Hay Season

As soon as June comes Dan starts watching the weather forecast daily hoping for three days of sunshine in a row. As soon the weather report predicts that the sun will be shining for at least three days, we hay!  This year we were grateful for almost a week of sun!

Lots of people ask me what it is like to hay, so here is a brief overview of what happens on each of the three days.  If it rains on any of these days, the hay is ruined.  So we are always thankful when haying is done and it’s in the barn!

  1. On the first day, after the dew dries, Dan cuts all the fields.  The hay sits in the field for the rest of the day drying out.  It’s important the hay dries and isn’t green when it is baled on the third day.  Green hay can get moldy, or worse, can make the hay spontaneously combust.
  2. On the second day, after the dew dries, Dan fluffs the hay with the tedder, a large rake that attaches to the tractor.  The tedder turns the hay over to help continue to dry out the hay.
  3. On the third day, we bale the hay.  This is usually the most intense day and we are thankful for the long hours of daylight at the end of June.  In the morning, after the dew dries, Dan rakes the hay into windrows (long rows of hay) so that the baler (the machine that puts the hay into square bales) can collect the hay and tie it up with baling twine.  After the windrows are raked, we start to bale.  It works best if one person drives the tractor, one person stacks the hay, and one person throws the bale of hay from the baler to the trailer.

 

I wish I had pictures of the process, but it ended up being a such whirlwind of days that I forgot to take photos! Below are some photos that Dan’s sister Abby took of the process.  We were so grateful that she was home from Chicago and was able to help us out!

imageA chain on the baler broke.  Dan and his friends are working on fixing it.

imageIt’s a lot of work to hay, but views like this make it easier.  On this day, we weren’t able to finish baling all the hay because the baler had broken earlier in the day.  We were so thankful that it wasn’t going to rain the next day!

imageOnce we finish baling the hay is stacked into the hay barn and ready for winter!

There are many other ways that people hay but this is our process.  It keeps us busy in June, and then we start it up again the end of August and into September.  We got a couple hundred bales so far, so we shouldn’t need more hay to help get us through the winter.

Now that hay season is over we are in full swing with many other projects on the farm.  And when I say “we” I really mean Dan.  I’m on vacation right now in Swanzey, NH with my family!

I hope you are all having a good summer!

Farewell from the farm {the lake}!

xoxo, Britta

 

 

Daffodils

Spring is here and we have been busy. It is fun to watch the cows and sheep transition from hay to grass. I think they look happier out wandering the pasture. I have started planting in the garden and have lettuce, kale, beets and peas started. DSC_0037I tried something new this year and have  put my herb garden against the stonewall that connects the house to the barn. It was the sight of an old  shed that had to come down several years ago and before that according to the history of Goffstown was the site of the county poor farm. This is how the town supported the homeless. We had many interesting artifacts but most has been lost to age and weather. I wonder as I unearth old nails and sometimes utensils and move rocks what stories they could tell.

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Last October we planted daffodils on our bankings on route 13 or Pattee Hill Road also known as John Stark Highway. This effort to plant daffodils along the highway and in the towns has been encouraged by both Goffstown and Dunbarton . As Dunbarton plans for their 250th anniversary in 2015, they would like to have everyone in the spirit.
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Dunbarton Garden Club sells the bulbs in the fall.   We are never sure when we plant in October if those bulbs will turn into beautiful flowers 6 months later,  but they did and are magnificent spots of sunlight as you drive on route 13 headed north. Our first daffodil blossomed on April 21 with many more blooming in the days following. We are going to keep an annual record of the first bloom in our yard. This is a new tradition we started this year and what better way to keep a record then here. Oh, and if you are going for a walk, the black flies have started to come out (not to mention ticks!).
Love from the farm,
Ellie

Out Like a Lamb

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.

Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time

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I’ve never felt like a poem more accurately describes April than Robert Frost’s Two Tramps in Mud Time.   I love season’s but it has been wonderful to watch the snow melt, ice thaw and grass turn green.

In the past, I haven’t paid close attention to how quickly the grass jumps out of the ground in the spring. This year, with Dan counting the dwindling number of hay bales left in the barn, I notice daily the seemingly exponential growth of the grass over the past couple of days.

