Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Spring!

Garlic is getting tall.
 Everything is budding here at the farm. It has been unusually warm for March. Kind of makes you wonder what summer holds in store for us. I haven't posted anything for a while but it doesn't mean we haven't been busy doing projects. Our newest project is tearing down the wall between the old guest area & the shop. The shop needs to be bigger in anticipation of the shop in Illinois moving here. No, it hasn't sold yet, but we have had a couple showings. Lots of rearranging is taking place to do this. Moving stuff up to the attic storage area & donating stuff to the resale shop in town. We are also making plans for the new guest area upstairs. Last year, we had a coat of soy-based insulation blown onto the ceiling. We are now insulating the end walls and planning the bathroom layout. The plumbing was roughed out for it two years ago when we did the main floor bathroom and of course we have changed our minds since then. :-) The plumber came over the other day & said our new plans are no problem and can move the things we need.
Steve has been working on the trim & pine wall wood & will soon be installing it. That will make such a difference! We also will be getting a sander to do all the pine barn boards for the floor.
All the Amish around us are planting their gardens. I am NOT ready for that yet. Not that I don't want to get my hands in the dirt. I'm just not confident that this weather can't turn colder & have a frost.
 Hayley is 6 months old now. They are both getting so big!

Apple tree

Pear tree

Cherry tree

Elderberry bush


Lilacs budding out.

Nanking Cherry  blossoms.
Best buds.
Hunter. She has been catching mice all week.
Chickens are getting big.
Tearing down the wall between the old guest area & the shop.
I will update as the projects are completed. Have a great week!


Carol............. said...

Happy Spring pictures! Those girls are just precious.

fullfreezer said...

Lovely photos. Your lilacs are even farther ahead than ours. I'm with you on the gardening thing. The weather may say spring but my garden calendar is still holding firm. Well... I may plant some peas soon... and I put in some radishes and spinach... but that's all... really.... and I can stop anytime I want.... yeah.....


SkippyMom said...

Wow - you have been MIA for a long time. Good to see you.

I don't know about waiting. I think I would have a tendency to follow the Amish's lead. But you are right - this weather has been strange. We have had almost two weeks of late April/early May type temps and everything is in bloom. We are a bit further south so we won't be having a cold snap again.

The girls really are getting so big!

angie said...

Hi Barb from your fellow WI resident! :)

This weather has been unbelievable! Our garlic - like yours - is going gangbusters!

Great photos. I can't believe the younger granddaughter is already 6 months!

PatQ said...

Hi Barb, I'm so glad you posted. I love keeping up with what you're doing. As you probably know I didn't retire. It's a good thing though, I wasn't ready yet. I love the pictures of all the budding trees. And your cat and dog's color match! They look like they belong together.

Madge Bloom said...

I'm not ready for gardening yet either and we're now a couple more weeks into spring! I grow garlic too, but not on the scale you do...

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I was just going through my blog-list and thought I'd stop by and let you know that I was thinking about you today! I hope all is well, and you're enjoying your weekend!!