December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29 2017

I’m ready for 2017 to end. It’s been a rough, dull, productive, fun, rewarding year. We’ve crossed some long-time to-do list projects off the list and not added more. I’m thinking about resolutions for 2018. I haven’t made them in years. And my word for year, haven’t thought about that until just now. It’s only December 29…I have time. 😉

Yesterday’s high was -1°F but it’s warmed up to a balmy 7°F today. The door to the high tunnel blew open during the night. By the time I spotted it at dawn it was too late to save anything but carrots. I could have cried. Hours later, I’m ready to get out the Fedco catalog and start planning. It’s almost January, and in January I can say “I’m starting seeds next month.” The days are getting longer now. Imbolc (Groundhog Day) is 35 days away. It’s the mid-point of winter. The days will be light long enough and the sun high enough to tease dormant plants and seeds in the high tunnel into growth. Oh they won’t start growing that day, they’ll be stirring and then it won’t be long.

December 29 and I’ve already got my mind in February. It’s too cold to be outside for fun. I bundle up to take apples to the fawn, hot water and treats to the ducks and chickens, and shovel if it’s snowed. I’m doing a bit of decluttering and cleaning out so that when it warms up next week I can strap on the snowshoes and head to the woods, something I’m looking forward to very much.

(NOTE: My Feedly account was deactivated. I’m guessing I didn’t use it enough. Now that I’m ready to sit down and catch up on what everyone’s doing – I’m empty handed. Please leave a link to your blog so I can add it to the new account.)

snowshoe hare tracks, farm pond, manmade pond tug o war, dogs playing tug of war, english shepherd, nova scotia duck toller, buck track in snow crabapple

Doe Fawn

It’s now January 31. I pulled a card on the off chance that the batteries warmed up in the sun, and they did. Doe fawn was here to eat from the ice covered cedar in the food plot. I know some of you are smiling as much as I do when I see her. 🙂
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2017 is going out on an iceberg. Photos from the wintery homestead in Maine on December 29, 2017. Homesteading takes on a new tone in our cold climate.

6 thoughts on “December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

  1. Happy new year. Great photos. So sorry to hear about the tunnel door but so glad the fawn is well. I hadn’t really thought about my word of the year either. Last year it was “focus” and seemed appropriate and even helpful/inspiring at time. Will have to give it some thought for ’18.

  2. I’m afraid I have the same feelings about 2017. I’m sure 2018 will be better. At work we moved our chicken coop into our high tunnel and they are happy birds. I love your photos. Thank you for your blog. I really enjoy it. Here is wishing you a happy and healthy 2018.

  3. Good morning Robin. I enjoy reading your blog and the photos. Sorry to hear about the high tunnel door. The fawn is looking healthy and seems to be wintering well.
    I too am starting to plan this years garden. My favorite time of year is on its way. When the snow turns to liquid and grass turns green I’m happy.
    Happy 2018

    1. I did a little more planning today, this time in the new perennial flower garden. It’s easy to sit here when it’s -2° and think about paths and pretty flowers. If I get half as much done in June as I do in my mind in January I’ll be way ahead of my norm!

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