The new year began wet, gray and dreary in my neck of the woods. It has now given way to brutal cold, wind and snow. I am actually glad we have a bit of snow cover to protect the plants during this windy cold spell, however. The seed catalogues have arrived, and plant lust has begun. I have lots of projects lined up for the coming year. In the meantime, there are other things to do. Now that deer hunting season is over, I’ve been back out walking in the woods. Our beaver neighbors were very busy during the last month. For readers who live nearby, this is on the trail behind Williams Barn.