Spring Craft Show and Flower Sale – This Saturday

1st ANNUAL

Spring Craft Show and Flower Sale

When: May 4th  10am-4pm

Where: Special Dreams Farm

6524 Fred W. Moore Hwy, St. Clair Twp. 48079

Admission is free! Lunch will be available for purchase.

Raffle baskets

Local crafters, artisans, and vendors

Please contact Sara at 810-326-0127 or manager@specialdreamsfarm.org for further details

Come join us for our 1st Annual Spring Craft Show and Flower Sale. Perfect for picking up something special for mom! This event will benefit Special Dreams Farm which is a 501c3 non-profit organization for adults with developmental disabilities.

http://www.specialdreamsfarm.org

I will be selling Don’t Eat It! Soap and Skin Care Products at this event. If you are in the Saint Clair, Michigan area I would love to see you there.

Nature At It’s Best!???

Last December my husband installed this knotty pine ceiling in the over hang of the barn. He spent many hours going up and down the ladder, measuring and cutting boards, then fitting them together and screwing them into place. It turned out beautiful!

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We decided to put the ceiling in to keep nature out.  Before the ceiling was put in the upstairs of the barn was not fully enclosed. There was about a six inch gap along the entire length of the barn. Not only did this gap allow cold air in it also made easy access for bugs and potentially even birds.

The rafters were exposed on the underside of the overhang making a tempting location for wasps to build nests, and the cedar box which encloses the front horizontal support beam was also open. This could have become a perfect nesting place for any number of birds or even a cozy place for raccoons to camp out.

While we have a great appreciation for all God’s creatures there are places we are not willing to share with them. Thus the ceiling served to keep these parts critter free.

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Yesterday evening my husband worked at the farm staining bees hives, preparing them for the bees that will be arriving in a couple of weeks. After he had finished staining this hive he placed two flats of pansies on top to keep them protected from the heavy rains that were in the forecast.

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This afternoon, as I went to move the pansies, look what I discovered. Despite our best efforts someone (bird) decided to make our barn their home.

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Now there is no disputing that those pansies make a beautiful home, but this just isn’t going to work. The bee hive needed to be moved into the barn for now, but will soon be moved to the apiary where it will become home to some of our new honey bees.

I would be happy to donate this flat of pansies to these birds so that they could raise the next generation, but I am not sure that we have place to locate the flat that would make everyone happy.

 

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Just shaking my head.

A Dip In The Pond

Our weather has not been warm enough for me to even think about going for a swim yet. In fact it will take a few consecutive days with temperatures in the 80’s Fahrenheit to warm the water to my liking.

Trooper on the other hand found the water most refreshing. Every year he is the first one in.

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He also enjoyed some time laying in the shade.

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I did get some yard work done this week while soaking up some vitamin D (sunshine) and starting on my tan. 🙂

My dip in the pond will just have to wait.

Asparagus Season Begins

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I always like to share this for my friends/ readers who grow or hunt for asparagus because if you are not paying attention asparagus can get too big and go to seed before you know it. Yesterday I noticed that our asparagus is just beginning to poke up through the ground. We will be enjoying fresh asparagus soon. 🙂

IMG_4917Not nearly as inconspicuous as asparagus, rhubarb is up and making it’s presence known.

Do you have a favorite spring food?

First Flowers

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These daffodils that began opening yesterday, and I photographed today, were not the first flowers to blossom at our farm.

Earlier this week I spotted these coltsfoot blossoms.

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Although coltsfoot is usually thought of as a weed, this wild plant is edible and offers medicinal properties. Check out this link http://www.ediblewildfood.com/coltsfoot.aspx to learn more about it.

Lastly I will leave you with a photo of these beautiful pansies that my husband rescued for me 🙂 from work today.

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It would have been tragic to let these beauties die when they can instead make somebody smile.

Thanks for visiting and have a beautiful day.