I love these long spring days of puttering around. I have a list as long as a roll of TP, I swear. But, what farm life has taught me is - it will get done eventually. So, each day after necessary chores are complete, I start puttering around... ticking items off my long spring list.
The mowing is done (day before yesterday), so yesterday I did a little whacking-of-the-weeds - not all of them, because that would take me a week - just the ones that were really driving me crazy, around the barn.
Now everything looks nice and crisp... just the way I love it... if only it would stay that way!
Next on my list was to begin weeding the blueberry patch. For whatever reason, weeds seem to love to grow around the trunks of each blueberry plant (of which there are presently about 75). I sat on the ground at the base of each plant, pulling out dandelions, crabgrass, and tons of birdseye speedwell. About two third's of the way through, it began to rain a little and became very windy. At that point I decided that the completion of this task could wait for a nicer day. I am happy to report that the blueberry bushes are loaded with flowers - each one destined to become a delicious blueberry.
Sadly, one was hit by a large truck two weeks ago. A feed truck went flying down our road and our poor guinea could not move fast enough. This infuriates me on a few levels... enough said. Then, two mornings ago, I found a guinea lying, dead, beneath the tree in which they roost each night. There was no obvious trauma, it looked as though his time had simply run out. Earlier in the spring, a fox had taken another's life. We would like to keep a consistent flock of guineas here on the farm because of their invaluable skill at pest management.
So, yesterday we drove a half hour north to the local livestock auction hoping to find some young guineas. Our trip was unsuccessful. Four adult guineas were for sale - but not knowing their age, we decided not to bid on them.
Hopefully we will find someone local with fertilized eggs that we can have "the girls", Maggie and Macy hatch out for us. You may wonder why we don't just let our guineas hatch their own eggs. Guineas are good at laying eggs and hiding them, but not terribly good at mothering them. Usually, once a summer I just happen across a huge clutch of eggs hidden somewhere on the farm.... sometimes in a field, sometimes in the garden. Only once did one of our guineas hatch out chicks, but they did not survive the first night (thanks to predators.). It's a tough world out there!
Just this past week, Maggie and Macy incubated and hatched out three chicken eggs.
They sent me daily progress reports.
Eventually, these chickens will come to live on the farm.
For some reason, the chickens have begun to lay more eggs again... almost a dozen, two days in a row! And now we have another 38 layers in the wings. If anyone needs eggs in about 4 months... I can hook you up!
The chicks have found the nesting boxes. I swear there is no inch of their house that they have not investigated.
These are the busiest bunch of chicks I have ever had! We have to be very careful when opening the front door of their house... to make sure that none of them fly out into a very unsafe world for little chicks.
And though the big wide world might be unsafe for little chicks, I must say, it sure is beautiful these days!
The last of the daffodil blossoms are hanging on as the perennials begin to bloom.
The little cottage garden in front of my She-shed has filled in beautifully. In a few weeks, it will be full of brilliant colors. I'll be sure to show you!
And lastly, Lynne, you asked where I do my painting, and do I have to set up each time I paint.
This is my painting station. I use half of my cutting table in my sewing room. I have a good high-intensity light that I paint by, as well as natural light from the large windows in this room. It's so much easier to sit down and paint a little here and there when everything is ready to go.
And just in case you wondered:
The shawl that I showed yesterday is the Zimstern by Melanie Berg. You can find it HERE if you are interested. I can think of so many color combinations that would be spectacular in this pattern. Remember... challenging oneself leads to improvement! My attitude is always "what do I have to lose?" PS, it's really not as complicated as it looks.