Now and for the next couple of months we will go between perfectly beautiful and clean (with a layer of snow) to genuinely sloppy and unkempt. But even with the farm at its most muddy and crusty, there is always something extraordinary to look at, such as the reflection of the winter sun in the puddle above.
Looks like I wasn’t the only one out for a walk. Tom and Jerry were making a racket right behind me!
It is a slow time on the farm. Very few litters, calves and lambs and a lot time for planning the next season. And the animals do a fair amount of laying about, vying for the best place to burrow in and snooze.
I am especially fascinated with the chickens. These laying hens are mixed bag of Barred Rock, Ameraucanas (the Easter Egg chicken, below), Rhode Island Reds and a few others.
They’re quite curious, but they move around quickly. Sometimes you can’t get the shot…
But sometimes you can…and it might haunt your dreams!
I’m pretty sure this chicken was a bouncer in another life.
We made a special visit yesterday to Rosemary, a longtime and important friend of the farm. Just like the plant for which she is named, her spirit, strength and beauty shine through and are contagious no matter the ‘season’. We are sending our best wishes and thoughts to her and her family.