Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's a Good Thing!

That I like snow!

INUK is getting a bit tired of shovelling this white stuff.

We were supposed to get about 4" on Saturday night. We got somthing more like 10" - then another 3-4" last night and this morning.

Like I said - it's a good thing that I like snow. It's the dreadful cold temperatures that I don't like.

Johnny doesn't like them either - he wouldn't even lift his head for the picture - no way - if I hide under here - it might all go away.

The birds are happy though. I filled all the feeders for them last night. The dolly cart tipped up is actually protecting a ground feeder that keeps filling up with snow. So far this winter, we
have blue jays, cardinals, piliated and downy woodpeckers, juncos , sparrows, turtle doves and
goldfinches to name a few, along with deer, possums, raccoons and squirrels all frequenting the feeders.

On another note - we have been working on my studio/garage this past few weeks. It's starting to come together nicely. My husband and I worked through this terrible cold snap to get the
old garage door taken down - and the doors and windows on the front put up.

It's starting to come together nicely. The door and windows are recycled from a friend's house when he did renovations. I also have some more windows and another door from him - they will go into the back wall so that I can look out at the pond while I'm working. The glass in the door and windows is all bevelled - it's from a 1920's Arts and crafts house - gorgeous stuff.

It's much warmer in there now (notice the kitty door in the corner for the stray cats). I scored a wood pellet stove online last week - along with 30 bags of wood pellets - so we have been working to get the area finished that the stove will go into (the stray cats will love that).

When it's done in the spring - there will be an area for my pottery studio - as well as an area for washing and cleaning fleeces.

I'm going to be out of town for the next few weekends at pottery workshops - but will get back to it as soon as I get the chance.

Oh - and stay tuned for my new pottery blog. After many requests - I hope to have it up and running sometime in the next few weeks. Until then......... think warm!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Moving On

I find that when I am sad, the best medicine is to keep busy to help keep my mind off of my sadness. So this past week, I have been very busy.

We buried Alice last week in the rain. As the day wore on, the rain steadily grew to a downpour accompanied by high winds.
By the next day - all of our snow was gone. There was flooding everywhere.

In the early afternoon - as the winds howled outside, there was a knock at the door. When I opened it, a young couple greeted me with an unusual request. They were to be married in a few days, and the site for their wedding pictures was flooded. They requested permission to have pictures taken in our woods, and in the field alongside our property because it was so beautiful.
Ah - young love - how could we resist?
And so, On Saturday afternoon, they came out and had their pictures taken.
I was trying to stay out of the way, and took these pictures from the kitchen - the first is of the bride - with her photographer, and the second - is of her groom approaching. They lucked out - the sun was shining and there was very little wind - unlike the previous day when the wind was really driving and cold.

I've asked them if they would send me a picture of the two of them taken in the woods.
I think they had fun - the wedding party spent most of their time in their cars in my driveway - trying to keep warm. I also made a large pot of hot apple cider for them to warm up after pictures were done - and had a plate of cookies as well. They were all so very cordial and thankful - and who says young people have no manners?

We have a few new additions around here too.

I had a friend come by this weekend for a visit - and she brought me a little gift. Actually - it was an exchange.

This is Gustav (the grey fella on the left).
He is a splash silkie rooster.
Isn't he just the cutest little guy?
I am smitten with him.

My friend Erin, brought Gustav to me - and I gave her a lovely buff brahma rooster in exchange.

She also picked up some golden phoenix chickens for me (2 hens and a rooster) and brought them down with her. The rooster will get a very magnificent tail when he matures. The hens are kind of dowdy looking.

This last few months, I have spent working on my flock of chickens - trading, selling and buying
little feathered friends. I have had chickens for about 18 years. I find that they are as a rule -
hilarious pets. Most of the time - they plainly - make me laugh. This next few months should see some great new additions to my chicken flock. Part of the fun is in finding the breeds and colours that you are looking for. I'll keep you posted.

And finally -my beautiful little girl has left me again to go back to University in Newfoundland.

Here she is at the airport - we are separated by glass as she is in the passenger lounge and I'm outside the window crying.
Tara has been home since the 19th enjoying some well deserved time with her family and friends. We are so proud of her - and we are going to miss her so much. Depending on some upcoming news - she may not make it home again until next Christmas.