On the Farm . . . Taking Time for a Spring Walk

April 26, 2017

Lately the days are busy with so many things to do that sometimes I'm not sure which way to head first! Belle, one of our Jersey cows, had her calf on Easter morning so we've added milking to our daily schedule. Bill's been cleaning bee hive boxes in preparation for the new hives that arrive Saturday, and I continue to make soaps and lotions for the upcoming farmers markets. We've transplanted onions, leeks, lettuces, and kale in the fields while starting more seeds in the greenhouse. 

 

 

 

Yesterday the kids were able to pull Bill and me away from harvesting to go for a farm walk. I wandered behind them, breathing the fresh air, and feeling the stress of the to-do list float away while Bill held my hand.

 

Liam, Aidan, and Marlee were on a treasure hunt created by Mother Nature as they monitored her transition from winter to spring. They sought clues on the ground and overhead in the trees. They listened to bird calls and scanned the horizon. They showed me the perfect place to step out of the trees and see the view of marsh marigolds by the creek.

 

 

 

They led me across the field to find a hidden-in-plain-sight killdeer nest and a striking crawfish chimney while also making sure I spotted the camouflaged female red-winged blackbird on a tree branch just past the pasture fence.