But, it took a long time to arrive.
I timed my final harvest of carrots down to about the last possible second.
This was the first week of December and the ground hadn’t yet frozen. If I had gotten to this job just a day or two earlier, it would not have involved snow.
As you can see, the chickens have been moved into their winter quarters inside the garden fence where I can run an extension cord to plug their coop in for supplemental light and a heated water dish.
The garlic seed is snugly tucked into the ground and poultry net has been strung around the garlic beds in case the chickens get over exuberant.
At this point, the sheep were still getting most of their nutrition from grazing. As you can see here, the lawn was still quite green. Plenty of forage was available in most of the pasture. This is really remarkable. Often, by mid October I am feeding hay because there is no forage left, but this year it just kept right on growing until it got covered with snow in early December.
I take pasture photos at 6 standard locations on the first of each month as a form of research and record keeping. This was the 12/1/16 photo of Paddock 1.
Today, we are experiencing a real winter deep freeze. The benefit of weather so cold that I’m reluctant to step outside is that I do finally get around to the paperwork and computer projects that had been languishing when I was working on outside projects.
I’m very pleased to have finally made a bunch of updates to my little online store. Have a look: https://squareup.com/store/autumn-larch-farm-llc. There you will find soaps, sheepskins, raw fleeces, roving, yarn and more.
If you live nearby, save the postage and contact us to set up a time to stop in and do your shopping in person. If you live farther away, this little online store is a great option for having a look at the products available and getting them delivered right to your door via USPS.
Stay warm and enjoy the vibrant sunshine that usually comes with the bitter cold.