We generally do embrace Winter around here. It is a part of Vermont we love dearly –Winter and all that it brings, especially when it brings snow. For me, there is something so calming, so cheery, so comforting about the landscape blanketed in snow. As the days darken, our landscape has fortunately brightened with the snow that seems to refresh itself nearly daily this year.
It seems the animals around this farm are also embracing winter, either unphased by the snow or deeply at peace in it.
A few of our young hens seem to have a deep love for their hen wagon, at least for laying their eggs, despite their appreciation for the dry barn.
Not even snow up to their little bellies seems to deter them. As much as I love winter, this hen has something to teach me about discipline and perseverance.
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
– Alice wonders in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass