Friday, April 5, 2013

around the farm

It's going to be a good year for the basics - garlic is up and looking great (surviving many an accidental toddler trampling), and a big bed of onion seeds just went in. I'm hoping to get the rest of the 20 pounds of potatoes in the ground over the weekend, too.

Do you see that little foot to the left? Hmrn.

Tomatoes, peppers, and herbs are sprouting in all the south facing windows. Last week I seeded a row of greens (cold-hearty lettuce, spinach, mustard greens, and bok choy) but nothing's emerged yet. 

A lot more feathered friends have just been added to our brood! A big batch of Freedom Ranger meat birds, a few bronze breasted turkeys (which kind of scare me already - not exactly sure why), and the sweetest, most fun-loving, happy-go-lucky mixed batch of ducklings, whom I am totally smitten with. They even come when you call them. Profoundly adorable. We now have no less than 52 fowl in our midst, which I find quite funny since I've never been much of a "bird person." I suppose I am now though!

We're spending as much time as possible with our hands in the soil, finding worms, and splashing in puddles.

These days are so full of good things. Everywhere I look I see new life beginning; Animals growing and grazing, and something new being planted every day. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for all this beauty around me. 

I know this seven-months-pregnant mama is going to have a hard time keeping up with the animals and especially the garden this year, but that's okay. Spring is the time for dreaming big.


  1. Oh my goodness! What gorgeous photos! I especially love the one of your swelling belly. At least you can still see your feet - or is it just the angle of the camera?

    1. Thank you! Yep, that's a trick of the camera - my feet officially vanished a month ago ;)

  2. What a beautiful post. I love the dog and the chick, and your garlic looks just like mine (that makes me feel good since I'm trying my hand at it for the first time this year and have no real idea of whether I'm doing it right). :)

  3. What beautiful pictures and such a lovely posting! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the box full of chicks (and the baby bump is pretty cute too).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend!

  4. What a lovely post to read...a chance for me to catch up with your life. The ducks would be my favorite, too!

  5. Profoundly adorable is an UNDERSTATEMENT... Just LOVE the pics, and I too am partial to the ducks (and that gorgeous baby belly!). Can't wait to meet your little man...

  6. I love the duck in the bowl! I would love to be digging in the dirt. Unfortunately it's only nice when I am away at work. Then on my days off the weather is cold and icky. Just like it will be this week!

  7. Spring is such a wonderful time, and you've captured it here perfectly :-)

  8. Great pictures! Those ducklings are just too durn cute and thanks for the first picture of the new baby! ;)

  9. Oh I love that belly photo! So perfect! I have been meaning to wish you a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS(!) on your pregnancy. I read your news on my iphone and for some reason I can never comment on my phone. Last fall, I moved my computer to our upstairs go I don't get on the actual computer much. I was so excited to read your news! Many blessings to you!

  10. Fab photos all around. You sure know how to live life fully! Makes my heart glad. Those wee birds are so darn cute, but I am very, very much a bird person....looks like you are after all as well!

  11. Lovely, lovely post! You have such a busy little house at the moment and all that bending down for ducks and chickens must be taking it's toll you poor thing. I do love that pic of puppy and chick!!

  12. All so fresh and lovely. I remember those missing feet days too! Enjoy every moment while it is here.


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