With a beautiful Spring backdrop,
I squeezed as much out of a sunny yesterday as I could.
With several days of rain on the horizon,
I felt a certain urgency to get a lot of items checked off my Spring chore list.
Fasten your seatbelt,
5:30 AM up with puppy, dressed, breakfast.
6:00 AM out for morning chores (i.e. feed, water animals and clean their houses)
8:00 Chimney sweep came
Baked a batch of double chocolate/walnut cookies
Took many weeks worth of recycling to recycling center
Ran to the bank and grocery store
Loaded 2 big piles of compost in the manure spreader for Jim to spread.
Planted 2 flats of cabbages
planted 1 flat of broccoli
watered seedlings in greenhouse
Did bedtime feeding and tucked animals in for the night
(With several puppy play times interspersed throughout the day)
As for spreading manure...
as I dug each load of compost,
this group of hens that had been relaxing under this small pine tree
came running over to eat the abundant worms that had been unearthed by the tractor.
Worm after worm they gulped in one quick swallow.
This is one of the things that makes farm fresh free range eggs so good...
and full of healthy omega three fatty acid...
much healthier than the grocery store variety!
Naturally, whenever anything interesting is happening around the farm,
the turkeys are there to supervise.
Sam, on the other hand, took the opportunity to catch up on his naps.
Many thanks to Jim, my #1 farmhand, for helping me spread manure!
Don't you just love that old tractor?
It's our 1953 Ford Jubilee tractor... restored by Jim to its original paint colors.
She's a beauty!
(You might not know this about me...but old tractors make me swoon!)
I made a discovery yesterday on my many trips back and forth through the orchard.
Our old (magical) craggy apple tree (that no longer bears fruit)...
is once again home to a Spring crop of morel mushrooms.
The first one has just emerged...
I am betting after this week's rains there will be several more.
Once they have all matured, they will become part of our annual spring omelet...
served at Sunday Farm Breakfast.
Fresh asparagus, morels, chives and homemade cheese will go into this
Please rinse one in salty water (kill those bugs), dry, dust with flour and then fry in butter for me. I can smell it now!