Spring on the Farm

Spring is a busy time on a farm….it’s hard to find time to write and accomplish all that needs to be done.  So I thought I’d share a few things I’ve been up to since I last wrote….

#1  You may recall from my blog on Puzzle Pieces that I lost 5 chickens one afternoon.  At that time I really thought ‘wild animals’ had stolen/eaten them.  All I found was 5 piles of feathers.  However, I later discovered that the culprit was my beloved dog Maggie.  Does she look like a dog that would be a ‘chicken killer’?

 Anyway, I bought some replacements this past weekend.  Now, I didn’t intend on getting this many baby chicks (I have 18 so don’t bother to count).

I had first gotten 8 (4 Rhode Island Reds and 4 Brown Leghorns).  Then a friend called and had gotten a deal on 25 Americanas.  They are my favorite because they lay green colored eggs so I got 10 of them.  I have found that most people never knew there really was such a thing as ‘green eggs and ham’.  🙂

#2  Mowing the lawn on the new John Deere zero turn mower has proven to be an enjoyable activity.  I find it quite relaxing and even fun which may be a foreign thought to some of you.  It takes about 4 hours of non stop riding to fully mow this place!

#3 When you live in a house built around 1850, there are always multiple projects going on at any given time.  Restoration is the key word!  This weekend, the project was a buried brick sidewalk covered with monkey grass and roots.  It’s still a work in progress, but after hours with a pressure washer, it’s finally uncovered!

#4  Easter is Sunday and my friend, “the Horticulturist”, tells me that means it’s time to plant the garden.  We share the garden so yesterday, in advance of anticipated rain, I tilled the garden.  (I till, she plants, God grows, and we both harvest!)

I have also begun a small ‘herb garden’ with some of the herbs I use the most….oregano, thyme, basil, cilantro, stevia, and lavender (because it smells good)!  This is my first attempt with herbs so I can’t wait to see how it turns out….

#5  Now you must always make time for a little fun.  So we also ‘kayaked’ down the river to fish.  This is a beautiful place on the Alabama River called “White’s Bluff”.

And this is a little of what was caught!  Aren’t catfish the ugliest creatures ever???

Spring is such a wonderful time of the year!  I’ll leave you with a few glimpses of springtime beauty from this hilltop.

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