Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day!


I found this photo on the web.  Isn't that the most adorable calf!?!

Happy Valentines Day!





Sunday, February 11, 2018

Spring Is Coming!




Yesterday, we started tapping maple trees because the weather forecast for the next ten days shows perfect maple weather.   


DAY
DESCRIPTIONHIGH / LOWPRECIPWINDHUMIDITY
TODAY
FEB 11
PM Light Rain
47°22°
80%
S 9 mph 88%
MON
FEB 12
Mostly Sunny
32°10°
10%
NW 9 mph 61%
TUE
FEB 13
Partly Cloudy
36°28°
10%
SE 7 mph 56%
WED
FEB 14
Cloudy
46°40°
20%
SW 11 mph 79%
THU
FEB 15
AM Showers
51°31°
30%
WSW 13 mph 88%
FRI
FEB 16
AM Snow Showers
34°15°
50%
WNW 15 mph 74%
SAT
FEB 17
Partly Cloudy
33°23°
10%
WSW 12 mph 41%
SUN
FEB 18
Mostly Sunny
45°35°
10%
SSW 12 mph 47%
MON
FEB 19
Showers
43°32°
60%
SW 9 mph 70%
TUE
FEB 20
Rain/Snow Showers
39°28°
40%
W 7 mph 69%
WED
FEB 21
Rain/Snow
38°29°
40%
W 8 mph 64%
THU
FEB 22
Rain/Snow Showers
41°30°
30%
WSW 7 mph 77%
FRI
FEB 23
Partly Cloudy
41°27°
20%
W 7 mph 74%
SAT
FEB 24
AM Rain/Snow Showers
40°27°
40%
WSW 7 mph 64%
SUN
FEB 25
AM Rain/Snow Showers
38°24°
40%
W 8 mph 64%

Temperatures will be mostly above freezing during the day and below freezing at night.  These are the perfect conditions for the sap to run!

Why does this make me so happy?  Because I know spring is coming!  Once the first few trees have been tapped it becomes an inexorable march towards weather that is too warm for collecting maple sap!

The very first tap of the 2018 maple season!


Some trees even produced a little bit of sap.



Lady Bird's first maple season - a great opportunity for her to wear off lots of energy!  (I told you she was  pampered!)


Behind the maple season comes crocuses and then there will be daffodils and green leaves and gardens and baby animals.

Spring is coming!







Thursday, February 8, 2018

Snowshoes On A Winter Day


Yesterday, like most of the northeast, we got dumped on by snow.  





We're in the holding pattern now waiting for spring to come, so there's not a whole lot going on at the farm.  I'm planning my garden - a smaller one this year because I'll be growing for just my husband and me.  Both of our children will be off on their own life adventures!   

 Right after Thanksgiving of last year, my dear daughter left for the Air Force and my dear son plans to join as soon as he graduates high school in June.  They're both following family tradition as my husband and I were both in the Air Force.  You can bet we are some proud parents!


  

The snow piled up and I finally had a chance to try out my new snowshoes!  I bought them last year right as the snow started melting...   
...so I was excited to give them a try!  What a joy to get out in the peace and quiet of a new snow!  I've been entirely too housebound lately as I can handle some snow, but the bitter below zero temperatures leave me huddled in front of our wood stove.  




An interesting thing I found about snowshoes - balance is very important!  As I lifted my foot to take the first photo, I staggered a bit and in trying to catch my balance I realized that in snowshoes, you can't just quickly move your feet, and toppled over.  No injuries, just mild embarrassment as I looked around to make sure no one saw me thrashing around in the snow as I got up.

The dogs welcomed a run outside.  Our old lab, Daisy, particularly loved it as she finds the heated house a touch too warm for her and literally wallows in the snow.




This will probably be the last time I take the old miniature schnauzer, Petey, on a walk away from the house.  He's the oldest of our dogs and seems to have become very confused lately.  We'll take a walk and he'll wander off on his own.  He's deaf and can't hear me calling him (either that or he's ignoring me).  Fortunately, we have neighbors who know him and bring him back home.  For safeties sake though, he'll be a homebody from now on.  




Our new vizsla puppy, Lady Bird, welcomes the chance to get outside and burn off some her inexhaustible amounts of energy.  Ladybird is our new hunting dog... a very spoiled hunting dog who sleeps with us and is quite pampered.      




We're starting to keep a close watch on the temperatures because maple season is just around the corner.  It's hard to believe, but very soon there will be maple sap flowing from these trees and into these lines!





The snow laid heavy on the hemlock trees and I wonder what make these rubs on the trees.  Is it a buck rubbing his antlers?  Or something else?    

  




The farm clock ticks slowly now, but I can feel it pausing to take a deep breath before it begins to speed up!