What a treat this past weekend was! We were in the mid 60’s on Saturday and almost hit 60 on Sunday. I can’t remember having days this warm in February in Upstate New York, and the coming week is shaping up to be just as warm. While this weather is welcoming after the cold and snow we’ve had over the last couple of months, it’s not so welcoming knowing that this warm weather will confuse all the plants and trees. I noticed some of the buds on my apple trees starting to pop. I have a feeling we may be seeing flowers much sooner than normal.
We definitely took advantage of the weather and got outside both days. We do most of our tree pruning during the winter months when it’s healthier for them and easier to see all the branches. It’s also nice to have it done when Spring hits so we can focus on the gardening and landscaping, and of course mowing. We were able to tackle quite a bit of the pruning, and were able to do it in short sleeves…IN FEBRUARY!
The chickens were let out for some free ranging on both days, and does that ever make them happy! I only give them supervised free-range time because I’ve seen foxes, hawks, raccoons, coyotes and a mink on our property and would be worried sick if they were out there all day unsupervised. I get too attached to my animals, so I want to protect them as much as possible. Plus, I’ve put a lot of time and money into raising those chickens, and we love their eggs, so I’m not going to put them in a situation where a predator could snatch them up in an instant.
I also spent some time experimenting with my new camera. Right now with everything still drab outside, my best subjects are the animals. It gives me such joy to watch my dog Garbo interact with the chickens. She is the most gentle little creature, and they treat her like she’s one of them. It makes for some great pictures too! I am really looking forward to everything coming to life around our property soon and capturing it all on the new camera.
It’s amazing how a couple of warm days in the middle of a cold, dreary winter can energize your soul. I can really feel my motivation kicking into high gear to get seeds started, get the garden ready for planting, and get some new baby chicks. Now excuse me while I get back outside to enjoy another beautiful sunny day!