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When I took this photo on Sunday, I looked out of my window and the fields were covered in dead brown grass. I had to dig to find the green shoots of grass hiding in the ground.  Today when I look out my window, the fields are covered in green – a sign of spring and new life!

Another sign of new life on the farm is baby lambs!

DSC_0073We had two lambs this spring and they are both strong healthy little girls!  It’s been fun to watch them grow. The lambs are awfully cute when they are young.  Soon, Dan and I will need to sheer the sheep – time for them to get rid of their winter coats and get ready for summer!

April vacation is coming up and Dan and I have a list of projects we are hoping to accomplish.  We’ll see how our list goes, hopefully we’ll get at least a few of the projects done!

Don’t forget to go out for a walk and enjoy this beautiful spring day!

Farewell from the farm!

xoxo, Britta

In Like a Lion

2014-02-26 12.37.11I can’t believe February is over! The highlight of our vacation was getting away for a few days with some of our good friends.  It was wonderful and a much needed get-a-way.  We talked by the fire, ate good food, went cross-country skiing, and just relaxed!

March is coming in like a roaring lion, and I am anxiously awaiting the warmer weather that is just around the corner!  I have a case of cabin fever and as a result I am starting to think about our garden for the summer.  In the winter, thumbing through the colorful, ripe fruits and vegetables in the seed catalogs,  I never fail to think that this year, I am going to be an incredible gardner.  I learned my lesson last year though.  I am not planning on having a large garden this summer. I have a lot to learn and I want to have time to learn from and work with other farmers in the area.

Dan and I are taking every opportunity we can to learn from and connect with other farmers.  We have already attended the NOFA-NH Winter ConferenceGranite State Grazier’s Conference, and more.  We have a few more conferences and workshops coming up that I am excited about.

Here are the upcoming workshops I am looking forward to:

I am not sure how many of these we will be able to attend and there are many more that I wish we had time to attend.  If you are interested in finding other workshops in New Hampshire check out NOFA-NH events or UNH Extension events.

If there are any other good workshops out there that we are missing out on, please let us know!

Farewell from the farm!

xoxo, Britta

p.s. – I’m loving the pallets from Valentine’s Day!  Dan and I have been out stacking wood and we’re hoping to move the pallets around with the tractor.DSC_0927

Winter Feeding

Cows lead a fairly simple life and I’m pretty sure they are happiest when they are eating.  In the winter, every day, twice a day, we head into the hay barn to give them some hay.DSC_0967In November, that hay trailer was full of hay!  Now we are down to the bales stored along the sides.  We are ready for spring to come!

DSC_0951Usually we give them a few bales at each feeding.  In the mist of this never ending polar vortex the cows love munching on the hay on a cold winter day.

Sometimes it seems like a chore, but then a cow looks at me with one of those big beady eyes and I can’t help but laugh to myself.  They are truly gentle giants and such interesting animals to spend time with, as this hilariously accurate super bowl commercial depictes perfectly.
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I have to be honest and say Dan is the one that faithfully feeds the cows every day.  He comes from a family of farmers and he has the ability to wake up and jump out of bed in the wee hours of the morning.  I once thought myself a morning person, but after marrying Dan I realized there are morning people, and there are farmers.  We don’t have a long list of morning chores to get done, but Dan doesn’t seem able to sleep beyond whatever time the sun rises at.  (He also isn’t able to stay awake much longer after the sun sets.)  Needless to say, even if I wanted to feed the cows in the morning, Dan always seems to get out of bed before me and get it done.  I am grateful for the few extra minutes he gives me each morning to wake up.

I’m off to enjoy our last day of February vacation!  Hope you are all staying warm as the polar vortex returns!

Farewell from the farm!

xoxo Britta

Dump Truck Love

PicMonkey PhotoValentineHappy Valentine’s Day from the farm!  These are some my favorite Swedish cookies.  They take a little bit of time make, but these delicious spice cookies are worth it!

