When reflecting on the progress of this homestead, I can’t help but feel satisfied with the growth. I don’t feel it day-to-day, or even month-to-month, but when I look at the year in its entirety, I smile with the accomplishments. At times I have to remind myself that there was nothing here; it was just pasture when I began. Now I have buildings, a greenhouse, gardens…
I have resolved that 2020 is the year for finishing those unfinished projects. There are plenty. Like the bathroom tile that is about 80% done or the shed that needs to be painted.
January brought a little bit of snow providing a quiet morning that you only get on a snow day to reflect on the progress and see the possibilities to be. Also, some stunning photographs.
I can see this windmill from my front windows and it is always showing me which way the wind is blowing. It appears that I get strong winds from the north, and also strong winds from the southeast. Hence Project Bees slated for 2020. I need to move the beehives to a new bee yard and protected from this wild wind. They don’t like the wind.
My neighbor’s house with glowing Christmas lights and a rising sun. So peaceful. Newly planted crabapples, maples and birch trees all look beautiful in snow.
A sleeping garden and sleeping chickens. I plan to expand the garden out this year and fortify the chicken coop with wire at ground level to keep the burrowing mice out. I’m feeding a whole nest of field mice.
Unfortunately, this snow only lasted two days. I’m going to miss this view. A new neighbor will be building near those trees in 2020. But they plan to build a cute little farmhouse and that makes me smile. They are also animal lovers and have horses, goats, etc. So happy camper right here!
The lavender is sleeping under a blanket of snow. I’m looking forward to making row markers identifying the different types of lavender. Another planned project to finish with my girlfriends.
The new year is off to a good start and I’m looking forward to sharing more!
Keep Calm and Lavender On 💜