"How the waiting countryside thrills with joy
when Bluebird brings us the first word of returning spring.
Reflecting heaven from his back and the ground from his breast,
he floats between sky and earth like the winged voice of hope."
- W. L. Dawson, Birds of Ohio, 1903
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
We've been playing a lot of "One of These Things Is Not Like the Other" for the last week or so. With the heavy snowfalls and the apparently inherent 'es-capability' of hoggets, there has been an on-going game of musical pastures. Each morning at feeding time everyone is moved back to their appointed pasture, and the next morning everyone is back in the barn paddock. This wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing except for the varying nutritional needs of the different groups. We didn't really have the time or energy to discover and repair the escape routes before the next round of snow began. So for now... musical pastures it is :)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
What a blessing to be surrounded by these blue skies! Most of the weekend was filled with the most beautiful February weather, and although it began to snow again Sunday afternoon, the air was filled with hope. Because, you see, there were ROBINS! Not just one lonely, lost, what-am-i-doing-so-far-north robin, but dozens and dozens of ROBINS! They were busy as can be in the hayfields and pastures.
So... we're calling it. It is officially Late Winter! Late Winter! (Please don't tell us any different.)
Sunday, February 23, 2014
"Wandering in the winter light
The wind can act the same
They're witness to salvation
And life starts over again"
~ from 'Winter Light' lyrics by Eric Kaz, Antoni Preisner, Linda Ronstadt
'The Secret Garden' 1993 film (beautiful video here)