I used to love the blog format and then the real time interaction of social media seduced me, I guess. But I really want to keep this going so... once again... I am starting again. The tide seems to be flowing this way, as the "hex season" seems to be beginning once again. I had thought that perhaps, with the pandemic chaos of a year ago and many small businesses feeling the brunt of stay at home and social distancing orders, that this might be the time that DutchHexSign.com would fade away. That did not happen and now, after what I have come to call the much appreciated winter slowdown, orders are beginning to roll in again.
In the rest of life, the flow seems to be right on schedule for many things. The hens are laying again. More warm (translation: above freezing, sunny and little wind) days and bouts of rain are happening more often, though still punctuated by days and nights of BRRR that require leaving the bathtub faucet dripping and make us thankful that the electric has stayed on to keep the barnyard water tubs liquid.
|Bella & Toby|
The first seeds have been put in soil blocks and under the lights.
|winter lettuce under lights|
out at a snow covered garden and barn yard, the earlier rising of the
sun is giving me spring-like vibes. I just hope I am up to doing the
garden again this year. And that I remember to hunt down and bring in
the other things that we do not grow in sufficient quantity, yet. I
totally overlooked making and putting up applesauce this year and
have been really missing it.
Sheep with their new,
almost complete shed.
I also need to
continue culling roosters, so I will check the weather for tomorrow
before I do evening chores today and if it looks to be suitable, I
will catch and confine two more roos. That should leave only one
"extra". I will be checking their skin color and culling
those with the Silkie gene for dark skin and flesh. I know Alli-roo
is cool and think the other mostly white one is, as well... but all
of the roosters with darker plumage will definitely get a good
So, between hexen, sewing, spinning, getting the seeds started -- I deliberately put in my seed orders as soon as the catalogs were in hand, this year -- in December -- as a proactive response to the supply chain issues that have been plaguing everyone during the pandemic, and I am glad I did. I got all of the seeds and varieties that I needed to supplement my stash of saved and previous years left overs.
Here's to a hope for a good season!