We have had some beautiful weather over the last week. Some days pushing the 60 degree mark.A huge difference compared to the couple weeks of frigid we had prior.During the nice we have managed to pretty much finish the renovations on the chickens run and boy does it look nice.
We had a broken water line resulting in no water for the last 10 days or so. Manthing repaired that today,an easy fix overall. Was not that inconvenient to have to go to the pond and dip out water or fill pails from the gutter downspout for our needs, we use so little water that with a bit of tweaking we just used a bit less. . We don't have hot water anyway, so that was no loss. I do know the more we cut back our water use or tighten our belts on something the more I realize just how wasteful people really are overall including myself at one time.
I have been puttering about in the gh doing some rearranging and cleaning .Today I took some of my indoor garden plants and planted them in the beds down there.I have made another raised bed in there and tomorrow we will be taking the wood stove out and the fir proof panel behind it to let in more sunlight and to make way for a shelf I removed, a hot compost pit or another raised bed. I dont know which i will go with yet, guess I will decide in the moment. Now the gh has cabbage ,carrots, collards, mustard, peas, taters, onions, spinach and chinese cabbage.As soon as the soil in the newest bed warms a bit more I will plant it out as well.
We tapped a couple maple trees again this year. So far we have about 3 gallons of sap, which would make very little syrup. Last year our first attempt (i have done it before but in ny) we got a whoppin 1/2 cup of syrup when we were done. We are hoping for a bit better yield this year by tapping a bit earlier than last, but who knows. Our late winter months can fluctuate temperature wise by huge amounts so makes "syrupin" a bit difficult at best.
We did have a couple rainy days this weekend so I got a bit bored and threw together a montage of photos from here on the homestead through a year.