We had a relaxing, restorative holiday season here at the farm. Lots of movie watching, nice stews, soups, a roast duck from our friends Laura and Rob at Sweet Morning Farm, and lots of glittery lights and tinsel decorations. The decorations are not coming down anytime soon because frankly, they make getting through winter much easier! Walking in from the cold to see twinkling decorations makes me smile.
This week, it is unbearably cold. It is an extra job to keep the furnace stoked with wood and even then, the old farmhouse is still chilly and we are piling on the wool sweaters and blankets. Thank goodness for wool.
|The Farmer with his buddy Tommie getting rested up for lambing season|
The last batch of kittens have all moved on to their new homes. It is quiet without them, I must say. No scurrying around underfoot, no pom poms being torn to shreds. Cats are fine and we love ours - but that kitten energy is so much fun.
And then, they sleep and sleep hard.
It's about to get rather gray, white, and muck brown around this blog. Every year, when I look back on the past year's posts and my photos, I realize how "neutral" all the January through March photos are. That is because outside in western Massachusetts, it is stark, cold, gray, tan, and white. Added on to all these neutrals is the upcoming onslaught of lamb and sheep photos - off white, shades of brown, hay, and muck. For all you neutral lovers, this is your season on the "Getting Stitched on the Farm" blog!
The sheep have started lambing. This week is proving very difficult with an ice storm and now everything is frozen. Walking around is a challenge - even with those metal track things that wrap around boots. We can't put down enough sand and salt. The Farmer took a spill the other day and he is hurting but cannot stop working because the animals are depending on him. (I seriously worry and wonder about how many more years he can keep up his pace.) There are a lot of mouths to feed and mothers to look after with babies coming daily. I help and we have an intern learning about lambing a few mornings a week. Our friend Terri, a delivery room nurse, is going to help some too. I realize now why farm families had a lot of children - it would be very helpful to have some extra hands. Here are some previews of photos to come.
Stay warm everyone!