Life in a colorful box during a Vermont winter

Life in a colorful box during a Vermont winter

We’ve had a great cover of snow over the past few weeks. Then we had a deep, deep Arctic freeze. Now we’re having a fabulous January thaw.
I checked the hives today to see if our happy honeybees were still happy.

They are. And so am I.

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  1. Lucky! I checked ours yesterday and although one was AOK it would appear that we’ve lost the other. How are the sheep? Ours would rather have the ground frozen … this thaw has produced much mud. They are turning their noses up at the hay and would rather nuzzle around for the few blades of grass that have made themselves available – silly things. The horses, in contrast, would rather spend their day in the barn with hay than have to walk about to graze the hillsides. As I write this reply my eye was drawn to the right to marvel at the image of Char and the spring-loaded lamb that I have enjoyed before – that’s really a great shot. When are you expecting lambs? Our season window opens sometime around the middle of March. Friends of ours not too far away will begin shearing in February! Is spring really that close? I hope so. Keep warm and dry. D

    1. I started tomato & lettuce seeds on the kitchen counter yesterday, just finished looking at some lovely crocus photos from last year..how quickly we move on to the next season!
      The sheep & horses here are loving this thaw – they do like to look for tender bites, but my pastures are still snow-covered.
      Lambing from March – May – a couple of my “wether” lambs last summer turned out to not have been wethered at all. So, I am not sure what to expect.
      Our hired ram, Orin, is here for a couple more weeks. There is at least one ewe that will bear his offspring, expected in May.
      The other ewes, well, not sure if they were already impregnated.
      One of THOSE years for lambing! Oh well.
      We shear in March. Feb. is too soon, too cold around here.
      Thanks re:Char & springloaded Aisling! That little one still rockets around. We let her out every now and then and she is quite amusing.
      Happy Thaw! Hope the muck is not too hard on everyone – it’s supposed to be on the milder side all week here. Weather-games…

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