Sunday, 13 April 2014

Perfect Day to Welcome Spring

Friday was a very warm not windy day here at the farm. We started by doing chores, cleaning the hearth and washing windows. When I opened the windows I realised quickly that only a tyrant would make the kids stay indoor doing crap work when the weather outside was so incredibly perfect. We've had all winter to be miserable indoors, we must dance out into the sunshine at last!

And so we did.

Ellie the bottle lamb follows us like a puppy so she got to be out too.

Midway through the day I got a text message from a friend asking if she and her boys could come visit the farm. Oh yes! Bonfire time! I fed them brats on a stick and my kids took them on an island adventure through the woods and around the pond.

Isaac was thrilled to see Jessica too and was just charming and adorable getting her attention. Love that baby! Then Jessica and her boys helped us catch a piglet that was not thriving like he should be and we got him started on a bottle right away. Kitchen pig, oh, you have my heart. Holly named him Oinkers, though his official name is Hawthorn. He is HER bottle pig. HERS. No one else may claim him.

The bonfire was perfect. The company was much needed and wonderful. Days like this are a blessing.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Downtime /= Rest

Downtime from blogging doesn't mean downtime from everything else. It is lambing season, we have a bottle lamb, bees are out, new pigs and piglets, Spring chores, and kids.....not to mention grading for my day job, managing farm PR, and cooking.

I am a bit overwhelmed. I am writing though, just not blogging. I am caught up in it: reading, writing, revising, researching, submitting, managing submissions and tracking. It is a good thing and is generating results..... I did not believe it was even possible.

So I am still here, just like a ghost. Here are some pictures though, from the farm.