....almost every day our three year old daughter asks me: "daddy, when is the snow coming?" While my family back home in the Swiss Alps is drowning in the snow, southeastern PA just got a couple of light dustings....as one of my friends put it: my girls are getting a concussion from making snow angels. These southeastern PA winters are a tough pill to swallow for an expat from the Swiss Alps!!! Anyway, snow or no snow, spring is coming and life on the farm is starting to get busy again as we prepare for the annual shearing and lambing. The honey bees are out and flying on days around 50F and witch hazel, croci, snow drops are providing the first pollen for their colonies as they get busy with brood rearing. I used the opportunity to check the colonies a few weeks ago during the warm-up we had here, and I happily observed most hives were well and strong. The milk ewes are doing well and starting to show some udder development. A few lambs have already been born, thus the 2009 lambing season is officially underway. Pretty soon, onion grass will come up and there is no holding back of ewes and lambs yearning to get the first blades of grass. Hope to see you all at the sheep shearing March 14th, 2009.