Each year is an adventure in itself, waiting with baited breath for nature's cues to take on certain tasks. We know better than to get excited when the warm breeze flows in during April and May and to wait until the last week of May to even consider planting our precious spring seeds and seedlings! Currently, Jason built a raised hot compost bed to be used inside the greenhouse, which will warm the seedlings during our frigid spring evenings. An exciting project! I love that about homesteading; how each and every year is peppered with bran-new ideas and building projects (or the acquisition of new barnyard flock members~!) Ahhh, spring, we are ready for you!
Here are a few pictures of our March adventures!
Still lots of good stuff in the pantry!
Brothers, piled up :)
Jude loves to take things apart, trying to figure out how they work
and Jude reading!
Jude is silly!
We all got a nasty cold. Poor Ollie felt so awful that he fell asleep on top of a lego bin, toy house, and a log!
We are so ready for green
A trusting little friend on our morning walk :)
Another new painting! I have been loving ravens this past winter
Always, I have friends with me when I work upstairs in my studio
A delightful picture Jude drew of Ollie and us as happy pirates dancing!
the beginnings of sap flowing..
Jason waiting for the sap to drip
Maple syrup time!
It was warm on this particular day, which you can see by Jude's wearing no winter coat!
Grandma-Jude came to visit :)
Cozy tea parties by the fire every day
Jason feeding the rocket stove, making the sacred maple syrup
One of hens had a nasty injury, so she lived in the house with us for 5 days
Here she is after her bath
Jude's awesome new 'do'!
Matilda was less than impressed that a chicken was in the house
Ollie as a pirate
Pirates doing pirate things in my kitchen!
With a pretty new apron to keep her (much improved) wound covered, our hen was easily reintroduced back into her flock. She was so happy to be running around with her buddies outside again!
And last but not least, marathon cooking! On this day I made butternut squash soup, chile, and rice pudding.