I did work from home two days this week as a courtesy to those around me - I did not want to infect anyone.
As we head into the coldest part of winter, the tasks turn toward indoors. Kathy and I emptied the pantry and root cellar then reorganized everything keeping only those foods that were still fresh and appealing. We’ll do the same with our vegetable and mushroom supplies in the farm refrigerator this weekend.
I cleaned out the barn loft and did some electrical work in the barn in preparation for wiring the cider house to the power grid.
My father-in-law’s death a month ago provided us with several indoor projects as we go through his belongings and sort them into the donate, keep, and resell piles. We’re busy working on trust accounts/wills, transfer of assets across two generations, and canceling credit cards/accounts.
There is alpaca fiber to sort, holiday decorations to put up, and attic/basement cleaning to do.
I continued vole patrol (and humane trapping) in the hoop house, ensuring that our winter vegetables are not being eaten.
There’s paperwork, taxes, and licenses to complete. Last May I applied for Unity Farm to become a bonded winery so that we can sell our hard cider. The application is multi-step and quite complex. At this point all our applications are complete and we’re awaiting the scheduling of a site visit to inspect our cider house and fermentation/bottling facilities.
The alpaca, dogs, chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, and bees have all adapted to their winter life. The mammals are clustered together in the barn at night keeping warm and dry. The chickens and guinea fowl roost early in their heated coops. The ducks seem to enjoy the wet, frozen mud and have no issue with inclement weather.
The humans (include those of us recovering from the flu) are sitting next to a cozy fire, under a blanket, and using the winter months as a kind of hibernation, recharging our batteries for the rigors of the spring to come.