Here we are, 2011. Boy oh boy was 2010 a whirlwind of a year…and we are SO ready for this first day of the New Year to lead us into another fantastic one. Our sleeves are rolled up, our vegetables are planned, the permaculture maps are getting drawn, our workshops are lining up fully, chick ordering dates marked, CSA plans layed out. We are READY and very very excited to get going.
But we still have the Wisconsin winter to contend with for another couple months. Our chores daily are pared down to basics. Water and hay the goats, water and feed the ducks, look for eggs (they started trickling in after the solstice, crossing our fingers!) feed the piggles their soaked oats, yogurt/milk/veggie scraps and play with them. Winter is mostly about gearing up for the season coming, spending time with friends and family, as well as reading, eating and relaxing.
There isn’t cabin fever when you can bundle up in snowpants, sweaters, big boots and scarves and go stare at a beautiful farm, picturing the springtime not so far away. We wander around our land, imagining where we want to build our future barn and home, where we’ll set up all the permaculture aspects of rotating livestock that are not very easy to fence in, or keep safe from predators. All the snow makes it kind of tough to trudge around, but we do it.
One day we located a rabbit warren in a rock pile, and the next day apparently so had another predator- there was fur and blood around the opening. Nature is not always peaceful tranquility, we eat or we are eaten, but life begins again as surely as it will end. These simple observations can be had in the city as well as the country. We are surrounded by life and living beings everywhere. Kind of humbling, we are all just a little dot on this massive planet. You get to choose what your dot does and means and the effect you can have. Here’s to a ambitious, grateful and beautiful 2011 for all.