Swedish Pepparkakor Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb of butter
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. molasses
  • 4 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 grated orange rind
  • 3 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 scant tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cloves

Directions: Cream together butter and sugar.  Mix in egg, molasses, orange juice and rind.  Add flour, soda, and spices.  Mix well. Refrigerate dough overnight.  Roll dough out to about 1/8 in thick.  Cut out shapes and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

Farm Dates

Living on the farm, my valentine’s idea of a romantic date is to dig the dump truck out of a foot of snow, drive to a warehouse in Manchester, and pick up some wood pallets. We were supposed to make dinner for Dan’s grandmother, but Dan found a good deal on Craigslist and decided he was on a mission to get these pallets!  When we had to explain to Grammy why the sudden change of plans, she laughed and laughed and told us a story of when Grampy took her out on an anniversary date in the cattle trailer.  I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!  I am excited about these pallets though, so I can’t give Dan too hard a time about it.

This morning we went out snowshoeing and tapped trees for maple sugaring.  It was a beautiful morning! We are planning on going on another snow shoe adventure this afternoon after we fuel up on tomato soup and grilled cheese for lunch.  It’s lightly snowing out which always makes it feel magical outside.  I hope you are getting out and enjoying the beautiful winter!

Farewell from the farm,

xoxo Britta

 

Snow Day

picmonkeysnowdayI thought I was going to have more time in the winter.  Some how it’s been flying by and it’s almost time to start maple sugaring!  Before we move into that season though, I thought I should do a quick recap of winter on the farm.

We had lots of time spent with family eating delicious meals.  Dan’s brother, Tim, decided he wanted to start a new tradition where he makes us all a delicious dinner the day before Thanksgiving.  This year he made us some ribs, a roast beef, butternut squash risotto, polenta, and a delicious salad with pomegranates and sugared almonds.

picmonkeytdayI forgot to take a picture before we started eating, but this is a snap shot part way through the delicious meal! It was really good for us all to work on expanding our stomachs before our Thanksgiving feast!

I think my favorite part about Christmas is the Christmas tree.  I love the warm glow it brings into the house at winter, when the days are the shortest.  picmonkeychristmastreeWe cut one down from the small plot of Christmas trees near our house.  Jim planted those trees, so looking at the tree reminded me of him.  I loved getting out all our Christmas decorations and decorating the tree.  These are some of my favorite ones from this year.

PicMonkey CollageChristmasIt’s a little hard to see, but I hope the “cow bell” makes you all smile a little.  It’s a jingle bell that painted like a cow!

On our recent snow day I felt like making a little special treat so I made a Tomato Tart.  I used America’s Test Kitchen recipe and it came out delicious!  I am definitely going to have to make it again when tomatoes are in season.

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Other than spending time with family, we’ve been working on planning out our garden for the summer.  Right now Dan and I are trying not to get too excited about all the beautiful pictures in the seed catalogs and keep our garden simple. We don’t want to put too much on our plates this summer so we have time to spend learning from other farmers in the area.

Every day we recognize how much we have to learn about farming.   It’s tempting right now to dive in head first into farming, buy in more cows, new sheep breeds, buy fruit trees and berry bushes, get some pigs, a beehive (the list could go on), but we always have to remember to think about our quality of life.  Doing more isn’t always better!

Thank you! Farm Day 2013

farm day 2013 thank youIt’s been a little while now since Farm Day, but we wanted to thank everyone who came!  It was great and turned out to be a great day!

This adorable scarecrow couple, made by our very own Ellie King, got to sit on the top of the hill and enjoy the beautiful sunrise that started off the day.  DSC_0325

We were so thankful it turned out to be such a beautiful fall day –  the leaves were full of color and the sun was shining!DSC_0336Ellie did a wonderful job decorating and making the farm feel festive for the fall.  DSC_0343Dan’s brother Tim flew in from D.C. for the weekend and cooked up some delicious burgers and roasts.  We’re working on trying to get him to write down recipes as he makes them so that he can share his delicious creations with others!

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The chickens came out from the barn and joined in the festivities of the day!

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Thanks again to all who came out and supported us.  We hope you are enjoying your meat and we look forward to seeing you all next year!  Dan and I have been out in the fields looking at the cows to see how many we will have ready for next year.  If you have recipes you tried and loved, please let us know so we can share them with others!

Farewell from the farm!

xoxo,

Britta

Worth It

It’s not always easy living on the farm.
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Worm Bin Composting

When Dan and I lived in Chicago, our farming options were limited.  However, that didn’t stop Dan.  He went to a workshop about worm bin composting.  He came back with a rubbermaid tub so we could have our own worm bin composting system in our dining room.

