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Taking Notice

January 28, 2015

The days are getting noticeably longer.


Sweet Meat winter squash

I’ve relinquished my winter grip on the winter squash stash.  Some.  The hens are getting the smaller ones from storage.


Jane is starting to shed her winter coat.  And she’s sleeping out at night like an animal…


Corylus in bloom

Corylus in bloom

Native filberts are starting to bloom in the hedgerows.


Delphinium trollifolium

And the harbinger of spring I look for the most – Staggerweed – is starting to make it’s appearance.  Other names are larkspur, Columbian larkspur, poison delphinium, cow poison and countless others.  This is the only weed we have that will kill a cow in short order.  Not that we don’t have poisonous plants, we do, this is the one that cows have no aversion to.

Higgledy, Piggledy

Higgledy, Piggledy

I chickened out on the birthday cheesecake, ran out of time, and used the boughten stuff.  It was still good.  I intend to practice though, and get out of my butter groove and into a cheese groove.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. Bee permalink
    January 28, 2015 6:40 pm

    Yes, I was up at the big spring the other day on a water run and noticed the alder catkins were showing up. The snow geese and swans are on the move north, and the spring peeper chorus has started. But I really hope we get some more rain…

    • January 28, 2015 7:28 pm

      Me too, and I keep thinking back to last Feb with 11F after a bout of warm and dry. Dry winters hurt us here 😦

  2. Chris permalink
    January 29, 2015 5:57 am

    Gorgeous photos today! Love the light coming through that bright red comb on HP! 🐓
    Do you use your filberts?

  3. January 29, 2015 11:46 am

    your photos! Spring is coming! The shedding Jane-coat made me smile, gaaaa ….whatta cutie she is!

  4. January 29, 2015 1:45 pm

    Get out of a butter groove? Sounds slippery.

    Nice pictures. Spring is early or I am late. I may have missed the maple sap.

    • January 29, 2015 1:56 pm

      We’re not out of the woods yet, last February was ccccold for here – 11F. We’ve had this great stretch of dry and sunny, while the valley is socked in under the fog. There are some higher elevation perks to winter I guess. Frogs and robins today!

  5. January 31, 2015 6:34 am

    Spring? Wow.. You do have a long warm season.. much more suited to farming .. we are still struggling through it here.. c

    • February 1, 2015 5:06 pm

      Well, it’s odd here, we get cold spells (for us) 15F or so, and then it gets warm again, the freezing again, now warm again. Not like you can plan for either the cold or the warm.

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