spring-ing

Spring is creeping it’s merry little self closer and closer. I can hardly believe the time has come, especially after the winter that we’ve had. But there’s no denying that we are on the threshold of spring, even if the night-time temperatures are still dipping below the freezing point. All over the farm we are seeing and hearing and smelling the change of the season. The chickens are laying, wild birds are beginning to nest, the wood cocks can be heard performing their mating ritual, and turkeys are finding their gobbles. Frogs are singing, toads are re-appearing in the evenings to hunt, and a subtle green hue is visible in the yard. My shoulders are sore from shoveling compost. My cheeks have the slight tingling sensation of being sun-kissed.  My mind is filling with lists and thoughts of tending baby plants. So much goodness is happening all around. There’s no denying that spring is a special, magical time. Here’s a glimpse into the past few busy, fun-filled and very spring-like days…IMG_6164… wading and playing in the stream, what fun!IMG_6173… Preparing the big tractor for the busy season ahead.IMG_6178… The first, and still very tiny, bamboo shoot.IMG_6184… Ira soaking up the sunshine with his most favorite critters!IMG_6186… Shorts, tank top, and bare feet. Ahhhhh, life’s pretty good.IMG_6189… Welcome fairies! Opal has your table all set and is waiting patiently for you to pay her fairy house a visit!IMG_6191… She’s always had a thing for snails.IMG_6202… Ira preparing his chick order. All winter he’s been thumbing through the catalogs, trying to make up his mind what varieties to order! Not long and the greenhouse will be filled with little peeps!IMG_6205… A happy sight. The hens are back at work!IMG_6207… Breakfast, anyone?IMG_6220… Big mama on the big tractor, rolling right along!IMG_6225… Seeds in the ground!!! Hooray!IMG_6228… And the beginnings of life in the greenhouse.

Yep, we’re spring-ing into spring around these parts!

4 thoughts on “spring-ing

  1. Lots of good stuff going on. Your daughter is much braver than me – at that age or now – no snails on my face please! Bamboo? What are your reasons for planting that? Around here in the suburbs, some people use it as a property divider to block the view because it grows so thick and tall, but you don’t have any nosy neighbors. 🙂

    • We planted the bamboo for various reasons… first of all, we selected a land-locked site (like an island) for planting so that spreading would be isolated to where we wanted it to be. Bamboo is green year-round, and living in a deciduous forest, some green in the throes of winter is a welcome sight. Also, we are wanting to create a kids playland within the grove (it truly is magical within a big patch), it is a useful building material for garden trellises (all sorts of other things, too, but we are not harvesting any yet), and once our patch is as big as we want it to be, we will harvest the shoots for food.

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