everything on the farm right now just seems so dead. until yesterday everything was brown and gross and gray and now it’s buried under another foot of snow. monday night my pal jess and her family came over to talk some landscaping plans for the front of the house and then the next night we had 8 inches of snow and this morning we measured over a foot in most places. come on march! this is brutal. at least it’s all supposed to melt again. even thought the snow is present there are still some signs of life around here although small but hey i’ll take the small farm stuff.
i’m going to start this off by saying while i love my sheep (and all my animals) sheep are very…stupid. they will come up close and at any sudden movement will bolt to get away sometimes right into the side of the barn. i have to say that the many references to humans as sheep means something completely different when you actually have sheep. it’s like an insult you don’t get until you are driving home from the party. although it is very cool to understand what it really means to be a “shepherd” to the sheep. i am by no means comparing joe to Jesus (no matter how awesome joe thinks he is) but it is interesting that when Joe heads out there (he is the one usually feeding them) they come rushing out to see him and will follow him around until he finally does get them what they are after.
as you can see ring leader betty back there has this mentality like her two little minions up front as what business you have with betty. betty….looks like the god father in this picture. as if to say ” i hear you didn’t stop at TSC to pick up more sweet oats on your way home. That cuts me deep abigail (takes a drag of her stogie) that cuts me real deep”.
sweet mercy i need to get out more.
we are going to have to separate stanley here soon he is starting to get little nubby horns and if/when he starts showing interest in his ladies we are going to need to keep him from getting to aggressive. we have been looking at some options for pasture buddies but still have a bit of research to do.
in other exciting news…. maple syrup production has started for the season! we got our first jar on sunday. the trees are from our neighbors woods and that family has been doing this together for generations. when their “production facility” was in too bad of shape to continue using they started using ours about 15 years ago. it’s kind of cool to come home to the smell of hot sugar sap boiling away. although sometimes it gets super smokey it’s worth it for the syrup. it’s fun to go out and check in and watch it all boil down through the old stove. this should continue on for the next couple of weeks.
and that is about it. i was hoping to do some winter clean up this weekend but …. it looks like it’s going to still be winter here for a while. i hope everyone enjoys our (hopefully) last snow of the season…..0