What is April without lots of showers? Just as I get seeds planted in the garden, Mother Nature steps in and says "Don't worry... I'll handle the watering!" Bless you Mother Nature.
It pretty much drizzled or showered the entire weekend.
The timing was perfect as I had just finished planting lots of seeds on Friday. Now the waiting begins. Elsewhere in the garden boxes, pea shoots have emerged,
as have spinach, radishes, and onions.
We have learned, through the years, to embrace the rain. So, we put on our rain gear and immerse ourselves in these much-needed showers. As we work, the droplets make music on the tin roof of the barn.
Many spent the weekend staring out into the rain...
while others went about their daily routine completely oblivious.
Hubbs built a new perch for Old Tom Turkey to roost in the henhouse. After spending all day with the girls, he typically flies up to their roosting bar in the evening.
If he spends the night clutching the bar, his feet are sore in the morning. So, rather than carrying him back to sleep alone in his own house, Hubbs solved the issue by building a platform for him to sleep on here with his chicken friends.
Thanks, Hubbs.... brilliant idea!! (and Tom likes it, too!)
As for me, I took the opportunity to shift my energies to indoor activities, such as bread baking...
and baking scones (for tea, of course). My favorite tea at the moment is this one. (it is well worth the price... as it is flavorful and sublime and not a lot is needed to brew a cup)
Friday evening I had a visit from a long-time online friend from Indiana who was in our area for a wedding at my favorite brewery. Jess always felt like a kindred spirit... though she is young enough to be my daughter. We visited for the first time in person and had a lovely, though, too short, visit. (The vase that holds these spring blossoms was made by her... she has an Etsy shop for her pottery.)
With the rain curtailing outdoor activities, I had some spare time to work on watercoloring. I had taken a photo of one of our willows tree in bloom...
as an exercise in painting the blossoms.
I also worked on a few short classes in landscapes and seascapes. Still, my favorite thing to paint is what I see in nature. I'll keep working on other things, though, to stretch myself out of my comfort zone... all in the name of learning.
Sunday evening, we drove to town to babysit our three (local) Littles. It's hard to believe the littlest of the three is already 6 months old. He might just be the happiest baby, ever!
Spring continues to erupt here on the farm... with bushes and bramble now covered in leaves. Fruit trees are in full blossom,
as are our blueberry plants.
With the rain setting the stage, there will be an explosion of leaves when the sun returns. Not far behind, blossoms will become fruit. Nature is miraculous as Spring renews the earth as well as our spirits!