It’s February 2, 2017 or Groundhog Day. In the Adirondacks if you have half your firewood pile left on Groundhog Day you’re going to make it through the winter. Do you know how hard it is to have half your firewood left on February 2 when you’ve been burning it since October?
Luckily it’s been a fairly mild winter and we’re in good shape this year.
Groundhogs, or woodchucks as they’re known here, are fairly rare in the deep woods. But one year we had a handsome fellow set up housekeeping in our yard. He stayed all summer, and then disappeared in the fall. He especially loved eating the tender clover that grows in our lawn. We don’t use any pesticides or herbicides, and the deer, snowshoe hares and voles are welcome to eat as much as they want..
Before he left I made a carving of him and wanted to share it with you. Have a Happy Groundhog Day!