A Good Year

Snow ushered in 2011. For awhile it was hard to imagine that we’d ever see the ground, let alone green.

But seasons change.

Having animals in my backyard is a constant here, but the cast of characters also changes. This past year we experienced losses of some beloved chickens,

and added a dozen new girls to the mix.

Some animals just keep on going. Candy is now an elderly bunny, but she still reigns supremely and serenely over all.

Not everyone has her demeanor.

Not a day goes by that I’m not filled with gratitude for my animals. I’m also grateful for having your company. It really is more fun to share.

I wish you all the best in 2012. Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see what it will bring.


  1. Happy New Year to you and your “girls’ and “guys” too! You are showing up everywhere it seems. Just read the article in Chickens magazine where you are featured. Congratulations and thanks for keeping us posted, camed, and informed.

  2. I love seeing pictures of your goats being so silly! I just love your boys!!

  3. I want to thank you for all you do. Your blog is so imformative and entertaining. Then the cam is just down right fun. I hope your New Year is healthier and better than this one passing. I look forward to what your future brings. Again thank you

  4. Happy New Year, Terry! Wishing you all the best in the new year. I love your pictures of the goats, rabbit, dogs, fish, you occasionally and chickens. My 5 hens are finally laying again after a six week broody/molt break.
    I have a video on you tube, organic chickens.

  5. Happy New Year Terry & family. I’m thankful that I found your blog this year, it made my year more interesting and enjoyable. Thank you to you and your animals, I especially love Candy!

  6. Happy New Year to all; human, feathered, furred, scaled and such. We’ve enjoyed your company and look forward to the new year and the memories and adventures it will bring us.

  7. A very happy New Year to all! I sure do enjoy my “Tilly Time”.

  8. Hello Terry, got your Farmstead Egg Cookbook for Christmas and am eager to try those beet stained eggs! The year past was a blur, but the new one has started out with renewed energy and the joy of watching my chickens explore the outdoors this winter with all the mud and drizzle, and the surprises hidden in a hibernating veggie garden! I know I am grateful for my renewed health and the science and people who helped me get well. Hope the New Year sparkles and shines for all creatures, and may spring bring happiness and contentment.

    • The pickled beets and eggs recipe is my editor’s favorite. I am SO glad to hear that you survived such a challenging year. Spring will be especially glorious for you in 2012.

  9. Happy New Year to All!

    Thank you Terry for sharing your world!

  10. Happy New Year to you Terry, all your mixed flock and followers.
    I am looking forward with excitement to this year as I will be getting my chickens in March. I had chicken related Christmas gifts this year including a lovely chicken book from my husband and he wrote in the front “here’s to the year of the chickens”.
    With all the information I have absorbed from your blog, I now feel ready. Thank you so much for all your tip’s and advice and sharing.

  11. Happy New Year Terry, The best gift of last year was finding the Hencam.It has caused many hours of enjoyment and laughter!! Just love those boys…They make me seriously consider some boys of my own :)Here in Otsego Michigan we are starting the New Year with a very windy and snowy day… But we are Blessed…Now I’m off to take the Christmas tree down! Enjoy your day!

  12. Love the picture of Pip & Caper, but then, I am a Pip groupie. Happy New Year to all.

  13. Happy New Year!! I feel the stress flow out of my body when I am with my animal family. It doesn’t matter whether I am cleaning out the coop or sitting and watching the antics…it’s stress relief at its best!
    Thank you for sharing your beloved animal family with us.

  14. Happy New Year to you too! I’m so glad you are here to share it wih all of us. Many a dull cubicle day is brightened by the antics of ur critters!

    • I think of you in that cubicle, shut off from beautiful Newfoundland (a place I would love to visit.) So glad my animals can keep you company.

  15. Terry, I’m just now catching up on reading the blogs I enjoy from the past week or so. And I just have to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading yours. It kind of feels like I’ve found a new friend by discovering your blog this year. I’m a new blogger myself, and have garnered inspiration from following yours. I hope to have chickens of my very own this coming year as we will be moving to our dream piece of property very soon. Thanks for all that you share and keep up the good work! A very Happy New Year to you. http://wannabepioneerwoman.blogspot.com/

    • Congratulations on getting some acreage. I do all of what I do on a tight acre; you’ll have a lot more room to have a lot more animals!