Thursday, 9 January 2014
Here, in January
On Tuesday, I "set this place to rights" by putting the last of the Christmas decorations away and cleaning up the remnants of the festive season. Our home has been a hive of activity since Christmas and while is was great fun to host visiting family (and entertain large amounts of people), we are all craving "normal" here. After nearly 3 weeks off, my husband is back at work, the children are back in school, and I am back to my studies and my work here at home.
I've been busy restoring our regular "family anchors" (mealtimes and the routines before and after them). Zooming the focus back onto the family table is an important part of the process of returning to normal. Gone is the glitter and sparkle of the Christmas table and along with it, the treats and rich foods that we look forward to all year. We now crave healthier foods to warm and nourish us without the after dinner slump. Immune systems are boosted during this time of colds and flus with homemade bone broth soups and stews chock full of vegetables and fragrant spices. Taking centre stage on the table this week are a few special things that were my Grandma's (given to me recently).
I've given the poor neglected houseplants some grey water and will next water them with my worm tea (brewing as I type).
Outside, the snow is thickly blanketing everything around us.
The HUGE straw bale is half buried and all the trees and shrubs have a thick protective layer of snow to insulate them from the cold.
Rose, if you're reading this, this is the driveway with the markers. Without them, it's hard to see where the driveway IS to plow it clear! The other markers scattered on the property are to mark young plantings so the snowmobilers (of which we have many) don't drive over them.
The 6' garden fence is half buried. Those gates won't be opened for many months yet...
Inside the 3 season greenhouse, it's eerie and dark thanks to a thick blanket of snow on the roof. The plants are either dead or in hibernation.
Sawhorses rest atop the cover cropped bed (fall rye) in anticipation of early Spring when they will be put to use together with old doors to make seedling tray tables.
The hoop house is frozen in the snow,
the A-frame chicken tractor base is resting quietly, too.
The children bundle up with extra layers now when going to school. The north wind can suck the heat out of you faster than you can say "Alberta" :)
It's time to hibernate, rest and rejuvenate after a demanding month, giving us time to look over seed catalogues, plan the Spring garden, sew, read, knit and pursue other hobbies. January can be dull and colourless outside, but inside, the fire is on, tea is brewing, bread is baking and the warmth of a comfortable home is inviting to us all :)