Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts

18 April 2016

spring on the farm

By the end of last week, the weather was feeling very spring-y here!
Flowers are blooming,
our greens are growing,
the kids have rediscovered some outdoor games and toys,
 (little F inherited that small plastic house from a neighbor and has fallen in love with it),
the pigs are loving their pasture area with cover crop,
the peas are planted and trellis is up...

Our farmstead (both people and animals) are loving this time of year.

14 April 2016

spring transitions

The chickens are now across the road on the cover crop (and loving it!)
and the high tunnel has been tilled and readied for tomatoes and peppers (still a month away).
But little arugula and spinach are coming up now and we can't wait to enjoy them.

09 April 2016

a hike that didn't happen

I had great plans of hiking with the kids a couple days ago... and then only two wanted to go... and then when we left, it started to pour.  So Z, F and I decided to "get lost" on some dirt roads near us.  We stopped to walk through the rain to a lake and to a pond, we passed some very neat old farms and cabins and nearly got stuck in the mud (twice).  

We came home to two amazing rainbows that appeared to land right in our field!  

05 April 2016

Another quick dress (and more...)

F loves her Easter dress so much that I decided to knit up a quicker one.  I found this pattern, which knit up very fast (though I just realized I somehow read it wrong and missed the stockinette section... oh well, it still looks alright!)  I aimed her towards some darker fabrics this time and she chose a vintage looking flower pattern (on grey--perfect for play!) 

Just days ago, on April 1, I posted my daffodil blooming to my instagram account.  We loaded next winter's wood into the shed/mudroom and it felt a lot like spring here.

Then, on Monday, it snowed (and snowed and snowed) and today we woke to just 4º temps here.

Lots of projects going on.  F found some tissue paper and we were glueing and drawing.  M was making up games on many (many) scraps of paper and we pretty much stayed inside most of the day.  I love this weather in January and February...not as much in April. ;)

Joining Nicole today...

29 March 2016

signs of spring

cover crop
and lots of outdoor play (mostly cowboys at the moment)

The winner of the giveaway is Jen!  Thank you to everyone who signed up to our newsletter!

04 May 2015

checking in

Things are getting busier around here.  My parents came to visit for four days and they love to have projects.  They planted 8,000 onions and leeks, changed my brakes, buffed and waxed my car, "greened up" Vermont, fixed several things inside the house and see that bottom picture...?  That is a self-closing door on the chicken coop!  Adam and my dad came up with a system that I plan on describing in more detail later this week.  

I just realized M has a helmet on in each photo he is in (from different days).  That little guy is constantly on his bike now that it's feeling like spring here!  (And oblivious to the fact his helmet is on--so it's on all the time!  Probably not a bad thing when he decides to ride on top of the planter tank.)

We've seeded some carrots, beets and greens and Adam has the ground ready for potatoes.  We're growing different varieties of several things this year, after reading this book and following her recommendations.   Have I posted about the book, Eating on the Wild Side?   I can't recommend it enough to any of you who enjoy food/farming-related non-fiction or those of you who grow food.

And now back to finishing up my own schooling--my final night!  

17 April 2015

moving chickens

It is a sure sign of spring when we move the chickens across the road from our house.  
This year we bought pullets from our friend in Connecticut...but I am also going to try and hatch some chicks, which is something I have never done.  We've had a good broody hen before who hatched many chicks for us...but none of our current hens show much broodiness. :)

We will move their coop down this part of the field, which will eventually be sweet corn (and which was potatoes, leeks and onions last year.

According to Z, the pullet eggs taste great!

30 March 2015

around the farm

Pruning pears (a week or so ago)
Piggies, piggies, piggies
"The shop"
some winter projects in the shop