This is the time of year when not too much excitement is happening for me to photograph and blog for you.
But it is a good time to give loose rein to my fancy and plan some fun for spring time.
I hope to drive down to North Carolina to pick up a couple bee hives in January.
The shipping is about the same as the hive, so I figured we'll enjoy a scenic mountain drive and pay less.
Other then bees, I'd like to create (I, in this context meaning Dan) raised beds for berry production.
Our berries have always failed so far, but in my optimistic delusion I think that lots of organic matter and soaker hoses in the beds will make all things possible for blueberries this time around.
This was taken about a year ago, but things haven't changed. Lottie still comes to the door to get a nut most mornings. Nuts are in the bag she finds on the counter. Now she usually goes to the pantry and gets her nuts from a bag on a shelf.
She also hangs out at the barn, closer to her nest, and picks pieces of corn out of the sweet feed.
This is Lottie last winter, accepting sewing scraps from us to build her drey.
You could see her drey from a mile away with all its bright calico colors sticking out of the chinks.
She's built a new home since then.
Laura was photographing the sheep this morning for a Craigslist ad, so she had the camera with her when she went to the coop to check her hens.
Inside a nesting box, eating a piece of goat feed, was Lottie.
At least someone is using the nesting box!
After years of Becky dominating the role of chef here at Providence Farm, Laura has stepped up to the plate, or stove, and started to excel in the culinary arts.
This is her homemade Alfredo sauce with pasta. It was absolutely delicious!
She's made quite a few dishes on her own, and she's been perfecting a pumpkin roll and her original recipe of a Christmas Jell-O dessert.