least there are some healthy creeks left in the world. Please take good care of yours.

  8. Darlene says:

    We made it up to freezing…..but another artic blast coming in tonight.(big sigh) I am getting tired of cold!! The snow is still beautiful to see,but I’m tired of being below freezing!

  9. Marija says:

    I agree with Claire. The creek photo speaks to me. It truly captures the essence of winter.

  10. Richard says:

    Is that what they mean when they say “frozen chicken”.

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