Winter Around the Homestead

Snow, snow and more snow! This is what it’s looking like around here:

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I believe Manson’s expression sums up!

DSCN9190On the bright side the huge snow banks provide plenty of fun for the little guys. All that climbing, digging, sliding down. And taking a hike is quite the undertaking. Only Struggling_along, Noah and Megan have made it up into the woods – and that required snowshoes. They reported back that there’s easily 3 feet deep of snow back there.

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This isn’t Ishi’s first winter but this year he’s old enough to explore what this winter season and snow is all about.

DSCN9171He’s been quite the helper; joining me everyday (well except for those -10 below days) to go and feed and water the animals. I believe the chickens are his favorite. Likely because they’re not very bright birds and we have no roosters right now so they’ll squat there and they’re easy to pick up (or if you’re a pig – eat. And that’s why we have 6 chickens left).

DSCN8626The chickens are back to laying well though – 5 or 6 eggs a day.

DSCN9084The pigs (Mercedes and Lexus) have taken up camper remodeling and have thus far striped a large part of their section; after all that hard work they enjoy a fresh chicken. Chevy hangs out in his dog shed full of hay but readily comes out for a scratch and some scraps.

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DSCN8731I make many trips like this. Ah the days of hoses, grass and not spending a half hour putting on layers will soon be here (relatively speaking).

DSCN9071I’m thinking more and more that Manson did his job and Ellie will be kidding this spring! Milk again! Rita isn’t pregnant as Lenin has continued to nurse. He’s getting quite big and has beautiful colors as Rita is 3/4 Oberhasli and has color variations too.

I have to feed Manson separately or he’ll just ram everyone else away and eat it all himself.

DSCN9059Since the goats can be a little pushy before they get their grain I have Ishmael wait a second before we water and hay the goats. He just loves this part because he gets to sit and pretend to steer.

DSCN9199Winter around the homestead also means a lot of snow removal. Thank goodness for Struggling_along! He works the snow plow and shovels bits by hand.

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11 thoughts on “Winter Around the Homestead

  1. It looks so beautiful at your place! I love how you see the fun in your homestead, despite the hard work, a wonderful experience for your kids! Thank you for sharing, beautiful photo’s too!

  2. Wow, that’s a LOT of snow but I’ll bet the kids really do enjoy it! I think I’d have more of Manson’s attitude about the whole thing! LOL!!
    Love the frosty designs on the window! 🙂

    • Ah yes and we got another 6 inches last night. It’s the altitude. I don’t mind it so much as long has I don’t have to drive anywhere in it- sometimes 15-20 minutes down the road there’s no snow but it’s snowing hard here. But upon considering how winter must of been for the first settlers here (my goodness the WIND!) I have it pretty easy.

  3. Lovely pics and so great to hear your thoughts on relishing your rural life. And blimey, what a lot of snow you still have! I thought it was cold up our little Cotswolds hill, but now I feel completely soft!

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