cattails on our pond
As the wife was grouting the tile in the master bath today I thought I would take time out to walk around the farm just to get out of the house while the weather was still in the 40’s.
Come along and I will show you what I found.
Our apple trees after I trimmed them.
I should say that I wasn’t just taking the day off, I did have some excuse to be out there. I had been neglecting our apples trees and had not done any trimming of them since we planted them in 2011. I also had to cut two of them down that I planted in 2013. I bought those two when they were at a big discount at one of the big box stores. I didn’t know at the time but they were infected with apple scab. They were so heavily infected that they hadn’t grown much in the last 3 years and they were starting to infect the 3 trees I had planted earlier. I will have to treat the 3 remaining trees with a fungicidal spray this coming spring and throughout the summer.
Beaver den to the left up against the hill and his pantry of sticks on the right.
Remember the beavers I reported last winter we had on our pond. Well it didn’t end too well for them. They went across the fence to our neighbors and started cutting trees down onto the fence that separates our land. This was allowing the neighbors cows to escape onto our land. It didn’t bother us but the neighbor asked if he could get someone to trap the beaver. With us wanting to be good neighbors we said it was okay even though we felt bad for the beavers and loved to watch them on our pond. Some pictures below of beaver activity.
This was one of the trails the beavers were using to go from our pond to the neighbors.
In this picture you can see a few of the trees the beaver cut down.
More beaver damage that my neighbor cleaned up and tried to burn.
The trapper ended up getting seven beavers on our pond. After the last beaver was trapped, it was less than a day before we noticed some river Otters had taken over the beaver dens and were happily eating the fish we stocked this past spring. We were not too happy about these new developments but what are you going to do? They were sure cute and we liked watching them too.
I found a dead Otter along our pond.
While walking around I did find a dead otter by our pond. I don’t know how it died but did find it interesting. It was a family of 5 otters that we saw on the farm so hopefully the rest are still there.
While I was down there I spotted some tracks of a big Bob Cat.
Bob Cat track
The tracks lead to the remains of a calf. He had stripped the hide down and all that remained was hide and bones.
The dead calf he was eating on was very small and couldn’t be that old. I don’t know if he had killed the calf or if it died during child birth or what.
The Ice on our pond was just over 3 inches thick and made it easy to walk on.
I always love going for walks to view this beautiful land and I always feel so blessed to be the caretaker of it the short time we will be the owners.
I look back at our home and think last year at this time it wasn’t there. We have sure come a long way.
The creek that runs along our north border.
Well I hope you enjoyed walking along with me on our farm. We are still waiting for our counter tops and cook stove to be delivered and will show them once they are installed. We hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays and till next time, goodbye.