With a snowfall of 25cm and temperatures below freezing for the past several weeks, I think it's safe to say that winter has arrived.
And, I have to say, with all of the farm improvement work that we've been doing this season, I am pretty happy that our work is finally slowing down for the cold season.
When my daughter naps, I'm usually outside: in the summer I'm busy moving the sheep paddocks so they have fresh grass every 2-3 days, hauling water, moving the chicken tractor, keeping the pigs happy, and the race with keeping up in the garden.
This fall it's been a lot of building and improving our infrastructure. We now have 4 new sheep pens, we've fixed the lean-to that was falling off the side of the barn, and built a new shed for the sheep. Plus, the daily work of keeping all of the animals happy and healthy. I love it!
But now, ohhhh, the winter. Now the tractor does a good portion of the work, giving my back a bit of a rest. I still have to haul pails of water, but the feeding is easy. And, there's no more moving pens since the sheep and the chickens are happily settled into their winter digs. The garden has been put to bed. Everything is stored away in its proper place. It's time for a bit of a rest. I'm going to put my feet up by the woodstove, with a cup of coffee in the middle of the afternoon, and I'm going to....knit.
Anybody else enjoying the chance to hibernate?