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A photo from Nancy Gocht’s worm bin harvest

At first I was opposed to having worms in our dining room,  but I quickly realized those red wiggles made great city pets! They ate our left over food scraps, didn’t smell, and we only fed them about once every two weeks!

A few years ago at Christmas, Dan and I put some worm bins in our family Yankee Swap.  My mom ended up with a bin of worms and has been growing her worm population for the past two years.  This weekend she harvested some worm castings to use in her garden.  Above is a picture of the beautiful dirt from the worms!  At a garden center, this little bit of dirt would probably cost at least $10.  This year Dan has brought our worm bins to school to use for science experiments in his classroom.  We’ll see how they turn out!

Dan and I had a great weekend in Chicago!  The bride was beautiful and so was the wedding.  We have been working hard on cleaning and organizing our house.  Last night, I got one room completely organized.  One down, many to go!  We’re also busy getting things ready for Farm Day 2013.  If you’re free on October 19th, we’d love to have you stop by!

Farewell from the farm!

xoxo ,

Britta

 

Fall Weekends

It was a good weekend for getting projects done around the farm.  The warm sunny weather made the daytime feel like summer and the cool nights were perfect for eating stew and soup!  Dan and I made a delicious stew tonight using beef shanks.  I will post the recipe and some photos later this week!
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We have a few old apple trees growing down by the pond.  Dan and I picked some this afternoon and we’re hoping to try to make applesauce with them later this week.  I would love to learn how to prune the trees so next summer we have bigger apples instead of lots of little ones.

DSC_0083The sheep (and the cows) enjoy eating the apples that have fallen on the ground.  It is a special treat for them this time of year.  It’s funny to watch them munch away on all the apples.

DSC_0110We haven’t gotten any eggs from our chickens yet, but we’ve started checking every day!  During the summer we had a problem where our chickens got attacked by a fox.  Since then we’re had to keep a close eye on the chickens, but it was great watching them run around this weekend.  DSC_0133

It’s amazing how much they’ve grown since the spring!
DSC_0164It’s going to be a busy week here at Clarkridge Farm.  On Tuesday, we are taking some cows and sheep off to be butchered.  It’s always an adventure trying to get the cows into the cattle trailer.  Hopefully they’ll all just walk right on! Then this weekend we’re going to be in Chicago for a wedding of one of my closest friends.  I’m excited to go back to the city and see so many good friends there!

Harvest Season

DSC_0039 This spring we barely managed to get a few vegtables planted.  We experimented with some different crops to see what kind of results we would get.  Our corn grew higher than we thought!  Dan loved to go outside and measure it.
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Although it looks tasty, the corn didn’t end up tasting that good.  We planted an heirloom variety that tasted like the frozen corn on the cob you get in a college cafeteria.   The chickens have enjoyed pecking at the corn though!

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We had a bumper crop of basil!  I love basil and pesto, so I was happy to enjoy all the basil we had.  This weekend I’m hoping to make some pesto and freeze before its all ruined by frost next week.

DSC_0021Unlike the corn, our heirloom tomatoes were delicious!  I didn’t take many good photos of our tomatoes, but here is one below.  Most of our tomatoes weren’t round like this one though.  They were bumpy and lumpy but still delicious!DSC_0074My favorite thing to do with the fresh summer produce is throw it on a pizza with some fresh mozzarella cheese. This pizza has some summer squash, and eggplant on it from our friends garden and homemade pesto on the bottom.

DSC_0040I hope you have enjoyed the harvest from your garden this year.

Farewell Summer

One of things I’ll miss the most about the summer is all of the fresh fruit available during the summer.  My favorite summer fruit is fresh peaches, but blueberries are definitely a close second!

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This Blueberry Buckle from allrecipes.com was delicious!  (I know there are lots of fancy cooking blogs out there, but allrecipes.com is my go to – quick, easy, and usually pretty basic.) It was a great way to use up a bounty of blueberries from berry picking.  DSC_0008As the summer is winding down and I’m lamenting the loss of our fresh summer produce, I’ve been reading Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Harvest.  If you haven’t read any of his books, I would highly recommend it.  Especially if you’re farming in New England.  He’s from Maine and harvests fresh produce all four seasons!  Dan and I are hoping to implement some of his practices into our garden this fall.   We’ll let you know if how it’s working in January!
DSC_0015A lot is happening on the farm right now.  We’ve been getting back into the routine of the fall and I’ve definitely been missing the free time of the summer.  Projects take twice as long to get down now.

