Friday, February 16, 2018

Inklings of Spring

Look what appeared this morning!
I have a handful in the yard. Hopefully I'll remember to cut them and take them to church on Sunday. Fresh flowers in the sanctuary are so welcoming in February.
Our outdoors look like this right now:
See how green that field is across the road? And today's high temperature is supposed to be 80. 80!  I can hardly believe it.
I've started some herbs in trays on the front porch/greenhouse: dill, parsley, basil, thyme, stevia, and sage.
My plants that overwintered on the porch have survived. On the left are some mint plants, plagued by bugs. I'll wash them off today. On the right is a mass of tomato plants, bless them.

Left: forsythia. Right: Japanese magnolia

Everything is eager to burst forth!
That includes Adam. He burst forth into the garden yesterday and started digging. He moved the tomato trellis from this bed and turned it over/cleared it out. Then I planted spinach, kale, and lettuce into it. This morning we also have our first asparagus spear up. So exciting!

The window above is the kitchen window. It used to be longer, a standard window. A massive bush obscured the view, so Adam chopped it way back, as you see.
Below is our fig tree, which has been reduced in height over the past 3 years. Now we'll be able to reach all the fruit! The blooming daffodils appeared beneath it this morning.
I decided to let my young flock of chickens out to free range in the yard yesterday. I'd never allowed them to do that before. I supervised them. I'm worried they will flutter into the dog yard or wander into the road.

They were happy to hunt and peck. You'd think they'd want the greenery, but I'm convinced they spend all their time pecking for bugs, little carnivores.
In the photo above, you see the 3 chicks born a month ago. The one on the left is a little cross-beak. Her beak doesn't close properly, and she has difficulty eating and drinking. I don't want to hand-raise a chicken in the house, but I'm trying to help her out. She's smaller and always hungry. I give her some of our mashed sweet potatoes each morning, which she can eat more easily.
And I got a special waterer for her. Hopefully that will help. She may never lay, but she may survive and have a happy chicken life.
Well, the pasture will soon be covered with blooming clover and buttercups. I found the first one:
Some of you are still facing ice and snow and all that entails. I hope this gives you come cheer! 
When our daffodils are gone and our mosquitoes have arrived, you can then share your daffodils with me, and reciprocate the cheerfulness :) If you want to read about our kitchen remodeling, click over to my other blog. There's a link above on the right, on the picture with the sailboats on the river.
That's it from the farm!


  1. Love these precious reminders that winter will end! I am looking for buds out of our Irish kitchen window, but no sign just yet! Daffodils, however, might be coming your way soon x

  2. I do appreciate the springy pictures! Your little farm looks so tidy and well-cared for. A fun outing for the chicken people! Enjoy your nice weather!

  3. Oh yes so nice to see signs of spring and nice to know that it will be coming here one day soon too. : )
    Looks like all is going well at the farm.

  4. Oh my 80 degrees, I would be doing my happy dance. Congratulations on an early Spring. It is getting down to 14 here tonight. Seeing your lovely post is encouraging . . . Spring is coming, yes it is :)

  5. i loved your blog about your farm my friend
    i love farm living as i used to live on one with my grandparents when i was little .
    these beautiful flowers ,plants and chickens reminded me so many memories of that precious time !

    have blessed life !

  6. I dream of 80 degrees! It's below freezing here at the moment and several inches of snow are on their way. Just as I thought spring had sprung.


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