The past week has been awash in lilacs, lily-of-the-valley, chicks and ducklings, driving to and fro the old house (readying it for showings), knitting knitting knitting for a birthday that’s almost here, and the girls – riding bikes and building fairy houses, alternately, obsessively.
One day I turned to find Lily, who trails her older sisters religiously, had finally crashed on the couch, blissfully asleep (and still covered in tomatoe soup). The warm weather is good; the scent of the flowers that is everywhere – the best! Irreplaceable moments.
Mother’s Day, and the past few days in general, have been so sweet. My family treated me royally on Mother’s Day; I tried to get a couple good pics of the adorable apron they got me (from Sassy Apron). I love it!
For Mothers Day, we worked in the garden and with the sheep for most of the day before heading to OSV for a couple hours. Then my sister and her boyfriend came over for an awesome improvised dinner, wine, and some amazing conversation that lasted into the wee hours. I was so tired the next day, but it was worth it.
It’s been so cold the past few nights that I’ve been knitting by the fire. It’s so lovely to do that. But in sad news, our poor Beau-doggie is so so sick with Lyme disease. I feel so badly for him. Buy we’ve been pampering him royally in his recuperation time, hand-feeding him (medicine wrapped) bacon, carrying him up and down stairs, and building roaring fires just for him to lay beside on the hearth. Lymes is so terrible.
This week we worked on the garden and transitioning the chicks outside (they are temporarily in the small garden because of a fisher cat that got one when they were out by the barn). The crab apple tree burst into a dark pink, heavenly scented bloom, it is absolutely a floral drunken heaven of the senses out there! And the golden delicious apple tree, which was grafted to the crab apple, has bloomed into a light pinky beauty itself.
The pear trees blossomed into sweet white flowers this week as well. The bees and all manner of pollen insects are in love with the whole world right now. As am I…
Our kittens are growing bigger and bigger. The kids continue the efforts to make them more friendly (their mother is practically feral).
This is such a wonderful time of year! So much color bursting from every corner, such a pleasure after the long cold winter. Every day I wake up in this new place, our home, and I am just delighted to be alive in this place, in this time.
5 little ducklings joined the farm the other day, to help clean and maintain the pond. So adorable at this stage!
It’s been a busy, productive weekend. Family came to see the new place; we have the sheep positioned in a huge pasture, clearing and mowing away. Most of the small garden is cleaned up, and most of the planting for the family garden is done. Now we must focus on the vegetables we want to bring to the fall/winter farmers markets. Such a lot to do! But it is very rewarding to fall into bed at night, tired and spent from a good days hard work outside.
The bees came home today. This is our fourth year keeping bees. Every time it’s something different, and we end up losing them within a year. It was mites that did them in this past winter. But each Spring, we try again. Maybe this will be the batch and year where the bees will be a success!
Today was so productive, we spent the afternoon planting as a family. We are a bit behind with our seed starts, but I think the greenhouse will help speed growth up a little bit. We worked to clean up the smaller garden plot, too. I will finish that up tomorrow.
This evening we are all relaxed and sleepily tired from a full day. Now to some knitting with feet up…