I haven’t posted anything on my blog since last fall. It’s not because I can’t think of anything to write. A lot has been going on here at my small farm. Fences have been built, I started a new shed for the sheep (until I hurt my arm), garlic has been harvested and more planted. A new garden is in the works for rhubarb (30 root stocks in the ground) and currants. Corn, potatoes, onions, kale, and winter squash were harvested and are now being eaten this winter. My chicks are full grown. And now we are in the midst of a very cold winter.
I’ve been doing a lot of writing, too, just not on my blog. Since early October until early December I’ve been writing a very time and energy-consuming report on two wetlands: one natural and very much intact fen, the other a fen that has been extremely altered from its natural state. I spent several hours a day working calculations over and over to be sure they were right, analyzing those calculations, doing literature searches, drafting the report, and re-checking my field notes to be sure I left nothing out and didn’t say anything I had not also observed and recorded. After researching and writing from dawn until late at night I just didn’t have the energy to write about much else. This project consumed almost every waking hour for ten weeks. Even after I finished the report I continued to do more literature searches. Just in case because this is a controversial situation that has been fermenting for at least four years.
Now the report is finished complete with maps, executive summary, results, discussion, analysis, conclusion, and pages and pages of data tables. It has been submitted and the client who wanted it has said nothing since receiving it. Nothing for almost four weeks. I think this is a situation where the data and the interpretation of the data were contrary to expectations.
The flower at the top of the page is fringed gentian (Gentianopsis procera), one of the plants that grows in the natural wetland. Fringed gentian and many of the other species in the natural wetland have very specific requirements for hydrology and for soil and water chemistry. Finding these plants in the natural fen are indicators of a very stable ecosystem. And that can be a problem I guess when ideology trumps facts.