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.