Winter is here, with all the leaves fallen and the fields are white with frost. On November 21st we had our annual bonfire night. Friends and family stopped by for a visit and wiener roast around the fire. We had a clear cool evening and the years collection of wood and branches from around the farm were reduced to ashes.
It's been freezing at night while warming during the day, which means the sap in the Western Maples is flowing. Under the tutelage of our friend and neighbor, Gary Backlund, we have started tapping some of our Bigleaf Maples for their sap. We are really excited with this development and will let you know if we are able to produce our own FurryCreek Maple Syrup.
The Ewes have been into the Burdock Thistle again, so our Saturday morning has been lost to picking, combing and brushing them out. We will be totally eradicating this thistle next year as it is so hard to remove from the lambs wool.
It amazes me that the rams have almost no burdock seeds on them and the ewes are covered in them. I am thinking of a sexist comment but I am not going to say it (Yes, I am afraid of Marva). Pia hates being groomed, while Rose almost seems to like it and the attention. Goldie is neutral on the subject, but will put up with it as long as she has grain to nibble on. They do look so much better when they done.
To our friends south of the border a very Happy Thanksgiving wish to you all and at home a reminder that there are only 27 days to Christmas.