Our frigid Arctic vortex has apparently moved onward.
Today's highs are expected in the 20's.
This weekend could go to 60!
For now, though, it still looks wintery.
The pond is frozen except for two circular areas that stay liquid
due to aerators that keep the water moving.
I have not been able to take pictures with my zoom lens,
because the lenses fog up in the cold...
so, I cannot show you a close up of the ducks.
But if I could, you would see that the saying
"like water off a duck's back"
does not apply in this weather.
During this extreme cold, whenever the ducks would "duck" their heads under the pond
surface, the water would run down their backs and freeze there!
If I had used my zoom lens,
you would also see that there are two little mallard females
that have joined our flock of twelve.
Free and plentiful food, along with unfrozen water are hard to pass up!
Every time I go to the barn, I pass my sad, frozen garden.
It's hard to believe that in just a few months,
it will once again look like this!
And we will once again be able to eat our meals straight from the soil!
For now, I will keep busy with seed catalogs
and plans for this coming gardening season.
I have lots of ideas for some new vegetables this summer.
Among them are these....
Mexican Gherkin cucumbers...look like tiny fairy-sized watermelons...
great for salads.
Lots and lots of hot peppers.
I have a family that eats hot pepper relish with every single meal!
Also new for Spring will be:
- a newly built pumpkin patch
- a handmade picket fence gate for the pumpkin patch
- all sorts of tasty veggies
- new chicks
- and maybe a pair of little girly lambkins (maybe)