Comfort and Joy

For the last few months, I’ve been at my computer, writing. I’m going to take the week between Christmas and New Years to step away from the screen and spend time with family. No FaceBook. No blog posts. Limited email. I’ve taken books out of the library and I’m eager to read other people’s writing. My sons are off from school. No doubt there will be some cut throat games of Monopoly played this week.

We can’t see into the future.

But my hope is that the new year brings all of you comfort

and joy.

Have a wonderful week!


  1. Your page is the first one I look at everyday as I check on my beloved Buffy. I love that little hen. The world would be a much better place if all of us patterned our behavior after that nice little hen. She is my favofite.

  2. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year too! Glad you’ll be enjoying some precious family time.

  3. Terry, thank you for the wonderful year of sharing your chicken-keeping life and the goings on at Little Pond Farm! Have a great week off and enjoy the company of your husband and sons! I can’t believe it will be 2013!

  4. Thanks for all the great memories this past year. Iam so glad I came to know Little Pond Farm, and all my new farmyard friends. Your sharing of them is a great Christmas gift to us all!

  5. You too, Terry. Have a good Holiday with your sons and husband, and animals. Buffy is one of favorite hens too, and I am glad she keeps a ticking. Though I will miss Tina, I look forward to next year spring’s antics with your broody middle aged Buff Orphington’s and Pearl to see who will end being the foster mother of the new chicks, or you will have no broody hens when you need one again.

  6. Me too on the ‘first thing I check out each morning’ comment. I appreciate all your posts, from the funny to the philosophical to the practical. Take that time off and enjoy the quiet and darkness of deep winter. My favorite time of year is Winter Solstice to Imbolc (Feb 1). Time for deep fun — time with a pen and journal, candles, tea, and family. Animals going at a different pace. Sun low in the sky, long nights for dreaming, reading or playing monopoly.
    Comfort and joy!

  7. Happy Holidays to you and your family Terry…….I wish you the best this oncoming 2013 season. Enjoy your site so much. Love all your animals and their antics….! I have three Siamese cats and they give us lots of entertainment! The mischief they get into is just amazing.


  8. Since finding this website there have been many mornings before rushing off to work, that i just had to have a glimpse of the hens! On the weekends I often would catch up on any blogs I might have missed. I am so grateful for Hencam. Hencam has allowed me to visit Little Pond Farm where all of you are and connect a little. How wonderful and magical is that!
    To youTerry and to all the members of Little Pond Farm I wish a peaceful and happy New Year.

  9. What cute pictures of the goats and chicken and Scooter! I never realized goats have rectangular shaped pupils.
    This is the most warm and personable site I have found on the net. It is a joy to read your posts and watch the animals everyday on the cameras.
    May God bless you and your family this next week and
    The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee Shalom, Shalom. Best hope for a happy and prosperous New Year for us all.

  10. Thank you for another year of help and support with hen keeping and for providing the laughs and fun of seeing you and your critters go through the year, its like having a virtual friend! Much joy and happiness to you and your family for 2013, big hugs to Lily, Scooter, Candy and old Buffy and a goaty tickle to the hairy boys!

  11. Are you one of those Monopoly families that isn’t allowed to go to bed until all of your properties have been mortgaged? Testing times ahead for you if so! Have a good rest, I plan to dig in with a bottle of very good red wine and watch all the films I have stacked up on the Sky plus thingie. My girls are ankle deep in mud, Dora has myco but there is Tylan in the fridge, and a shiny new year is a mere week or so away. Hope it’s a corker for all of us!

  12. I too frequently go to the hencam to see how the ladies are doing. It would be interesting for people to post what part of the world they are watching from. I am looking from the central coast area of california

  13. Health and Happiness to you and your family! BTW, I <3 Scooter's nose.

  14. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, Terry, to your and your family. I’ll still be tuning in to see the cuties during this festive season. Many blessings to you as well.

  15. Terry, Thank you for all that you do! Your site is informative, humorous and delightful. I hope that you enjoy your week with your family!

  16. My best wishes to you Terry and all the readers. I don’t join in the Monopoly. It makes me ANGRY! ;)

    But, I will be making soup and cookies while they play.

  17. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, your family, and your beloved creatures. When I turned on HenCam this morning, Candy was sniffing around with no chickens in sight! So entertaining! Thanks for all the pleasure HenCam gives me almost every morning (some days I don’t get to it, but they’re becoming rarer). Read a clue about Monopoly in a book (“Rules for My Unborn Son” by Walker Lamond) I just bought for my oldest grandson–BUY THE ORANGE PROPERTIES.

  18. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! May everyone have a blessed New Year :)

  19. Best wishes to you and your loved ones for happiness, joy, and peace during this holiday season, and during 2013, as well. You share so much, and bring cheer to so many. May you be blessed with the same measure of comfort and inspiration you bring to others!

  20. Enjoy the week with your family. Glad to hear there are still people who play board games! Happy New Year to you and the extended family.

  21. Hope everyone at Little Pond farm has had a lovely christmas and I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Looking forward to following all your exploits and learning even more about keeping chooks during the coming year.
    I see you have a light covering of snow again; here in UK we are experiencing really heavy rainfall and much of the country has been hit with floods. Its been like this for most of 2012 and many people are flooded out for the second and third time this year.
    Kind regards to all my fellow followers of this wonderful website, wishing you all a Happy Healthy 2013

  22. Enjoy your break, and very wonderful photos :) I can see you’re getting snow on your chicken cam!

  23. Thank you for sharing your year. Happy Holiday from a very wet North Devon.

  24. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences at Little Pond Farm, informing, entertaining and inspiring us. The hencam is… well, it’s just addictive! Have a wonderful week off with your family. I’ll be awaiting your return in 2013.

    What a lovely message you posted here, and the photos you chose to accompany them are nothing short of perfect!

  25. Oh no, I’m having withdrawal symptoms! But loved seeing the winter wonderland in your backyard this morning. Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year.

  26. Oh my ! Looks like you have had a couple of feet of snow. All the chooks look cosy and the y seem to be enjoying the squash. Tried mine on the pumpkin after seeing yours tucking in so next shop will get a butternut for them. It’s so good to get ideas from you, thanks so much and HAPPY NEW YEAR.