As you can see, we are still in the midst of winter- both in temperatures and snowfall. We have more snow coming today and later in the week, so this is how our world is going to look for the time being.
The pond has shrunk quite a bit. An icy shelf has grown around the perimeter. Even with the smaller area, we still have 50 ducks that spend their days happily swimming here. The ducks that are here are a combination of our domesticated ducks and a rather large flock of mallards.
We have also noticed a lone American Black Duck for the past few weeks. You can see him on the ice to the right in this photo. I am not sure if he has a mate here, though, as the females look quite similar to mallard females.
Though the farm is tucked beneath a mid-winter blanket of snow,
there has been a subtle change in the past few days.
The days are no longer silent, as the sound of birdsong is returning.
Perhaps it's the lengthening day. Perhaps it's preparation for mating season.
Whatever it is, the birds are once again singing and it's a wondrous sound!
We've been opening the gate to the front pasture so that the horses and donkeys can get some daily exercise.
Guess who refuses to venture out? You got it. These two donkey divas refuse to walk through snow. It might be partly my fault, as I have always shoveled paths for them. But I have noticed, that if I don't shovel paths, they don't leave their house.
Today is Pantry Makeover Day... and I am so excited. Yesterday, the pantry looked like this:
Some of you were interested in the silicone cupcake liners, and had a few questions. This is what I have learned from my first time using them. The cupcakes don't stick...yay! As for cleaning them, I use a brush to clean them. Little crumbs of cake do stick in the indentations... but a dish brush works perfectly.
Muffin tins are unnecessary... you simply place the silicone liners on a cookie sheet, fill them with batter, and bake them. I am thinking of sending my muffin tins to the thrift store - one less thing to store in the kitchen. (Personally, I don't like using most muffin tins because of the non-stick coating that most have.) The silicone cupcake liners stack inside each other and take up barely any storage space.