With daytime high’s in the upper 30’s and 40’s, brisk winds, and bright sunshine, it’s hard to deny spring is here. Yesterday the upper greenhouse was 51º! Our 20 inches of fluffy white powder has melted into a semi-crusty “snowball-quality” snow. I marvel that our language only has a few different words to describe snow, when it can take on so many different consistencies.
In anticipation of the warming weather, and the potential for more snow on the horizon, it was high time to work on removing snow from roof tops. While this is a constant job during the snowy season. For the last 10 days or so, we’ve been accumulating 4 to 6 inches of snow almost every day- so all that hard work removing snow disappears overnight!
The barnyard has been quiet, aside from a rash of dove murdering at the beak and talons of a crafty hawk. That’s pigeon gore all over its face. For awhile I couldn’t figure out how it was getting into my aviaries. Thankfully it’s decided it’s tired of being picked up and moved by humans and has resigned to eating chickens in the open barnyard… Hawks gotta eat, too! What can you do?
We are also now 2 weeks or so away from baby goats, which is always exciting! Ruma looks like she’s got triplets or quads in her, but last time this happened to one of my does, she just had two massive kids, so I don’t have my hopes up. We’re mostly looking forward to the fresh milk for fresh cheese again!
Impending goaters aside, the sows are pregnant but we’re still at least 1 month away from more piglets. Dotty’s piglets from October are proving to be true to their papa’s Julianna genetics, weighing in at only 30-40lbs each. Her last litter from our Kune Kune boar weighed in at nearly 100lbs by this age! Juliannas really are a fascinating little pig. The barrows will make excellent spit-roasting sized butcher hogs. And of course I am intensely curious about those tiny little pig skulls… Considering she had 10 boys- 10 boys!– we’ll have plenty of barrows to butcher in the spring. We’ll keep her daughter and play with these tiny-pig genetics a little bit.
Otherwise, as you may have noticed, I’ve closed shop for a bit. Having to hike a mile out to the car 3 times a week through powder up to my knees was getting old. I don’t like dreading shipping days. So until we get a little more spring melt (or until the next stimulus check comes out- because sales always spike when things like that happen) I’ll be enjoying a spot of true hibernation; no where to go, nothing pressing to do, no need to even know what day of the week is! Ahhh.