Monday, March 18, 2013

on a weekend

A brief break from the restless wind allowed us to bring the baby chicks outside for some fresh air and sunshine. In and out of the basket they were gently lifted; And tapped on their fluffy bums, encouraging them to make their way off the blanket and onto the grass; Onto her lap when they ventured close - and then right off again - each getting her equal attention. This is how she communicated with them - lovingly and silently (save for the giggles). Equal parts playfulness and motherly business, instinctively and without my interference.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Springtime is for babies

We decided that our 2 new little chickie friends needed some more friends, and promptly added a pair each of buff orpingtons, blue-laced red wyndottes, and blue Cochin bantams to the brooder. They are all irresistibly cute, and we spend time each day holding them and letting them explore a bit.

We're also expecting an early summer baby boy (a human boy, that is!), who I cannot seem to stop knitting tiny baby things for. So far, I've made a couple longies, which I plan on lanolizing to double as diaper covers. And a sweet little sweater (finished with gorgeous handmade buttons from this shop) with matching booties. I think I'll get started on a blanket next (or maybe a hat)! So now you can see why I've been somewhat absent from the computer lately. 

I went to a farm estate sale a month ago and picked up these precious outfits for my (not-so-baby) girl. They were only a dollar each. I just love the colors and patterns of older clothing - so natural and soothing, which I don't find so much with modern kids' clothing. There were so many fascinating things at this 100 year old homestead, and I was so sad to hear that the family sold the property to a developer. Such history soon to be destroyed. It breaks my heart, and if I had a million dollars, I would've given it to them just to preserve and pass on that piece of land.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March chicks

Oooh, the dangers of stopping by the feed store on the way home...who can resist the last two lone little chicks?  (An Araucana and a black Cuckoo Maran).

Saturday, March 2, 2013

grocery shopping for spring

Easter last year

::chicks have been ordered::

::seed potatoes are on their way::

::onion and pepper seed packets are gathered for starting very soon::

Oh yes! Spring is coming and this is just my kind of grocery shopping.
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