Hello From the Frozen North

Reader Contribution by Carmen Horton

Hello to fellow Grit Lovers! Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I hope you enjoy it, and stop by often. This is as close as we can come to a visit on the old front porch swing.

We have been having such a long, snowy and very cold winter here in Maine. The first part of the winter was not bad, but once February started, so did winter, and with a vengeance. We almost always can look forward to heavy snows, and cold, but we had more then our share this year. The local weatherman recently announced that this was the coldest February since they started keeping records. I believe it. We have seen temperatures most mornings well below zero, and we had one night where wind chills were minus 40 degrees. Not good weather to farm in, but we do it anyway. This is a fifth-generation family farm, and while we sometimes wish our kinfolk had settled in more temperate areas, we love this farm and being in Maine.

Like many folks in snowbound, rural country, we have passed our time the last couple months looking over seed catalogs and country magazines. That is of course when not thawing pails or chiseling manure off the barn floor. Spring will eventually get here, and when it does, we have a lot to do.

We have a bunch of fencing that needs replacing this year, as well as the usual spring jobs. Raking, cleaning, planting and mowing. All the usual -ing jobs that means we are going to be mighty busy.

I don’t do as much of the outside jobs as I used to, but I am plenty busy inside. I do as much canning and jam making as I am able to do, which means I will be busy in the hot, steamy kitchen at the height of summer, as usual.

We are looking forward to baby rabbits, and getting both laying hen and meat bird chicks this summer. We are raising a batch of turkeys again this year, and hope we have much better luck then we did last time we raised them. We had a huge predator problem, and I was battling foxes and coyotes steady for two summers. We ended up losing several layers, and our biggest turkey (of course) to the darn, pesky varmints. Did I just sound like Elmer Fudd? I’m pretty sure I did.

We have a Nigerian Dwarf momma-to-be that is due to have her kids soon, and my daughter Brogan rescued a horse, that as it turns out, is pregnant and will be having a foal too. So, with spring comes new life.

So, for now I will wrap this up, and post a few photos of our snowy tundra. Thanks for stopping by, and if you would like to check out more of the happenings here on the farm, please check out my personal blog. Thanks for reading, and stop by again!

  • Published on Mar 6, 2015
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