Early spring around here, weather-wise, means rain showers with peeks of sun, cloud covers and intermittent hail and snowflakes. It also means indoor handwork slows down and outside chores pick up. Here are some pics of other things going on around home and farm-ette.
I was at the store about to buy a bouquet of daffodils and had a *duh* moment; I could just go pick some of my own outside! I grow a lot of different varieties along the stone rock wall bordering the north side of our property. Some are pleasantly fragrant.
This is a Shetland sheep; they are smaller than typical sheep. Each fleece weighed about four pounds and would definitely keep a home spinner like me happy for a bit. Lovely wool.
We grab the sunshiny days as they come, sitting out in the garden to read or to do schoolwork. Or to daydream with a cup of hot tea. It’s pleasant here, quiet, in the woods with the sounds of wind through the trees and cheeping of birds and soft quacking of ducks going by.
My husband (on the right) is a good sport. He’s not as much into the farm-thing but he loves doing building projects and does appreciate garden fresh food on the table, and he sees the good in raising our children around it all. He’s the one talking about bringing on pigs now! Here he is learning how to wether a buckling. Notice that he’s not squeamish at all. That would be me. We’ll be wethering as needed with a Burdizzo rather than bands as we think it’s far more humane. All the bucklings were up and running within minutes like nothing at all had happened.
The little guy on the right stayed a buck and was the last baby to leave our farm. I would have kept him longer on the mom if her teat wasn’t so wounded. I’ve got my eye on three doelings I’m hoping to buy next month to add to our herd.
It is definitely “bye bye, Baby…hello Toddler” time at our house. And yes, she is a total delight just like the photo shows!