On a walk in Newhalem, a tiny nearby town just before heading up the Cascade Mountain Pass, an avalanche of cherry blossoms made us so giddy we just HAD to cover ourselves in blossoms.
Temperatures have hovered at 70 degrees F for the past few days. My daughter and her friend wore their bathing suits at the river and even jumped into the ice cold water without screaming (too loudly).
Bathing suits on April 1st - and it's not an April Fool's joke! Crazy! But I'm not complaining!
Talking of beauty (cherry blossoms and little girls), let me show you around our homestead a little. Changes are happening every single day: garlic inching its way out of the soil, blossoms opening, mama goats getting more pregnant. Maybe not more pregnant, because you either are pregnant or not, but definitely bigger-bellied.
Here's what we call the goat shed, which houses the goats, feed, hay, a feral cat, mice, and lots of miscellaneous clutter. Steve built it with reclaimed lumber and recycled materials, and it has seen its share of
Here is the Fort, which Steve and the boys built. It even has electricity in there, so the boys go out there and crank the tunes. Eva likes to hide in the Fort pretending to be a mermaid with the beautiful mermaid tail/blanket her Grandma knitted her.
Gardening is fully underway. The garlic is thriving, and I direct sowed peas, collards, carrots, beets and chard. Lot of seedlings are waiting to be transplanted into the garden. I'm not in a hurry - I know there still might be frost.
I'm spreading compost (thank you, goat manure!), digging raised beds, and Steve set up our moveable greenhouse.
The critters on the homestead are happy. The ducks are so tame, they eat out of my hand, and the puppy... well, the puppy keeps and eye on them. I don't know if it is because she wants to eat them or their food.
Excess puppy energy gets dispersed by playing with the neighbors' dog, which involves biting ears, tails and noses and chasing each other til they collapse. A tired puppy is a good puppy.
What is blooming and thriving in your neck of the woods?
PS: I got featured on the Women Who Farm website, which is a huge honor. Check it out here on Facebook.