First of all, we would like to thank everyone so much for all the kind words and condolences received on the loss of our cat Samantha. I will have more to write about her soon, but we thought we’d start this week with something a little more lighthearted.
While it’s been a sad time here, there’s still been a lot going on at the farm, and the busy-ness of spring is a welcome distraction. Our weather has not been conducive to getting all the things done outside that we need to, but this past weekend we finally got a break from the rain and cooler temperatures. While we still haven’t seen much sun, it’s at least been dry and up to 60 degrees.
Yard cleanup has begun, with lots of raking of the yard and gardens to do. Early snow last fall meant we never finished our autumn raking, though the truth is we don’t often do a lot. Leaves make great fertilizer so leaving them on the gardens for the winter can be good for the soil as they’ll break down at least a little bit before we remove them. The Dadz also has a leaf blower, which is a big help, especially in Luke’s yard where the leaves gather against the fence.
We’ve started planting early vegetables as well, and I have a whole lot of seedlings started in our upstairs room under grow lights!
Most exciting, however, is that we got our coop expansion done! We’ve doubled the size of the chicken coop and you know what that means – more birds are coming! We’ll be picking up 12 new chicks by the end of the week! While it won’t be quite the same without Mama Cat Sam to watch over them, we will still enjoy it. With the coop expansion we now have a separate area in there, so we’ll be able to bring the chicks outdoors a bit sooner than we have in the past (temperatures permitting).
Our two female guinea hens have started laying eggs as well! We think we have it figured out how to keep them laying using the same nest which is thankfully close to the house where we can watch it. If we collect the eggs daily, just leaving a couple in there, we think they will continue to do so. So far so good. We may hatch some more this year too. We don’t want to add too many more to our flock, so we want to make sure any we hatch will have homes first. We have at least one person who was interested and we’re waiting to hear if she still is. I hope so, because the hatching is so fun!
We also have some indoor projects in the works. I’m always painting one of the rooms and the latest is our laundry room. Once it’s painted, we’ll be having new flooring put in as well. With old linoleum in there coming up, and the walls beat up from goodness knows what, it was in sore need of an update (I had already got a new washer and dryer, couldn’t wait for that – yay!). We’ll be putting in new shelves where we’ll have a little extra storage, and a new door which will match the old doors in the old farmhouse part of our home (it’s half old farmhouse, half newer addition).
Things are just starting to get colorful and we’ll be sharing some photos of our spring flowers on Nature Friday this week. Luke and I are getting out for more walks with the better weather. Unfortunately, spring brings the nasty bugs and we’ve been seeing some ticks! That’s why we like to let the guinea hens in Luke’s yard….we hope they will find the ticks while they’re in there and get rid of them. We use only natural repellents on pet and human around here, and it doesn’t always work 100% (in my experience the chemical ones never did either!), so we keep a close eye out for any that still find their way on us.
The new chicks will keep us busy, and cleanup and planting will continue right through June. We’ll share more about all that is going on as it progresses – and of course share lots of cute chick photos, so stay tuned!
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