Saturday, January 16, 2010
It's a brilliant blue day, warm enough to go out in just a sweater. I've been really disappointed in the minimal snowfall so far this winter, but I can't complain about a break in the cold that's as lovely as this!
The ground has turned to mud and that meant the chicken coop was in desperate need of a clean-out. I had to chase the chickens out of the coop and into the sun (they're very timid about the snow).
They fluttered in a flurry of ineffective wings from muddy patch to muddy patch.
Slowly, they began to dare to step onto the snow.
They escaped cold toes by roosting in my neighbor's "rust garden."
But then Rosie dared to mince her way across the expanse of snow to the woods.
Where she goes, the others follow.
Now they're happily scratching and foraging in the sunny leaf mold under the trees. And I'm off to do more chores that will take me outside.