The past 2 days have brought with them:
Great foods, a book I won in the mail and my favorite farm catalog.
Its time to order ear tags for the new calves that will start being born next month. The toughest decision this morning was--what color?
The sunlight has been different, longer and at a different angle. It feels good to me as well as the birds who hopscotch across the tops of silos at old family farms.
Of course the new sunlight light feels good for the eagles and hawks who inhabit this rural area...and dine on silo-hopping pigeons...
The snow has melted so much in the past 2 days that I can actually SEE windows in the barns. The heavy snowfalls buried all the windows on the area barns since December.
40 new cows are moving into this barn with their new owners as soon as the snow melts and the road is accessable for the livestock hauler and their movers. They will love all the windows! A new farmer is coming to town and she is bringing her entire herd~! I can hardly wait to meet the whole crew!
Stone foundations from 1735 have been revealed as the snow melts and small patches of grass are exposed. I can smell the soil.
There is just enough wood to make it thru April. 5 cords gone already.
Our tiny village town meeting was this week.
Held in a garage shared with "Petunia" the antique fire engine.
16 Villagers came to vote and discuss important items.
Democracy is alive and well in Vermont.
The cows are no longer standing on 7 foot snowbanks.
We can look each other in the eye now.
The fences popped out of the snow this morning, nice and tight.
Its amazing what that zip fencing does.
As the snow recedes it also reveals the ugliness of the winter.
The remains of a burned barn. The remains of a collapsed barn.
Two very scary things I had to do this week:
Park my truck under a thousand pooping pigeons
and walk into this building alone
Good thing I saw these happy birds on my way home.
They give me hope.
Its Maple Weekend and all the maple sugaring shacks are open all over Vermont and New Hampshire. Go visit your local sugar makers!