forty new little beings joined the farm yesterday.
they are curious and settling in.
the rest of the ménagerie seems to be digging the warmer weather as much as the humans.
there are no sign of the goslings yet.
it’s been a really good couple of weeks. i don’t know if it’s the completion of our financial planning for the year (and our first year really using holistic resource management planning tools together, p. and i), the fact that we have a number of rad farm-based projects on the go, that i’ve been managing to spend more time with other adults, or that every family member just happens to be in a good place at the same time, but i’ll take it.
spring is coming and going. we’re making the most of it.
the hens have started venturing further from the barn, joining us in our work and play when we’re out in ‘the yard’.
we’re making concrete plans to repair things we’ve been wanting to get to since moving here.
and we’re soaking in our puddles. today we learned that old baking sheets make really excellent ferries.
(in other news, while amortization and depreciation are fascinating concepts, thinking about them too much in your day to day is probably unnecessary and can make you go a bit bonkers.)
Since I’ve put the call-out for projects and proposals for our second farm house, I’ve been thoroughly heart-warmed by all the messages I’ve received from folks with interesting projects up their sleeves, wanting to build community or grow food. I am hopeful that one of these projects will be a good fit and I thank all the friends who’ve helped spread the word.
Entre temps, winter has returned to the farm. And with it a sense that we can slow our pace a tad, work on the paper portion of the farm before the pastures really call us, get the ball rolling on a few projects, snuggle with the kids and their library books.
In other news, the first calf of the year was born last week. The cows who’ve been born and were raised here will calve in the late summer, early fall (which is easier for the mamas and all parties who might need to be involved), but we added six heifers to the herd and they are calving now. Luckily, with the second barn, P. was able to create a space for them to be out of the wind, mud and now snow. To calve in a dry, accessible space.
Also, the geese who’ve been living in the other part of that barn have been taking turns sitting on a nest they built to incubate their eggs. We haven’t seen any goslings yet, but it should be soon. Meanwhile our mildly aggressive geese have turned into quite aggressive geese. We’ll see come Springtime if having the gaggle of them roam the grounds is workable. (Interesting fact: a gaggle of geese in flight can be called a skein of geese. C’est beau, n’est-ce pas?
The knitting reminders are varied and plentiful.)
salut les ami.e.s,