While I hear a lot of complaining about the winter weather, I must admit I enjoy the break it forces us to take. Outside work is on hold and inside, you can only do so much. Everyday I take a long walk with my dogs and end that with a cat nap in my easy chair. I wake up each morning and actually look forward to the new day.
I have half my breeders mated and young birds have hatched. These are for the one loft races I enter. The rest I will mate up in March and these youngsters will be my flying team for the club and combine schedule. The later birds are mostly new stock brought in with the hope of finding another top breeder.
Entries to the one loft are starting to climb and I thank you all for signing up. Good luck with your breeding program and we'll see you come April 1st. I'll lay out the spring pickup schedule the first of March.
Stay warm, Rick
I wish the very best to all of you for 2022. I hope the roller coaster rides we've had the last few years will soon come to an end and that we'll be able to enjoy a somewhat normal life. Thanks to those who have signed on for this year. Rick
That a rest and a change is a great way to restore the vigor in life is absolutely true. Moving and taking a break from the birds was the best move Linda and I could have made. Several years of moving and rebuilding lofts took its toll and by the end of this last season, I was knackered. These last two months, even though we still had bookwork to clean up, have been a blessing. For the first time in quite the while, I am looking forward to spring and raising youngsters of my own. With the Salem loft ready, the anxiety level is way down. Great for the heart.
Thanks to those who have signed up. I've received lots of questions regarding the changes and almost all are for them. With Christmas and New Year just around the corner Linda and I wish you all the best for the season.
We have moved, for the winter, to Grand Manan Island, lying in the Bay of Fundy of the coast of New Brunswick and Maine. It is all that I hoped it would. Quiet life style yet a busy place with a very active lobster fishing industry. Plus, the scenery is fantastic. Every which way I go, I see the ocean plus the winters here are mild.
There are downside's to island living. A month to get internet, storms that stop the ferry and a somewhat slower post office, no bars, no restaurants that are open in the winter and shopping that covers the essentials but not much else. Great place to save money.
All our cheques have been mailed out plus all the result/payout sheets to all participants who were not fortunate to claim a prize. Our website has been updated and now you can sign up when ever you have time.
We will be back in Ontario the middle of March to prepare the loft for the 2022 season. Hope to see you all again in April and May.
Keep safe, keep warm.