Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Day of Spring! Ha!

In a perfect world, the first day of spring would look just like the masthead at the top (with the big Lester). Only that photo was taken on May 20, 2011, and maybe the color was enhanced just a bit in Photoshop... In 2012, we had a frost in early spring that killed almost all of the apple blossoms, so we had no pretty spring photos AND no apples last year.

The first day of spring 2013 looks just like this. A foot of snow yesterday, and snow showers for the next several days, including this afternoon while the sun was shining. We had just gotten to the point this weekend where we could see almost all of the grass, and some of the trees have the earliest leaf buds. Now it's white all over again.

If you can see the snow that's disturbed in the bottom right of the big photo—I think that was from last night where a few of the deer dug themselves a bed in the snow, right over the leach field for the septic, nice and warm! Good thing Woody has a sheet over his crate. That is right outside the window where he sleeps.

I took these photos while I had Woody out on the leash in the back. I can't even let him out to go to the bathroom, because he jumps the fence and takes off, never to be seen again. So I take him out on the leash, and he barks like a fool and aims himself at the chosen weak spot—straight ahead of him in the photo. He had also just seen some deer wandering back there, so he was even more interested in the great escape.

Sophie just hangs out on the porch with me. We both wonder if he will ever calm down.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wood Man—Wood Stove—Chickens—Snow

I've been neglecting the blog again...sorry folks! I've had the flu (or some nasty bug) for almost 3 weeks now. That's my main excuse, that and I just have not been motivated to take many photos of our snowy landscape.

This winter hasn't really been as bad as they predicted. We have had a fairly constant snow cover, but in inches, not feet. It warms up and melts, we can see the grass, and then it snows again within a day. What we are missing, most of all, is sunshine! This grey snowy landscape just doesn't inspire me to go out with my camera.

The Wood Man and me, we're staying close to the woodstove. He gets so close to it that I am surprised he doesn't start burning up. I can't even pick up the poker for how hot it is, and he lays right on top of it!

Woody is making very slow progress with his training. I think we need spring to inspire us both to work harder on that...

But those chickens think it IS spring. They are out and about every day, strolling around in the snow, hanging out in Charlie's barn, and laying about 8 eggs a day compared to their winter totals of about 10 eggs a month. The first sign of spring is when my araucana (the blonde to the right of Roo in the closeup) lays her first blue egg since November!