I love Christmas. The tree, the lights, cookies, and a little sanctioned over-indulgence. A dose of egg nog with a kick always makes it feel festive too. This year gift giving was practical and especially farm oriented. The thing is, I would never treat myself to some of this stuff and neither would L.
Mine are full of holes and are the old school vulcanized rubber kind that leave you wet on the inside when you work hard. This year I found a set of industrial hi-vis breathable rain gear under the tree. I’ve never been so happy.
L got a colinear hoe, Santa did a great wrapping job and no one had a clue what it was. Elliot Coleman designed this and he is one of our heroes.
Reading and Research:
Most books we check out from the public library but occasionally we run into one worth adding to our own shelves. One is helpful for growing grains for us and the animals. The Farming the Woods book I reviewed earlier and found it chock full of ideas for our woods and food production. The Market Gardener covers details in cropping, marketing etc, and a subscription to Acres USA has been on our wish list for a while. Cookbooks make the farm list because of value added concepts.
My feet are always wet. Between the bus commute to work, daily running, and weekends working in the rain my feet are near permanently pruney. When I opened a package containing boot driers that work on household voltage and 12v I let out a resounding hoot!
Gloves and Warmth:
Hats, gloves, and glove liners were a hit here. L found a pair of Mud Gloves in her stocking. They are her new favorite.
We’ve begun laying out our layer paddocks and to help know which one we are talking about we discovered these under the tree. Santa’s local elf might need to make another as the calculations for flock rotation suggest a fourth paddock might be needed.
This might be a new tradition, bags of buckwheat, vetch, perennial clover and fava beans have been showing up in presents. They serve more as a reminder to get the big bags and plan for cover cropping and soil building.
Whisks, tongs, and baguette stones made an appearance this year. L would like to add fresh baked bread to our CSA boxes (when we have a CSA). She’s already had good luck baking loaves for my co-workers in the past and is now making fantastic whole grain loaves. She also received a little jar of rose hip jam to sample. We have native rose hips all over the farm and I was hoping that if she liked it … Jam is great with bread!
My daughter gave a gift of giving this year and both L and I received gift certificates to help others with their farming projects. You can find out more at http://www.kiva.org . Pretty darn thoughtful.
It is funny how we change and the delight we can get from practical and thoughtful gifts.