It's now officially winter and there's not a whole lot of activity on the farm. The garden is sleeping, the chickens aren't laying, the goats just wait for their grain at the gate.
Seed cataloges are beginning to pile up on the coffee table. I haven't really opened them yet, spring seems so far away. After Chrismas I'll really dig into the seed list.
The most activity lately has come from my spinning wheel. I have spun up about 10 pounds of yarn. Bulky, thread-thin and lumpy yarns in mostly earthy colors. Spinning makes a great winter activity. I can wrap a blanket around my shoulders, lean back and just focus on what is right in front of me. I've taken to listening to audiobooks while I spin. I just started Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Mirakami.
I attended the Missoula Made Fair as a vendor last week. I love the Made Fair because it seems every artist and crafts person in western Montana is there, as well as everyone I've ever met since moving to Missoula. The quality of products from these vendors is amazing. I want to take home one of everything. I've done this fair 4 years in a row and I'm still always surprised that I got in.
The Tiny Farm's hottest seller this year was mohair yarn. I got lovely comments from former goat ranchers and current spinners. That felt like a nice validation that I'm doing a good thing and I should continue in this direction. I was quite reved up after the show despite my aching legs.
We do have some plans for the coming year that we have been scheming. I don't think we are ready to talk about one of them, (for fear of jinxing it) but it is potentially very big.
We are going to expand our apiary to 4 hives. I'm excited about this! I've been hoarding the one full jar of honey I allowed us to take this year. It was a hard year for the new colony losing its queen halfway through the summer. I didn't want to stress them out by taking too much this year. Also, the fresh beeswax is Much better quality than what I get from the supply company for the Blue Zen products. Easier to melt and smoother. My lip balms are better for the "homegrown" wax.
All of our lady goats are pregnant except little Basil. This means more milk come spring. Looking towards autumn, that also means kid mohair and meat for the freezer.
I'm feeling optimistic of an abundant year in our future.