It was cold. For us anyhow. I have family in Michigan, close enough to Lake Michigan to get some wicked lake effect weather. I try not to complain too much, since they tend to treat my grumblings like childish whining. Regardless, our critters are used to 40’s, not teens. So when we run daytime highs around 28, I whine on their behalf. Chores are all about water and extra food, dry bedding and checking for drafts. The nice thing about cold weather at the farm, it means sun, and no mud!!! Here are some shots from the farm instagram feeds. Both Farmer Joscelyn and Farmer Adam have started using Instagram, not because we’re all hipster, but because it so easy to share what’s happening, real time. So here are some shots, of the frozen ground and fuzzy critters…
On these frosty, freezing cold mornings, the goats wait in the doorway of the barn until the first patch of sun hits the corner of their yard; then they run over there high stepping like Irish dancers because the grass feels funny. They stand soaking in the sun with eyes closed and looks of bliss on their fluffy faces. They will stay with the sun as it moves through the paddock-like faithful sun worshippers.
Mr. Fluffy (the rooster) basks in the sun against the rabbit hutch. This silly boy likes to roost in the tree at night with his favorite girls, so on freezing nights we pluck them out of the tree and put them in the nice, warm coop. Do they learn to just go in the coop themselves? Oh no, just like us people they are too stubborn to admit they're wrong, so we repeat the process each night.
It’s actually raining now, with the temps up. And we are hi fiving, as some of our winter greens test garden came through with little to no damage!!! These were all harvested after the run of mid teen overnight temps.
This bodes well for next winter. We might just have a few shares of winter greens to offer up. Stay tuned.