Happy February! Some notes from the farm…

February has arrived and has been rather quiet here on the farm. The chickens are loving all this warm winter weather – the high this past weekend country heartwas 48 at our house! They have made a mud path down to the stream and back and have scratched up the dirt all around the fence. A few of the girls have decided it really is spring and have flown the fence to explore the gardens and pasture past the barn and house. Last year at this time we had to be so careful with them because of all the hawks around but it seems with this weather there is food enough to go around for everyone. The sun was out and – kind of scary – my daffodils are up almost half an inch! I hope they don’t come up much further as I hear a good 1-3 inches are headed our way soon. Until then, we have been able to get some tasks accomplished.

A project in the barn when your fingers don’t freeze off is always welcome! We had wanted to take a few trees down on the property but because the ground frost is not as deep as normal, there is mud everywhere and we didn’t feel like getting the tractor stuck. I finally took down the Christmas wreath and holiday signs. I have kept the snowmen up and added red hearts around the house though as it still is winter, no matter what the outside feels like! With weather so warm you would think we would stick around and enjoy it, but our yearly trip to Maine is approaching! We love snowshoeing and cross-country skiing up in the Maine woods and can’t wait to strike further North for some winter fun – especially seeing as we hadn’t had much of it down here, though not that I’m really complaining!

As we are headed out soon, it will be some freezer meals and leftovers as I hate to cook when you are on your way out the door. I found some frozen stir-fry vegetables from our garden in the back of the freezer so that and some of the leftover chicken will be good for tonight. Hope there is some snow in Maine!

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