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Saturday, February 26, 2011
Another snowy day. Everybody is SO ready for the snow to be over, but at least this morning's snowfall was those big, fluffy, flakes you can't resist trying to catch on your tongue.
I refilled all the birdfeeders. The birdfeeders get so much business when ever it snows.
Based on my photos, you probably think the cows seem to do nothing but eat, and you'd be right. I know they have to eat extra to keep warm in cold weather, but at the same time, I have been warned to not let them get too fat before they have their calves. Lariat is due at the end of March, and her belly is getting pretty rotund. With her shaggy winter coat and sturdy shape, she makes me think of a miniature bison.
LaFonda's calf is due at the end of April, but in this shot you can see how big her belly is getting. In two more months she will be huge! Right after I took this picture she went frisking and kicking up her heels a little out into the snow - I bet she won't be doing that in another month.
The cows hang out pretty close to the loafing shed when it snows. They don't seem to like blazing new paths through the deep snow, so they rarely stray from their few well-trodden cow paths between the feeder, the water tank, the gate and the shed.
Meanwhile inside the house, Rog sketched out a couple more garden plan ideas.
Orange and Weasel collaborated on giving Oranges's foot a bath.
More beautiful frost designs today on the one window where the insulating plastic was not stretched taut enough and got stuck to the glass.
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.