17 February 2013

Thoughts of Spring

After a hesitant start, the winter seems to have got into its stride now. The barnyard is a mass of ice and is becoming challenging to navigate.

I've enjoyed the sunshine we've had this week but am looking forward to some warmer weather so that I don't have to keep carrying jugs of hot water out to the chickens to defrost their water supply.

Inside, my onions and leeks are emerging well. I'm never going to get tired of seeing those first few green signs of the growing season to come.

I've just finished reading Folks, This Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin. It's an interesting read for sustainability nerds like me, although I can't say that I agree with everything he has to say (and I did feel as though I was being shouted at quite often). On Wednesday lunchtime I read the chapter on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (which was quite enough to ruin my appetite). On my way home I passed these cattle and I had to stop and take a photograph. After reading about conditions in the feedlots, it was so good to see these animals enjoying their hay.



Quinn said...

Same here! I was thinking just today that it is now, finally, winter here. I am walking through the snow next to the icy paths when I carry buckets of warm water out to the hens and goats.
More snow on the way, apparently. February...can be challenging.

Lea said...

I really like living out in the country instead of in a city. I'm always interested to see the farms, the animals, crops etc.
Have a wonderful day!
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