As the last four and a half hours of 2013 tick away, I am excited to begin the New Year.
2013 was, in many ways, a transition year. I managed to be freed from an unsatisfactory living situation, grew the Chantelcer breed and business, learned much about gardening in not previously experienced conditions, added Icelandic Chickens, started this blog, and made some major progress in getting the barn transformed for Shops at Fayrehale which will open the end of May 2014.
Please note! (Those of you who many not know) The unsatisfactory living situation I was freed from did not involve my husband but rather an individual we had opened our home to, who had lived with and basically been supported by us for 18 months, who ended up leaving on a negative note, and who caused as much disruptive and negative social activity as possible. I did not realize how much I had shut down during these 18 months until I was freed from the oppression of the situation! It is over and done with. Life is moving forward again and unfortunately, I will take a good hard look before helping anyone get a new start again. That is too bad.
2013 ends white with snow and cold! We are experiencing a week of subzero nights and low digit days. I am hunkered down. Staying warm and taking care of self and critters. Preparing to do some painting for the shop in the kitchen, shelves, molding, letters for the front of the barn etc., as it is not practical to heat the barn to painting temperature during this cold.
12 hours apart – 11:30PM and 11:30AM this last storm
We lucked out and had rain and an inch of wet snow this last storm. It still snapped a section of a three trunk birch. I am tired of the weather hype! It is winter. Snow falls. 6,8,10,12 inches of snow is not news! It is winter. Let me know if we will be getting 2 or 3 feet in 24 hours! Then I can shovel once or twice as it happens.
Our World Here In Vermont Is Beautiful
I started this blog site February 4th, 2013. Since then there have been 8,234 visits by 6,503 people. Thus 20.9% have been repeat visitors and the rest visited once. Almost 1000 have been outside the United States. More than I would have expected have communicated with me about various areas represented here. While not large numbers compared to many sites, I am surprised.
It shows how one can live a life of elegant simplicity, on the edge of a small Vermont village and still connect to many, scattered all over, with similar interests and concerns. I am humbled to think the life we are living may be of interest and assistance to others.
We enter 2014 prepared to open the Shop in May, to breed and ship Chanteclers & Icelandics and to garden even more successfully than we did in 2013.
Remembering, as we hope you will too, to take time to stop and smell the roses.