February has brought sub-zero temperatures along with daytime temperatures as high as 60°F. Everyone hunkered down and braved the cold. Once that passed, the snow and ice began to melt to reveal green grass and muddy paths along the farm. The geese and ducks have been enjoying daily adventures to the stream again. They then waddle their way back up to the homestead, filthy after all the fun. During the hard freeze, they were determined to get some bath time in. They chose the exceptionally small bucket full of drinking water, and proceeded to create a giant mess in the newly cleaned barn. It is rather cute to watch them create a mini monsoon while trying to fit their large bodies in a tiny red bucket.
Phoebe is in her mother goose phase, so she has started laying eggs again. She stays close to the farm creating nests in the manure piles as well as the hay trailer. The goats don’t enjoy the cold, so they stay curled up forming a yin yang shape in the pen. The horses have been shedding like mad and require constant brushing. Even then, a few minutes later it looks like they haven’t been touched in weeks. We need to hang a sign that says beware of horsehair! It is a surefire way to know that spring is right around the corner, so I couldn’t be happier! Come follow along with the daily adventures here on our New England farm.