Every year, pre Thanksgiving, we don our orange clad apparel and head in the woods to collect tips, twigs, moss, and cones.  Why orange? While it may be obvious to some, others may be perplexed.   We wear orange because it is hunting season.  Hunters are always on the lookout for Blaze Orange garments as the color contrasts greatly from the largely leafless snowy surroundings in the forest. Though our family has never been a hunting family, and our farm is posted for “no hunting”, it is better to play it safe.

The orange also makes it easier for Jon and I to spot one another from a distance as we can sometimes wander quite some distance into the woods gathering fir tips.

We hope you are starting to feel more connected to our wreaths and and our farm through our pictures!  Let us know if you have any questions and we would be happy to answer them.

 

Jon and Tristan in the trees

Jon and Tristan in the trees

Tristan with loppers

Tristan with loppers

Collecting pine bows in our field.

Collecting pine bows in our field. The pine tree on the left has been growing since we were kids.  Many years ago, our father was mowing the field, as he does every summer, and noticed this white pine had taken root.  He couldn’t bring himself to mow it.  It has been thriving, growing alone in the field ever since.

Snow covered rows

Snow covered rows

Moose tracks in the snow

Moose tracks in the snow

A lot of orange

A lot of orange

Collecting tamarack bows

Collecting tamarack bows

Tamarack on red osier dogwood on white birch

Tamarack on red osier dogwood on white birch

A lot of red osier dogwood

A lot of red osier dogwood

Jon clipping tamarack

Jon clipping tamarack

Red osier dogwood

Red osier dogwood

Chest deep in dogwood

Chest deep in dogwood

Moose love eating the tips of the dogwood.  We had to search for dogwood that was uneaten.  These tips have been chomped by moose.

Moose love eating the tips of the dogwood. We had to search for dogwood that was uneaten. These tips have been chomped by moose.

Lots of red

Lots of red

Orange vs Red

Orange vs Red

Jon clipping red osier dogwood

Jon clipping red osier dogwood

Potato field with snow in the furrows

Potato field with snow in the furrows

Penny posing post play partly parlaying palpable petulance

Penny posing post play partly parlaying palpable petulance

Jon clipping red osier dogwood

Jon clipping red osier dogwood

Tips

Tips

A view from below

A view from below

We need a ladder

We need a ladder

Penny sporting her vest

Penny sporting her vest

Katherine sporting her vest

Katherine sporting her vest

Tristan sporting a goofy grin

Tristan sporting a goofy grin

Snowy field

Snowy field