The snow has just about all melted — now we’re having floods. But here are a few of the best pictures from the December snow storms.
We are very grateful to have Adventure Truck on our side. He got us off the farm and safely back every single day of the storm except Christmas. Somedays we only went as far as the Startbucks and the post office (nothing in the boxagain!) but it helped.
adventure truck powers along
Some of our animals love the snow, other not so much. Ivan will sleep on the back porch while it snows on him. We have to remember to keep the laundry room door shut or he’s likely to come into the house and head for his couch looking like this:
ivan on the back porch
On the other hand Tucker — the barn cat- really hated the snow. It quickly got to be too deep for him to walk through and he was stuck in the barn for several days. Here Jim is talking to him a couple of days into his confinement.
jim talking to the snow bound cat
There were a lot of little birds hanging about the place. We couldn’t keep the feeders clear of snow and eventually started laying seed and water plans on the covered porchs. Here a junco sits fluffed up against the cold in the maple tree outside my office. (The picture is cropped from a much larger image showing the entire flock.)
junco in the maple
One last photo just because… it makes me laugh.
ivan after helping with chores
Note the little birdy tracks in the snow!
The final version of my photo essay on our chickens is up.
- Click on this running chicken for more pictures!
Today was shearing day. There were only 6 animals so it went quickly.
Here’s what the crew looked like before:
the crew all fat and wooly after a snowy winter
Here Jason is shearing the first victim, er Mutton:
Jason shearing Mutton
And here’s what they look like now:
the crew after shearing
Each summer we have several nests of barn swallows.
Late last week I watched the first of the barn swallows fly across the pasture. This morning I had the first evidence that housekeeping has started.
One of the oldest/biggest nests is perched on top of the flood light over the feed room in the barn.
flood light over the feed room
As you can see it’s a tight fit.
here’s the nest perched on top of the light fizture
This morning I found this little mess on the floor directly underneath the nest. It’s made up of hay loosely joined with mud and a plush lining of chicken feathers.
barn swallow nest
chicken feathers used to line the nest
Usually they just build a new layer on top of last years nest. I suspect this last top layer had to be evicted because there is no more room to build up.
We should see the females arrive soon.
Just for amusement value. This is what life looks like around here in the spring.
who me? no, I never overeat.
Click on the photo to embiggen. Really, it’s worth it. I’ll wait…
And here he is looking a little less goony.
still got hay everywhere
The frizzled banty hen has managed to hide out and hatch a handful of chicks.
Jim caught this one out for a snack.
one black chicken, one black chick
Hopefully they will stay in the barn long enough to grow to be too big for the crows to terrorize.
Mz. Frizzle and her brood of 10 are out and about every day now.
Mz. Frizzle and the 10 little Frizzles
It’s time for a dog tidy!
ivan — before
ivan in process
dee-dee and c-c, clean and outside to dry off
I’ve been working on updates and upgrades and all around tidying to the web sties.
It is unsettling to know that of all the information provided on all my sites and blogs. The thing people most want to know about and to look at are:
the chicken pictures…
A new toy.
The newest toy and our next project.
But before we can do anything about that…
We have to fix this.
Yeah, that’s pretty much half of the dash pulled out. Tomorrow night the other half comes out. All because I don’t like cold feet.
There are bits of this truck that are waaaay too far behind other bits.
(Update to the update — Jim got it all done and buttoned back up on Sunday. Good thing too, because there’s snow forecast for tonight.)
A lazy cat.
Peach in his prefered winter spot.
Work — or not.
You can find it here.
I’m not actually signed up. Because I’m chicken shit and all that. Mostly because I don’t write novels. At least not with any success. I write short stories. And I plan to write 4 this month. It’s my own little version of NaNoWriMo.