Snow. Light Powdery snow. We had another snowy day yesterday. But it is still too dark outside for me to see what happened in the night. We have no street lights in the country so there is no way of knowing without going out. Some farms have enormous lights that light the whole yard all night but I see no earthly use for one. It feels like you are in Stalig 13. (Did i spell that right?) (No it is Stalag c.. thank you viv) I have no curtains on my windows because I like to see the stars and I love the moonlight in the house. Outside lights cut all that beauty off.
Anyway last night there was just enough snow to deceptively cover the ice that is building up under there. I have begun the plonky winter trudge, stepping firmly onto the ground to avoid landing with a surprised squeak on my poor wee bottom.
The root cellar is down the back. In the olden days this is where they stored the produce for winter. Or kept it cool in the summer. I should be brave enough to start using it again, or at least put a basket of potatoes in there and see if they freeze or indeed are just stored. Maybe next year. A door might be a good start! Because the naughty sheep use it as a summer hang out. It is in the Rat-house Paddock (yes every field has a name) so very close by would have been the old house that was on this property. We have unearthed garden paths that go nowhere. It was evidently burnt down, then pushed with a bulldozer into its own basement. The garden and trees ripped out and burned. An ignominious end. In fact there are so many levels to such a dreadful burial it makes me shudder. The house we live in, which replaced it, is about seventy years old. So it would have been a while ago. The perpetrators long gone.
Yesterday I sowed Sage and Holy Thistle. Both herbs for The Bees and I. I sow into trays, they will take three to four weeks to germinate, then I will prick the seedlings out into pots so they can grow for about 6 – 8 weeks, then I should be close to planting. I also sowed a big pot of winter lettuce that will be grown indoors for the kitchen. The days are getting longer.
Dawn is just breaking and gently lighting quite a bit of snow. Hmm. Playtime! 19F. Not too bad. Good morning.