Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Doldrums

This is the time of year we refer to as "The Doldrums". The Holidays are over and so are the breeding groups. Lambing isn't until April. And on top of it all, it's too cold outside to really get interested in anything. Seed catalogs come regularly in the mail, but it's even too early to start seeds for our very short growing season.
This is the time of year I really appreciate either a trip to Las Vegas with all it's bright lights and colors, or the fact that some of the orchids I have begin to bloom.
The first picture is of an orchid my DH gave me. It's a "Bellara Tahoma Glacier 'Green'" and does have a bit of a scent. This one always blooms at this time of year, along with a dendrobium that my late father gave me (but I couldn't get a good picture of it today). I also have a sunset-colored phalanopsis getting ready to bloom - it's sent up four, yes, four, flower stalks and should be breath-taking when it does bloom.
What is almost overwhelming right now are the citrus trees I have indoors. My Calamondin Orange is just loaded with fragrant blossoms as well as green fruits of all sizes. When you walk in the front door all you smell are orange blossoms. It's very up-lifting for both soul and spirit on these cold days when all I can think about is being outside in the garden or with the sheep.

I have just realized that all of my morning chores are done...the sheep are fed and out, laundry is going, my DH has eaten breakfast and is, as I write this, outside on the garden tractor with the snowblower attachment. He's even clearing paths to the barn and from the barn to the compost pile (Is this a hint? Do I need to clean the barn again?). I actually have some time to spin today. My only problem is deciding which wonderful fiber to work with.

So many choices. Oh, bother! :)


Tina T-P said...

Oh, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

I've cleaned the cat box (finally, they say) and now all I have to look forward to is doing laundry. But! there is no snow on the ground (for now anyhow - it's about 36 degrees out, and that sure looks like a snow sky to me

Have a great day - Orange blossoms too, I am so jealous!

Cheers! Tina

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Your photos wouldn't load for me, but the description of the citrus was enough to bring pleasure. :-)

We got into the house after 10:00; when I asked DH what his agenda was, he said, "I thought I'd work on the sheep pen." What a guy! But first we had to go to town for breakfast, supplies and groceries, then on an emergency call, then home to finally work. Great progress, though!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

THIS time I got to see the photos! Pretty!

Leigh said...

Oh, you have orchids! Lovely!

I also enjoyed the pix of your handspun skeins and shawl. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with a yarn collection.