Spring!

Spring has sprung! It’s arrived several weeks early. I’ve been hearing that it’s unusually warm in most areas. Has it been that way where you are? The Canadian geese are back! I haven’t seen a robin yet.

My apologies for not posting in a long time but there really hasn’t been much going on, nothing worth blogging about. I feel this is barely worth blogging about. Walking around the farm this morning, I’m seeing all the things that are going to need doing, now that it’s not hidden under the snow. Still lots of water laying around. I’m happy to put my snow boots away and pull out my duckies (I need new ones).

I let the chickens and ducks outside for the first time since last fall. I would have done it sooner but I couldn’t get the door open. I thought it was frozen. When I finally took the time to look closer, turns out hubby screwed it shut from the outside. Ha! The chickens and ducks are laying nicely. I may put some eggs in the incubator a little later on.

The work can wait. For now I will enjoy the warm sun.

May!

I can’t believe it’s May already! The first day sure didn’t feel like it as we woke up to snow. But by yesterday afternoon it was almost all gone.

I had an order of birds coming that were suppose to be here April 29th but the suppliers messed up my order so now they are coming this Friday, the 6th. My eggs in the incubator didn’t hatch either. 😦 So I’m going on round 2 with a few less eggs in hopes it will happen this time.

Anticipating…


I bought this potted gerbera last fall for my autumn table. Now its bloom reminds me that spring will come. 🙂

For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone.
The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines, And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
Sgs 2:11-12

Welcome Spring!

The snow has been slowly melting over the past couple weeks. We have so much, though, that it’s taking time to go. The grass is showing in some places and the snow banks are shrinking.

With the thaw happening, the calf’s shed was getting pretty wet. Hubby dug out the gate for me, which hadn’t been opened in weeks! And he fixed the wheelbarrow tire for me. I love it when it starts to melt but keeping the animals clean gets really hard to do! I managed to clean out the calf shed, I took 4 wheelbarrows out but I couldn’t dump it on the manure pile because I couldn’t get to it. So I dumped it as close as I could. I found out how much I’m out of shape.

The chickens are due for a cleaning out too. They’ve been closed in the barn all winter. But I will wait until it’s warm enough and most of the snow has gone from the chicken yard, so I can let them out. I can’t wait to see how the ducks are going to react to the puddles!

It’s time to start thinking about ordering chicks and garden seeds!

Welcome rain.

It’s been so, so dry this spring.  Very unusual.  We are finally getting some much needed rain.  It’s been coming down for 2 days and is expected to continue for another 2 days.  Everything is just popping green!  The leaves are bursting out, the grass turned green overnight!  The birds sure are singing today. I love it!

It’ puts a hold on outside activities but that’s okay with me. 🙂  There’s enough to do indoors that it’s not a concern.  We need a rest sometimes too. 🙂

March weather

We’ve been having a variety of weather.  Some hoarfrost, that was so pretty!  Then we had 3 or 4 days of fog, that was weird.  Now the fog has lifted and it is absolutely beautiful!  The sun is shining and it’s +10C! It feels like spring today! The snow has been melting fast.  I’m cautiously optomistic about this being spring because March can be very fickle.  I opened up the barn and let the chickens out, first time since last fall.

I wanted to let you know the cats are getting along just fine.  🙂  Now I’m going outside to enjoy the day!  I have some apples shrivelling in the fridge that I will take to the goats.

Heritage and heirloom seed shopping

Preparing my garden last year

We’re getting ready for spring planting already.  Mentally prepared ~ Ha!  We’re still buried in snow.  I’ve been browsing online for heritage, heirloom seeds.  We want to grow non-GMO and to be able to save our vegetable seeds from year to year.

I’ve been browsing Salt Springs Seed Company and Heritage Harvest Seed.  They are Canadian companies.  I like that I can print up the order form and send them a cheque instead of ordering and paying online.  There are so many varieties to choose from!!  It’s taking me a while to read through all the choices. Canada has a lot of different growing zones in so I’m focusing on vegetable varieties that would do well on the prairies. I’m zone 3b.

Where do you get your heritage seeds?  What do you look for when choosing them?  Do you have favourites?

This post is part of Fight Back Fridays, hosted by Food Renegade.com

Birds and blooms

robin

plumtree

The barn swallows are back but there seems to be lots of robins around too!  Our plum tree is in full bloom now.  It’s a wild plum but so pretty.  The crabapple tree is as showy when it comes into bloom.  These are just a few of the things I love about this time of year. 🙂

Trampoline

trampoline

Here’s a sign of spring!  Flying 16 year olds! 😆  Despite his injury a week ago that sent us to the emergency room, he is obviously recovering quite well.  He also celebrated his 16th birthday this week and received his photo ID for his drivers license in the mail the same day.  I’m proud and sad at the same time.  Proud of his accomplishments and sad to see him not so little anymore. I’ll jump on the trampoline but you won’t catch me upside down!