Is this February? Nope. Just the tail end of the longest winter ever. And yet. See the buds on that tree? Warmth is coming. Just not today.
Archive for the ‘spring’ Category
Every morning when I give the sheep hay, I take attendance. It’s not a long process–there are only four ewes and a ram, after all–but it makes me feel better to continually take stock of everyone during lambing season. This morning, when Phoebe wasn’t waiting at the hay feeder, I felt the tingly beginnings of [...]
We may have had 30 cm of snow descend upon us (with 10 more expected tonight, but we won’t talk about that) but that doesn’t matter. Spring is here, and I have proof. This sweet little thing was born sometime last night to Penelope, a sheep we never had high expectations of. She was always [...]
The sun is warm, new leaves are rustling overhead, there are happy yellow birds in the yard, and the womb is busily percolating. A perfect day to begin the never ending laundry of baby-tending!
After letting them stare longingly at the lush green grass growing on the other side of the pen, we finally let the grazers out onto the pasture. They are happy. And, with sun sparkling on the river and green leaves on high, so are the humans.
Sideways light, a soft sandy road, dramatic clouds, and trees ready to burst. On the first Saturday in May, these are the things that matter.
It always seems to arrive here so late, but it does return eventually. At first it is just a tinge of colour in the dead grass, but in just a few weeks, you can make out the leaves and stems of new growth. Before long there are actual sightings of plant life, the cheerful ta-da! [...]
Pussy willows: Chickens helping us work fresh nutrients into the garden: Fencing for goats (something tells me this will be an infinite task): Sorting the wool harvest! I think this is Clementine: And, because this IS Alberta… the occasional snowstorm.
“All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.” -Matthew 25: 33-34, NKJV I suppose it depends on which direction you face, but [...]
Spinach is coming up in our sheet mulch bed! I’m so glad we planted early. Should be able to harvest the first batch in a couple of weeks. We are taking old things to the dump! It’s part of our front-of-barn re-purposing project. This was part of a wood-fired hot tub built a few decades [...]