1 As winter approaches, many areas and objects at the farm are being cozied up with burlap.
2 I am the proud owner of two very large Kenneth Lynch cast stone planters. Several years ago, one of them cracked during winter. I had it successfully repaired and since then, I'm insistent that they are well-protected from harsh winter elements.
3 Wilmer covered each urn with thick plastic sheeting.
4 Using heavy twine, the plastic was tied securely.
5 He then draped the urn with a length of burlap.
6 Next, Wilmer threaded a large-eye over-size needle.
7 The hand-sewing is done with natural jute twine.
8 The burlap is folded and tucked and stitched together.
9 The finished product all neatly stitched
10 The boxwood hedges are also covered with burlap. First, the bamboo framework was erected.
11 The burlap was unrolled and draped over the bamboo.
12 To secure it to the bottom of the frame, the fabric was sandwiched between wooden strips and secured with screws.
13 It was then hand-stitched along the top and sides.
14 In addition to protecting the shrubbery from frigid winds, the burlap also keeps heavy snow from accumulating on the branches, which can misshape and harm the shrub.
15 With their piecing and sewing skills, my crew can cover anything in burlap!
16 A dome structure of plastic tubing was built around this standard lilac and the burlap was stitched to it.
17 Snow on the field of Christmas trees
18 This border of weeping willows was aglow.
19 The little pond had a skin of ice.
20 Needles and leaves beneath the ice
21 The beech trees hold their leaves well into the winter.
22 Gyurme was using the Hi-Lo to put all of the drained and coiled hoses in this loft space for winter storage. We have about 50 hoses all around the farm
23 The vegetable greenhouse is growing well. There are assorted herbs, spinach, kale, carrots, and a variety of leaf lettuce.
24 Sharkey and Francesca love driving around the farm with their Uncle Carlos. They even made sure their wardrobe matched with his!
25 Mt. Kisco Farm, one of our local markets, saves their discarded vegetable scraps for me.
26 Carlos scattered the greens throughout the chicken yard.
27 The chickens are always happy when new food arrives.
28 A beautiful Silkie Bantam
29 This Partridge Wyandotte was strutting along a branch perch.
30 The pair of Pomeranian geese are the natural protectors of the flock.
31 Carlos softened some stale bread in warm water.
32 The bread was offered to the geese.
33 The cautious Guinea fowl kept their distance.
34 On yesterday's blog, I showed you that my Friesian horses were getting their winter shoes. The farrier also trims the donkey's hooves on a regular basis. Linda first cleans the bottom of the hoof.
35 Like a horse, the hooves of donkeys continue to grow and they can get very tall, causing great discomfort.
36 Linda uses her rasp to shorten the length and smooth out uneveness.
37 Quite a bit of hoof is removed.
38 Neat, healthy, and happy