Beginning the Day

Every day for me starts with my morning chores.  Once it’s light, and once I have a cup of coffee in me, I let the chickens out, check the wood in the stove and (these days) give the goats some hay.  Dawn is a beautiful time here, so while these may be “chores,” in no way are they burdens.

A few mornings ago I took along my camera.

Some years we have fed the goats very little hay.  Basically I’d only put it out if there was snow on the ground.  I’ve always had over a hundred bales left when spring arrived.  But this year, with a larger herd and a fall drought, our supply has dwindled to just a few bales and I’m worried we won’t have enough. 


Weather permitting, I’ll put up a lot more this year.

I was able to catch Elvis mid-crow.


Keeping enough firewood on hand this year has been a challenge too.  I was too busy (or just didn’t find the time) this summer to store up enough.  But winter is a good time for cutting wood and although it’s been close at times, we’ve never run out.


The beginning of another fine morning on the farm.


7 comments on “Beginning the Day

  1. Sophie says:

    Here’s a question from an idiot who’s never spent much time on a farm: what’s the furnace for? Elvis is beautiful.


    • Bill says:

      Hey Sophie. We heat our house with an outdoor boiler/furnace. It heats water that in turn heats our home (through a blower/heat exchanger). It’s like a wood stove that doesn’t require me to split wood. 🙂

      Elvis has been enjoying his time at the top of the rooster ladder. He is definitely a good-looking bird.


  2. Lovely glimpse into your morning. The image of your farm in early morning light is beautiful, and isn’t that a new header image, too? Beautiful.


    • Bill says:

      Yes, it is a new header. I was going to put a view of what it looks like now (a winter scene), but I found this sunset shot from the summer and decided to use it instead.


  3. C.C. says:

    What kind of a stove is that? Looks effective – in the barn? We down in Albuquerque heat with wood, too, and had to get a 2nd cord this winter. The last photo is beautyfull.


    • Bill says:

      Thanks. As Teresa noticed in her comment, that photo is just as the sun is beginning to rise. It really doesn’t do justice to how pretty that time of morning can be.
      The stove is a Central Boiler Classic ( It is in the equipment shed, which is great since it means I don’t have to load it in the rain or snow. It does an awesome job of heating our home. The upfront cost is significant but it saves us a lot of money going forward and allows us to heat with a renewable resource that we have in abundance. One of the best investments we made on the farm.


  4. BigSteve says:

    Really nice stuff! I need to consult w u on my firewood situation on my acreage in CT.


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