We’re working on putting together the order forms for the grass-fed beef packages for the fall! Hopefully they will be up and working the beginning of next week.

Familiarity

There is something to be said for familiarity. I love small local coffee shops, but sometimes Starbucks makes me feel at home. The familiarity of it reminds me of Chicago, of a different life.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my life right now.  I love the farm – the cows, sheep, woods, and outdoors.  I love being closer to family.

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But sometimes I miss the pace of city life. I miss living in the third largest city in the United States and feeling part of a much bigger world. I love the diversity. I miss walking down the street and seeing signs in Spanish, Arabic, and German.
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Today, as I embrace my new life, I’m sitting comfortably at Starbucks reading How to Make a Small Farm Profitable.  At this Starbucks though, the door isn’t constantly opening to new customers.  It’s possible to find a table to sit at. There aren’t any homeless people coming in to warm up from the cold air outside.  There aren’t people (and strollers) walking by, there’s cars and a parking lot. Instead people seem to look up and smile more. I could take my time deciding what I wanted to drink because there weren’t five people in line behind me.
It’s a time of adjusting, but I’m adjusting. I’m thankful for the time I lived in Chicago. For the friends I made and the things I learned. And slowly I’m making friends here and starting to feel at home at the Apotheca. Today though, I’m thankful for the familiarity of Starbucks.

New Born Lamb

Yesterday, a new lamb was born.  Unfortunately this lamb can’t walk, so we’re not sure if he’s going to make it.  Since the lamb can’t walk, he can’t eat because he can’t stand up to get milk from his mother.  So, we’ve been flipping the mother over and feeding him.  Yesterday, he got a lot of milk and he was able to get colostrum, the mother’s first milk containing essential vitamins.  The little guy is doing a little better today, but he still can’t walk.  He’s a determined little fella and tries so hard!  He just ends up head-butting the ground.

I did some research about what why his legs don’t work and I think he has “white muscle disease.”  This disease is caused by a lack of selenium in the mother’s diet.  These are the two most helpful articles I’ve found about the disease so far.  This article, White Muscle Disease in Sheep and Goats and Selenium Deficiency in Sheep.  The second article provided the most helpful information.

“Clinical white muscle disease which responds to selenium has been seen in young lambs born to ewes that had been fed on wheat for most of their pregnancy.  Some grains may be low in selenium, depending on the area in which they are grown.”

New England is known as an area with low levels of selenium (in the soil? plants? I’m not exactly sure where it comes from yet – I have a lot to learn).  Since it’s winter, all the mothers had to eat is hay.  So, I think it’s going to be important to figure out which ewes are pregnant and add some selenium to their diet.  There are a couple of issues though. First of all, especially in the winter when those sheep have a full coat of wool, it’s very difficult to tell which ones are pregnant.  The ewe’s need extra selenium when they’re pregnant so it’s important to get them the minerals.  An easy solution would be to just give all the sheep some selenium but that where the second problem arises.  Selenium is a tricky mineral – the sheep need it, but too much will kill them.  I’m going to have to talk with Dan and see what’s been done in the past and what we can do moving forward to keep a healthy heard of sheep.

Now the question is, what to do?  Do we give the lamb some selenium and hope he makes it?  I’m afraid of giving him too much that he dies from too much selenium.  Also can we eat him in a year if he had selenium at birth?  Will it effect the flavor?  He’s a male, so we don’t want to keep him around as a ram.  He also might not be a good ram for a different heard if he had selenium deficiency at birth.  Also, if the white muscle disease has affected his heart, he could suddenly die from heart failure.  I guess all we can do now is flip mom over, feed him, and give him some selenium.  Let’s hope he makes it!

