No sooner had I posted about the chang­ing sea­sons in my back­yard when we finally had the first snow of the season.

My feel­ing is that if it’s going to be unbear­ably cold, it might as well snow. So I was thrilled to finally have a snow day. Even at the age of *hum­mmm*, I can still enjoy an unsched­uled snow day.

Not every­one here was happy though.

The chick­ens were quite put out and protested by spend­ing the day indoors near their panel heaters. Once in a while one of the chick­ens would mosey up to their exit win­dow to poke his or her head out before try­ing to get back in. Of course, chick­ens being chick­ens, all the other chick­ens had fol­lowed the leader up the ramp to also go and look out the win­dow. All day long there were a series of col­li­sions with one chicken try­ing des­per­ately to get back into the the warm chicken coop and all the other chick­ens try­ing to see what was so inter­est­ing outside.

Snow always man­ages to stoke my cook­ing instincts as well. I get the urge to bake breads, make cakes and bake cook­ies. I used the threat of the pos­si­ble loss of power to roast a chicken and make bis­cuits early in the day. Then I made more bread–just in case we needed sand­wiches, you see.


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12 Responses to “Bumblebee Garden in snow…and an announcement about food”

  1. stargardener Says:

    I so enjoy the pho­tos and the inspir­ing gourmet sim­plic­ity of your blog!

    Happy Snow Day! Nice addi­tion to the ‘chang­ing sea­sons’ series …

  2. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    Good luck with the new writ­ing gig! On snow days, all my energy goes into shov­el­ing, but on cold days I find myself want­ing to bake. (Believe me, this is not the usual thing.) Your gar­den looks beau­ti­ful under its blan­ket of snow, which I’m sure makes a nice change for you.

  3. Frances Says:

    Hi Robin, con­grats on the new path for your tal­ents. That sounds like a good sub­ject for some­one who likes food, grow­ing it, cook­ing it and eat­ing it! I loved the photo used in Gar­den Rant of your gar­den for the White House farmer post by Susan.

  4. Diana Says:

    What a beau­ti­ful land­scape under the snow. And I am laugh­ing at the thought of your chick­ens bump­ing into one another all day. They just aren’t all that bright, are they? (Not yours, specif­i­cally, just chick­ens in gen­eral) Have fun with your new free­lance job — the only thing bet­ter than cook­ing food, well, cook­ing and eat­ing, well, cook­ing and eatin and grow­ing it — is writ­ing about it to entice oth­ers! Good luck.

  5. Christy B Says:

    Won­der­ful pic­tures! And your descrip­tion of your chick­ens was hilarious.

    Look for­ward to see­ing the menus and recipes!

  6. Gail Says:

    Robin that is excel­lent news…and I agree with you, if we are going to have mis­er­ably cold weather then we need the snow. Now where did Mother Nature put ours?


  7. RuthieJ Says:

    Your snow looks very pretty Robin.

  8. Layanee Says:

    Robin you inspire with all your dif­fer­ent and var­ied tal­ents and tasks. I love the chicken lore and will enjoy your food blog!

  9. Tina Says:

    what a change from the spring time photo to now..brrr.

  10. Niki Says:

    I’m enjoy­ing your blog very much. It’s so fun to find oth­ers out there that are doing the same as me!
    Thanks for the great posts.

  11. Stephanie Says:

    Your descrip­tion of the chick­ens brought about a smile and a chuckle. Very cool imagery.

    Look­ing for­ward to your recipes!

  12. Gregory Says:

    I love your writ­ing style. The arti­cles are com­pelling and fresh and the pic­tures are just fab­u­lous! Look for­wards to read­ing more sim­i­lar articles!!

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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