“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

The Reality of Winter

It was a weekend of fickle weather.
Friday morning, we awoke to fresh snow on the ground.

With a winter storm forecasted for the rest of the weekend,
we decided to run our errands Friday morning.
We took our recycling to our local recycling center,
passing this lovely pond on the way...

Then we stopped by our local grocery/hardware store for a few necessities
and saw this (a common sight around here)...

The feed store was last on our list.

The only thing left to do, was to get the guineas into the duck yard for the
coming snow.  Roosting indoors is so much better in a snowstorm!

Not an easy task...but we were not about to give up.


Saturday we took the dogs on a long hike through the woods.

Even with most of the hemlock trees removed,
the woods still felt peaceful.

(I had mentioned in an earlier post that our woods, densely populated with
hemlock trees, had suffered in the past few years due to an infestation
of the Wooly Adelgid - a migrant insect from China that has decimated the
hemlock forests on the east coast by sucking the sap out of the trees and causing their trunks to splinter... sending the massive trees to the ground.
  After much research and the advice from several forestry...

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