Precious with her Dream Catcher
Our lunch on that day was chicken leftover soup from Wednesday. We heated it back up in the morning and put it in our thermoses. It was really nice sitting on a hill in the sun and eating the hot soup. We also brought some Cabot cheese, some bread I made (not 100% local ingredients, because I can't, with any accuracy, know where the wheat was grown, but it's locally milled in Vermont), and some eggs pickled in the juice leftover after we ate all of the pickled beets. Eating a purple-pickled egg with a bright yellow yolk is actually pretty fun ;).
Today, we went for a walk. It was a perfect winter day with light winds, bright sun, and a clear, blue sky. Lately, we've had more of this sort of day than not, and I really should be taking advantage of them to replenish my Vitamin D store.
We decided to look for a geocache while we were going to be out anyway. When we got to the area where the geocache was located, I was thinking it was a lost cause and decided to just stand a little way up the hill, enjoying the feel of the winter sun on my face ...
I was glad we didn't have to cross the stream
... but Deus Ex Machina, being the
Afterward, we walked a bit and looked at trees. We brought some pine boughs home for tea, and had a (mostly) local (except the pasta) late lunch/early supper (would that be considered "lupper"?).
The bright sun today actually motivated me to get my Johnny Seed order all filled out (finally!). I may be a little late, but I still have some seed (for early stuff, like peas and lettuce) from last year, and the other stuff will be okay if it isn't planted until May. I'll send out the order in the early part of next week.
I'm planning to use more of my space than I have in the past for gardening.
I'm planning an entire "bucket" garden where I'll grow corn, beans and pumpkins.
I'm hoping to raise all of the tomatoes, broccoli, salad greens, pumpkins, beans, peas, garlic and onions that we'll use.
I hope to grow a significant portion of our potatoes.
We'll grow all of our chicken and hopefully be able to get the laying hens and ducks to actually give us some eggs ;).
We also intend to forage and preserve a lot more wild foods this year ... starting today, with the hemlock tea.
I'm not even close to tired of the winter, yet. I'd still love to see a lot more snow, and I don't mind the cold so much ... as long as I have a warm fire to come home to.
The Ground Hog tells us that spring is still six weeks away ... but it's almost time for maple sugaring, and right on th tail of that is time to plant peas.