You would think that the chores on a farm would diminish in the winter. But think again! There is plenty that needs to be done this time of year.
One of the biggest chores is pruning our >100 tree orchard. Tom got the main orchard done all by himself but we still have the smaller crab apple orchard to go.
Then there are the repairs. Fences, gates, etc. Tom fixed this fence that was falling over onto my grape vines.
There are dead trees to deal with. Tom took out 5 dead hazelnut trees here and a large dead cherry tree in the orchard. Then he was able to access the fence along the front pasture to repair it as well.
Then there is tending to the older animals. Winter is really hard on them. I have been trying hard to pamper them with limited success as you have seen by the recent deaths. but this Welsummer rooster I managed to pull from the brink with TLC. he is looking good now.
There there is cutting back the blackberries (which I did), cleaning the bar rain water containers (which Tom did), putting Christmas decorations away (which I did) and supporting fermenting and bottling (which we are both doing). Every fall I think I will have plenty of time in the winter for projects like quilting, weaving, spinning, etc. But it never seems to happen. So every winter I get disappointed. But it is really nice to get these other projects done.