Monday, January 24, 2011

Wow, I have some catching up to do!

My on-line presence seems to be getting away from me!  Between my work and home lives, I (try to) maintain two FB accounts, two Twitter accounts, three websites, and three blogs.  Sometimes things fall through the cracks and obviously this time it was this blog.  So, I'll do a little updating on what's been going on around Our Tiny Farm for the past few months.

We built the steer a manger.  A really big manger!  And it works great.  It's positioned close enough to the fence line that we can just toss the hay over the fence into the manger.  Helps us move through the evening chores with ease (especially welcome on those really cold winter nights).

The horse and donkey are also faring well this winter.  By closing the doors on one side of the barn, they have a cozy place to sleep when the wind is howling.

I attended the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Winston-Salem in early December. We got the first snowfall of the season while we were there.  The snow was really pretty; I took this picture from my hotel room.  And the conference was great, too. 

We've had lots of snow at the farm, too.  It is so beautiful.  Just wish it didn't make getting around so difficult!

We currently live with four cats and a dog in the house.  There is no way to keep up with all the fur these animals shed, but they sure are entertaining.  I just thought this was the cutest shot of three of the felines!

Christmas morning the ground was clear when we went out to do the morning chores.  This is what the front pasture looked like by about 1:00 in the afternoon.  It was truly a "white Christmas"!

Winter evenings are good for cooking yummy meals and creating all kinds of useful crafts.  Right now I'm into knitting and crocheting with soft, hand-dyed yarns.  I crocheted this shawl for my sister-in-law, Bette.  It has lots of mohair in it and is wonderfully warm and cuddly. 

Earlier this month I particpated in the Southeastern Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah where I took this beautiful winter shot by the river.

One of my employees gave me an amaryllis for Christmas.  It bloomed the other day!

So now I'm caught up.  I'll try to do better in the future.

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