(Hello again! I’ve missed this space and hadn’t intended on such a long absence. But broken computers can do that, sighs. While mine is still out of commission, I have found a way to try and make it happen until we can afford a proper computer, hopefully very soon! I’m so glad you are still here…..)
It has been a magical winter here in our neck of the woods. The snow keeps falling, allowing us to strap on the snowshoes more frequently than we have in the last few years. We are building lots of snowforts and snow mazes, snowmen and snow angels. This is the kind of winter that I don’t mind experiencing, as long as there is a cozy fire to warm our toes beside and all the animals are safely sheltered.
We have been rendering lard from our pigs that we raised in the summer. It is fairly easy to do, but best made with a specific lard. The rest of the fat isn’t as tasty but makes a great suet. We rendered it down and added a mixture of seeds and berries, both store-bought and collected from around the homestead by Sunshine. I remember how busy she kept herself in the fall, collecting Snow Berries (Bother Berries) and laying them on cookie sheets to dry in our cookstove’s warming oven. Making birdseed was the perfect way to use those precious dried berries.
And then we watched for the birds….and waited….and watched….and waited…
Sunshine had a great idea of feeding one of the suet cakes to her beloved chickens. We hung one from a tree but our girls didn’t want to get their feet cold in the deep snow, so we moved it into the sheltered winter run. Well, those hens moved on it like you wouldn’t believe! Good thing we have several more suet treats for them.
We also made a few snowman feeders in front of our kitchen windows. This was such a fun afternoon!
We didn’t have the flock of feathered friends we hoped to see right away….I guess the first bird needs to spread the word through the neighbourhood. But we will wait, and hope to see them soon.
In the meantime, we have some fun snowmen smiling at us from outside.