And on the 1st day of the New Year one of my Maran Chickens has started to lay, and today when I checked the nest boxes, there were 2 more eggs, one from the Marans and one from the Cream Legbars, now I know the days are getting longer.
So far this winter has, for us, has been very mild but with some very strong winds and the occasional days of rain. We could do with the rain and we've not know a winter without being at least ankle deep in mud. The sheep have hardly touched any of the winter straw or spent much time in the barn, though with lambing only 10 weeks away, we are feeding the sheep in the barn as it will be easier to catch any of them should we need to and they get used to the barn for when they are penned up for the 24 to 48 hours before they are due to lamb.
For us Christmas and New Year has, as usual, been a quiet affair. Though we went to the village barn dance between Christmas and New Year. A good time was had by all.
So what are our plans for 2012.... Well hopefully we will move, though not before we lamb, so until we know what is happening with our smallholding we will just continue to maintain the land, hedges, fences and house until we hand it all over. On the fibre front, I'm hoping to increase the markets I attend as well as be more proactive with selling on line via Folksy etc. But what ever this new year brings, I hope it brings good things. A Happy New Year to you all.