For three years, we have been promising ourselves a couple of fruit trees. And each year the chore list is long. Tree-buying, for which we would have to actually venture away from the farm, slips to the bottom of our priorities when we’ve got so much that keeps us here. When’s the best time to [...]
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Is this February? Nope. Just the tail end of the longest winter ever. And yet. See the buds on that tree? Warmth is coming. Just not today.
Hello, longer days. You will defeat the snow eventually.
We may have had 30 cm of snow descend upon us (with 10 more expected tonight, but we won’t talk about that) but that doesn’t matter. Spring is here, and I have proof. This sweet little thing was born sometime last night to Penelope, a sheep we never had high expectations of. She was always [...]
Every year at about this time, I remember winter won’t last forever. I can feel the days growing ever so slightly longer, and the angle of the sun changes. Then, eventually a warm spell graces our cold landscape and I find myself out for a walk, drawn to gaze at the tips of tree branches [...]
…that transforms everything.
It’s a delightful thing to see happy bees gorging on sunflowers. These pictures were taken a few weeks ago at a nearby fibre retreat: we don’t have any lambs or sheepskin rugs, and the sunflowers around here are now bedraggled from a week’s worth of light sporadic frosts. But look how jaunty these blooms were [...]
Some sort of heirloom zucchini, admired by Mark and a wrapped-up baby. Nathan pays homage to the strange vine while sun sparkles on the leaves of the Manitoba maples.
There are already scads of green tomatoes in our raised bed of glory. And there are clearly more on the way. If all works out, we will be able to actually bathe in tomatoes every night for a week and still have enough to top our salads with. I have been dreaming of the glorious [...]
You would have been able to see it by the time you reached the doorway of the area we store our straw: something hovering in midair, swaying gently in the breeze. On closer inspection–though you’d be walking slowly at this point, feet grown suddenly heavier as the body senses something strange–the tapered, swinging shape would [...]