Winter Wonderland

Unlike most people, I actually love winter. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Alberta, or because I just don’t like being too hot, but there’s a crisp cleanness to winter that I love. Before I took up farming, I was likely to spend more time outdoors in the winter than any other season! Ice skating, snowshoeing & cross-country skiing are great things to do outside in the winter, and keep you warm in the process 🙂

After helping my sister at the One of a Kind show in Toronto, I came back to a farm already covered in a light layer of snow. That soon turned into a much deeper cover after the first big winter storm hit. The following pictures are taken from my living room windows where I was snug as a bug during the couple days of storm.

Wintry whiteness…great to watch from inside, not good for driving! Whiteouts and slippery road conditions shut down some of the roads in my area…a common occurrence in the winters out here.

The minivan, covered with about a foot of snow during the storm. I cleared it off afterwards with my snow shovel. There really isn’t a snow brush big enough to do the job with this much snow!

I’m not sure if the locals are trying to scare me or not, but I’ve been told that I need to be prepared to be snowed in for up to 5 days. Well, I think I’m prepared. I’ve got a wood stove, plenty of wood, emergency drinking water, candles, food, and lots of reading material. I somehow doubt I’ll be stuck for more than a couple days as the road I’m on is fairly major and gets cleared quite soon after a storm. But I guess I’ll just have to see what this winter brings!

For now, I’m enjoying the lovely winter wonderland that my farm has become. I’ve decorated for Christmas, including my very first real Christmas tree, and I’m expecting my family for dinner on the 26th. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and the roads will be clear for them all to come up. Over the next few days, I’ll be baking up a storm so there will be plenty of treats for us all to eat!

Merry Christmas everyone!

This is the story of my journey into sustainable agriculture. From the streets of downtown Toronto, to the farm land of southern Ontario, I hope to discover the techniques and practices that work for me in both mind and heart.

2 thoughts on “Winter Wonderland”

  1. It's true – you're in the middle of the snowbelt, and sometimes the snow is ridiculous up there! (I'm Paula's friend, likely will come up to visit in the spring, as I refuse to go up there during the winter – I've had too many times when my car would get stuck in a snowdrift in March….)

  2. The locals are correct, as I know from personal experience, it's possible to be snowed in for days at a time, with even majorish roads (like the one that you're on) closed and the ploughs taken off the road. However, so far so good, the weather gods have been kind, and the weather this year hasn't been too crazy so far. Glad to see new blood in the neighbourhood, and I'm loving what I've seen and heard about what you're doing so far. Young, organic (haha) energy is just what the area needs, and it's great to see someone like you utilising that farm in such a manner…I hope that you are happy and successful!

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