Winter. I'm shaking my head. After three years in the sweltering Middle East, this winter could not possibly feel any longer to us. We have been cooped up, locked up, lagging and dragging ourselves through the season. The days are short and the nights are long. With sunrise hovering at 7:00am, I can't bring myself to be up before 6:45am and 5:00am is my jam. I start the day literally feeling like I have lost the battle.
We agreed a couple of weeks ago that we have to accept winter as a time of rest and be grateful. We spend lazy days by the fire, birding from the library, and drinking pots of coffee. The snow has been beautiful and has provided me with enough beauty to cause me to pull my camera out more than a few times. Our sweet bird friends have been active this season, and I have been happily snapping their pictures.
Just before the first snow, we saw all of our beautiful birds come out en force. It was bizarre. The dark-eyed Junco's, Cardinals, Robins, and Nuthatch's, foraging everything they could find. They were everywhere. The knew the snow was coming, and they knew they needed to stockpile. We sat and watched them for half a day in utter amazement. The snow came the next day and there were no birds. They hid in their holes, in their little homes, and had everything they needed.
Our mission this winter has been to collect firewood, and collect we have. We have 1/5th of the barn stacked with firewood. Plenty for the rest of this winter and enough to get us started next winter. We have gotten all of it for free, from friends that need trees cut down and my Dad in NC who had a cord that had been seasoned for a year. Willow and I go out every week and gather kindling from the property. We forage a quarter of the property each weekend and after a month we are back to the beginning. There is always plenty for us. We are so serious about living a sustainable homestead lifestyle and foraging for wood has given us a lot of satisfaction this winter.
So we are learning to be still and be grateful for this extended period of rest. We have started planning for the Spring and everything the harkening season will involve for us. There will be a vineyard, and orchard, garden, berry patch, an apiary, a cut flower garden and so much more. I will posting much more frequently and much more regularly as we wrap up some renovations in the house and move outside next month.
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Hi! I'm Amy, the current owner of beautiful Boscobel Farm! Named the "beautiful woods" (Italian) in the early 1700's. Our nearly 60 year old home the newest structure to be built on the foundation of a historic Virginia Plantation.
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