February Vacation

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One of the perks of being a teacher is vacation.  It’s even better that Dan and I are both teachers so we are able to enjoy breaks together!  There are two downsides: 1) everyone else has the same vacation so everything is crowded (I went to the mall yesterday and felt like I was walking through a middle school) and 2) it’s very difficult to take time off any other time of the year.  Aside from summer vacation, this is Dan and I’s first vacation off together since we’ve been married!  In Chicago, I worked for a private school and Dan worked for Chicago Public Schools so we had different breaks.  We are  enjoying our time off to get projects done around the house!  There is a long list – let’s see how much gets done!

On Sunday we enjoyed the snow and went skiing again!  SAM_2656

This picture makes it look cold and snowy, but it was pretty warm and a great day!  The only downside was that at the end of the day Dan headed back to our car and realized that we lost the keys!  My sister and I sat in the ski lodge for 2 hours while Dan drove home with our friend Riley to get the spare key.  SAM_2668

We enjoyed our time in the ski lodge sitting by the window, watching the snow fall, drinking hot cider, and chatting.  The 2 hours flew by!  SAM_2673

This morning Dan and I went to town to run some errands.  We stopped at the library and I picked up a copy of the DIY book Young House Love by some of my favorite bloggers.

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While Dan was at the hardware store I sat across the street at my favorite coffee shop, the Apotheca.  I got a chai tea latte and I poured over the pages of Young House Love, and now I’m inspired to get some projects down around our house over break.  SAM_2700

 

This is my new favorite book!  If you are working on house projects I highly recommend it.  There is tons of inspiration and lots of useful tips for any DIY-er.

My to do list:

  • Finish recovering the bench cushions and make the pillows
  • Paint our desk
  • Paint our little chest of drawers
  • Hang up our picture gallery going up the stairs
  • Finish bathroom mirror storage (what is the mirror above a sink called anyways?)

Dan’s to do list:

  • Build the chicken coop
  • Cut more wood and fell some trees
  • Clear out the brush to plant some more Christmas trees

Together we hope to:

  • take lots of walks through the woods 
  • make a roast
  • enjoy our first school vacation together!

Sometimes I’m over ambitious and don’t get everything done on my to-do list.  Let’s see if I can change that!  Here I go!

Farewell from the Farm!

xoxo, Britta

Nemo: The “Snowicane”

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We lucked out last weekend!  Back in November, Dan and I planned a trip with some of my friends from high school friends for a ski weekend at Okemo.   Skiing in New England is always a gamble, but this time, we won the jackpot! SAM_2615

On the last run of the weekend Dan found some awesome glades.  I was worn out so I didn’t go down them with him, but I wish I had.  Skiing in the trees (when there’s enough snow) is a great experience.  Your skiing in your own world.SAM_2593We were lucky enough to be able to ski out our front door and onto the slopes!  When it’s blizzard weekend, there’s nothing better.

This past weekend we started boiling our sap into maple syrup.  It’s been fun to be a part of that process.  Tomorrow I’ll try to do a more extensive update on farm life.  Lisa, my sister, is here for the night (or weekend, depending on the snow storm)  I’m so glad she’s here.  She’s always fun to hang out with.  Tomorrow we’re going to go to the Apotheca, my favorite coffee shop in Goffstown, and blog our morning away.

Well, happy February vacation!

Farewell from the Farm,

xoxo Britta

Farm Footwear

Last year in Chicago, I knew we were going to be moving to the farm in the fall so, I bought a pair of Hunter Boots.   Little did I know how essential they were going to be!  I wore them all around the farm during the muddy fall season and I didn’t have to worry about stepping in mud (or cow patties)!

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They were the most fun when we went up to Maine this fall, for a weekend get-a-way. During low tide, I was able to walk through the seaweed and explore the beautiful coastline.

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I walked right in to the water…

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…and found creatures like this little star fish!

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Although my Hunters were great for the fall, they’re miserable in the winter.  They don’t keep your feet warm at all!  I had some winter hiking boots my mom bought me from Marshall’s back when I was in high school, but I think they are ready to retire.  I found these boots online and I think they might be perfect.

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They look like they’d be good for taking winter hikes on snowy days!

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Well, that’s all for now.  Dan is cleaning out the maple sugaring equipment so we’ll be ready to tap the trees in a month or two!  I can’t wait for fresh maple syrup!

Farewell from the farm,

xoxo Britta