Winter is truly here with icy winds and frosty mornings. I love it.
Until this weekend I was still wearing flip-flops and sundresses, but now it’s time to truly bundle up and luxuriate in all things cozy and warm.
It’s been a busy time on the farm as we welcome 8 new chickens to our farmyard brood – 5 White Sussex and 3 glossy black Australorps. They’re all beautiful and good-natured and have already started laying! Atta girls! Our goat mamas are bagging up and should be delivering adorable kids any day now. I cannot wait to cuddle them. And my incubator experiment looks like we may be getting some baby chicks within the week. I do hope so! I’d love to have fluffy little babies in the house for a couple of weeks.
I’ve been making homemade apple cider vinegar, a big crock of sauerkraut, jars of apple butter, and bottles of ketchup (tomato sauce to my Aussies). I’ve dried boxes of apples and tomatoes, juiced pears, and planted the last of my winter veg: snow peas, sugar snap peas, shelling peas, celeriac, onions, and ruby Brussels sprouts. It’s so great to wander through my gardens each afternoon and see so many green things shooting up through the hay mulch.
The drops of dew glistening on fallen leaves never fail to delight me.
I haven’t found beds of moss here in Oz, so these gorgeous clumps of lichen will have to do. Not so handy for sitting on, but they are every bit as intricate and magical.