Visitors to our farm often talk about how peaceful it is there and my husband often refers to it as ‘Our Peaceable Kingdom’. You might see that in some of the following pictures.
Peanut, the cat, likes to hang out with the chickens. The chickens have gotten use to him and have learned that he is not a threat.
We had one hen who was old and crippled but the others did not pick or peck on her. She needed some extra assistance but continued to live with the rest of the flock. (she died last week 😦 )
The chickens have also gotten used to Ranger. He shares their food and they share his as well. Ranger and the chickens will be happy to clean up Peanut’s plate when he is finished.
We lost all of our bees again this winter but honey bees were showing up from somewhere to forage honey and wax that was left in our hives. There may be wild bees in our area or other bee keepers whose bees survived the winter or there there may be both.
Early spring, before the trees leaf out and flowers bloom, can be a bit dull looking, but it can also be a time of discovery. Last summer this nest was hidden amongst the leaves and we never even realized it was there.
I wonder who came out of this cocoon.
We did get some much needed rain but the U.S. drought monitor map continues to show our area as abnormally dry.
The North-West corner of the farm is always very wet in the spring and it is where the frogs/toads hang out this time of year. Even though I didn’t see any I’m sure they were there because they quieted down as I approached.
Yes, I do walk through all that water, but not without appropriate footwear.
Normally this time of year the pond is overflowing it’s banks and there is very little beach sand that is not under water. The lighter area along the edge shows how much the water level rose after the last rain. The dark areas are leaves that have collected along the shoreline. We will eventually rake them out of the beach area but since my husband spotted an egg nest (likely frog or toad) we will wait awhile to give them a chance to hatch.
Even though it has been mostly dry we have had lots of wind. When I took the picture above I could not see the individual blades on the windmill because it was spinning so fast. The camera, however, was quick enough to partially capture them.
When the pond is bubbling like this we know the windmill is turning. One of it’s purposes is to aerate the pond.
There were no babies rocking on the tree tops but I was still a bit concerned that the bough(s) might break. The branches in the foreground are maple and the ones toward the rear are poplar. As you can see both are budding.
The wind was really rocking these spruce trees. Good thing they have strong roots.
Momma oak is likely the oldest tree on our property. She is surrounded buy her offspring. She does not waver.
Nor does our eldest shagbark hickory. I often ponder the stories of these two trees. How long have they lived there? If they could talk what stories would they tell?
Sadly our oldest crab apple tree became the target of a wood pecker. I wonder how long she can survive these wounds.
I learned something about my crocuses this year. Last year I only had three or four come up.
This spring I had more come up in a different area. I was thrilled to see them but wondered why they came up this year and not last year.
The day after I noticed and photographed them the blossoms were gone. Apparently eaten by a hungry bunny. (I can’t blame the deer this time because there were no deer tracks in the wet soil where they were growing.)
I now suspect these crocuses did come up last year but became bunny food before I ever noticed them.
I will now reconsider my plans to plant more crocuses.
I also learned that this beautiful little primrose bears some of the first blossoms of the season – but only if the chickens leave it alone.
It was even earlier than the daffodils that were just beginning to open as I took these photos last week.
We have more and more daffodils blossoming each day so I will likely share more pictures in an upcoming post. Why so many daffodils? Because the deer, bunnies and chickens leave them alone.
Last but not least the garlic is up and off to a good start. 🙂
What’s blooming in your neck of the woods?