Thursday, December 27, 2012

Morning chores

The temperatures have been in the teens these past few mornings. The ducks have been anxious to return to the coop before egg gathering is finished. Their water has been frozen every morning and I have been breaking it with the corner of a shovel.
This morning I went to let the ducks out and found that their water was frozen solid, nothing was going to give the ducks water unless I brought it to them.
After bringing back the eggs I filled three five-gallon buckets with hot water and drove them over to the coop. Once the water was poured into the watering containers the geese and ducks were thrilled and stood in the pool of warm water to drink and to wash. They love water and I know it will be many more trips with buckets of water before spring comes.

Sending love and wet duck kisses from the farm,

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas at last!!

It may seem silly but it doesn't feel like Christmas until we have snow. It snowed on December 21, just in time to cover the ground and usher in Christmas break.

The ducks and geese have survived some frigid nights but are impatient when I collect eggs; they want back into the coop out of the cold. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Sending love and snowy kisses from the farm,

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Snowless December

Even though the fields are resting and the garden is empty we have been busy. The ducks have been giving us eggs each day and the geese should be soon. Every morning I go into the coop I expect to find geese eggs. So far, none.
Other points of excitement include the news that cougars have been spotted in our area. Since we live about an hour from a major city it seems unlikely, and yet, they have been spotted just outside that major city.
We have no snow and have actually broken a record for more than 280 days without measurable snowfall. Last year was "snowless" and now it seems this year could be too.
I bought more yarn to make Travis and Arliss some scarves --camouflage colors of course.
My dad brought his tractors and 1929 Dodge out to "sleep" for the winter. That seems the best way to explain it to my 3 year old nephew. The three Farmall tractors are tucked in until spring.
The fruit trees need pruning, the garden shed needs to be organized again, and the duck coop needs a new roof.
I should organize my sewing room and go through the boys' toys that they have outgrown.
But there are gardening books to read, a quilt to keep working on, scarves to knit and quiet to appreciate.

The Christmas tree is up and the boys helped me put up lights outside this year.
I can hardly believe it will be Christmas in less than two weeks. I am hoping for some snow by then.

For now, know that we wish you a merry and bright Christmas. May you be with those you hold near to your heart.
Blessings to you and yours for the farm.

deck is all "decked out"

the water trough for the cattle is tucked in for the winter

view from the east hay field

glorious duck eggs

wintry morning

Travis decorated the barn doors

the F-12 and the "H"

dinner time!

view from the front yard