Typically January is a time when you hunker down, plan for spring and make the best of what mother nature throws at you in the way of weather. This year has been no different, accept that things have been a bit more challenging than usual due to the extended periods of extremely low temperatures. Heating a sizable farmhouse from one central wood burner in the basement takes a lot of doing and Dave continues to cut and split a lot of wood. Thanks again to our neighbors Pat & Jim Sanders for the firewood logs! Also, as you can see above, our new tractor grader blade works particularly well as a snow removal implement! Dave has somehow also been doing the plowing without having to invest in chains for the tractor. So far so good.
As for farm-related activities, Farm Manager, Dave Campeau has been focused on making some much needed cosmetic touch-ups to the interior of our 1925 farmhouse. Fresh paint in several areas, a re-organized basement, and a new granite counter top behind the kitchen sink just to name a few.
We have also recently purchased a special weather alert radio with battery backup that will alert us to local weather emergencies if and when they occur. The radio can be programmed for a variety of settings - we chose just the flood warning setting for Wayne County.
The very good news we received recently from our friend John down at the Farm Service Agency near
Dave is currently re-building the flood-damaged solar powered pump. It appears the damage occurred when silt entered the bearing housing while the pump house was under water.
One other thing we will also be doing is using our rooftop gardens as cold frames for starting onions
and cole crops like broccoli and cabbage in late winter and early spring. We are also working on finishing our counter tops in the barn kitchen area and also ordering a stainless evaporation pan for our small, gravity fed maple syruping set-up.
Until next time, enjoy all our winter photos, stay warm and take heart in the fact that each day is getting longer and before you know it the snow will be melting... In the meantime, become a seven year old again for a few hours and get outside and enjoy it!
Your Friends at Old School Farm
|Grating Kolrobi for an au gratin|
|Idylic small boys sledding hill behind our farmhouse|
|A gold laced wyandotte hen|
|Twin brothers in front of "twin" Catalpa tree|
|The Dyerry river icing over on top (and bottom)|
|Readying the ice auger to drill holes for ice fishing|
|Auguring holes in Thompson's pond|
|2 on 1 snowball fight|
|Daddy and his boys|
|The winter hay bail delivery method|
|The fat content in grain keeps a body warm in the coldest temps|
|Mom and her boys hit the sledding hill|
|Our tom has been in full color and strutting for his harem|
|Where's that helmet Dave?|
|2nd cutting hay - great stuff|
|hmm... if I could just play offense and defense at the same time...maybe next year|
|close to zero and still outside for most of the day|
|spring fed and not freezing|
|Owen's snow cave|
|A large flock of wild turkey hens on the way to Elk Mountain|
|sweet winter sky|
|a boy on a frozen pond|
|a zest for life - even in skates on rough ice !|
|First solo chairlift ride|
|skiing with the cousins at Elk Mountain|
|Coleman Benner and his cousin Sophia Seligsohn|