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Let spring begin

Well spring is here and it came in with another round of snow.

Thankfully it was beautiful to look at and gone within a day. Hopefully we can start to get night temperatures above forty so we can leave the seedlings out in each night instead of taking them in and out each day.

Yesterday my morning routine was disrupted by a great surprise, Caro, finally gave birth. I opened the door to the goat house and it almost seemed peculiar to see a baby goat laying next to her. My brain took a few seconds to actually comprehend what I was seeing. But there it was. She had done it all on her own. So meet Lulu.

She looks just like here momma don’t you think?

Well off to the yarden to gsd. Have a good one world.


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January rolls on

The month of January rolls onward with almost frightening speed. A little recap of the past couple weeks is in order.  We had our first snowfall of the year.

Just after the roads had cleared we made our annual trek to Atlanta for the AmericasMart Gift and Home Decor show.  One member of the homestead tried to stow away and come with us but got caught in the act.

p has used up her Christmas gift certificate to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and has organized them all by when we need to start each of them.

We have also turned part of our bathroom into a plant nursery, complete with grow lights to help us have our best vegetable year since we moved here.

So I prepare to be overrun by small plants and await my fate. Today, though, I sit inside on a Sunday morning as a drizzle falls, preceding a deluge the weather channel says is to arrive shortly.  The budgies have begun the daily squawk as English Premier League plays on the tv. A drive into the city for a family meal will come in a few hours, but for now I sit with a cup of coffee, looking out across the land.

The world is an okay place, my friends.


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Snow again

Well the snow is falling again on the homestead.  

As of yesterday the ducks had been fighting valiantly to keep a small home of open water in the icy pond.  I am amazed every day how cold tolerant ducks are.  The fact they can swim in that ice hole and stand for long periods on the ice is astounding.   
   When I’m not mesmerized by the ducks, I’ve been working on the goat area. I’ve got three side of the area enclosed by fencing and have installed a gate to the front side.  

I’ve started construction on the barn and was able to get the floor leveled and built before the snow.  
   In clearing the area there may have been a former structure where I’m building, or at least a dumping ground.  

The new chickens have started laying and our egg cartons have gotten much more colorful.  
  Until next time my friends.


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And the snow came down

The massive snow storm that blasted the midatlantic hit us about 9am on the 22nd. It started for me earlier than that, I woke up about 5am and started thinking about all the things I should do before the snow got too heavy.  I checked the generator in case of a power outage, that thankfully never happened. I put whatever wood I could put my hands on around the bottom of the rabbit hutch and an extra tarp for the top.  Then we sat back and waited for it to arrive. 

The ducks don’t seem to mind the snow, as opposed to the chickens who look outside the coop and say “oh heck no, I’ll stay right here.”

The duck house provided on of my favorite scenes from the snow. 

As did the path lights. 

We did have to deal with one small downed tree blocking the driveway.    
We worked hard and shoveled ourselves out.


And the state and county have done a great job on the road we live on.

And now, after a hards day work, we are cleaning out some of the left over meats in the fridge to make a big pot of chili.