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)!
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.
I walked right in to the water…
…and found creatures like this little star fish!
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.
They look like they’d be good for taking winter hikes on snowy days!
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!
The business of the holiday season is over, and I’ve finally recovered from all the festivities! It was great to have a break from work and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I loved having our house decorated for the holidays.
One of our friends came to visit, saw our nook decorated, laughed out loud and said, “I love it! Is this the Charles Dickens nook, or something?” Dan and I thought that was pretty funny so we decided to refer to it as the ‘Charles Dickens Nook’ over the holidays. Now that the Christmas decorations are gone, we simply refer to it as ‘the nook’. I love sitting there drinking my morning coffee (I don’t drink coffee, I drink tea, but saying coffee sounds better and sometimes I wish I drank coffee) and looking at the pond and our sheep – I’ll post a day light picture of the view later.
We played games…
my favorite, Settlers of Catan.
We took naps…
We went cross country skiing…
There is nothing more peaceful then being in the woods the morning after it snows. It’s still, calm, quiet, and everything seems right in the world.
And we read by the fire…
This is the wonderful book my sister and brother gave my husband for Christmas. Wendell Berry has given me a lot to think about over the past few weeks. If you haven’t read anything by him, I highly recommend it. This particular book is a compilation of some of his essays. Wendell’s been writing about farming since before it was cool (1970’s ish). Michael Pollan has this to say about him –
“He marked out a path that led us back into nature, no longer as spectators but as full fledged participants.”
It’s gonna be a cold one! Dan and I are sitting by the fire – he’s planning our garden for the spring! I’m excited to see what we’ll have growing in a few months!
The snow was falling on Saturday morning when we woke up, so Dan and I decided it was the perfect afternoon to go get our tree! Luckily, there’s a small patch of Christmas trees growing along our driveway. We walked few steps out our front door, picked out a tree, and cut it down.
Sunday night I decided it was time to start making some Christmas cookies. I whipped up a batch of one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes, Spritz. It’s a good Swedish cookie – meaning the ingredients are butter, sugar, flour, and of course, almond extract! I’ll share the recipe later this week!