Wow, has life ever been busy lately! The past week seems to have just slipped away in a blur of activity – gardening, violin teaching, concert organising, gardening, gardening, gardening – and of course there’s always the usual household chores, laundry, animals to feed, stalls to clean, yarn to spin, clothes to be knit & sewn. Plus the children, my sweet, amazing children, who are the centre of everything and the reason for it all, who need to be read to, pushed on swings, splashed with in the wading pool, tickled, baked with in the kitchen, snuggled on the couch, taken on adventures, bathed, fed, and constantly adored. Yes, life has been full and rich and busy. Every day I am finding so much to be grateful for, and so happy to be alive.
The gardens are coming along well, after a super-wet Spring and a late planting start. We have some tiny tomatoes starting to grow, sweet little green balls hanging delicately from the plants. I can’t help but grin when I look at them. The cucumber plants are covered in beautiful flowers (won’t be long now!). We’ve had some delicious garden salads with kale, lettuce, spinach, chard. Radishes are almost ready, carrots are coming along beautifully. Our beans look amazing! Squash plants flourishing, Brussels sprouts growing, broccoli heads beginning to form. After many farm animal mishaps in the gardens, we’ve finally got our garden fence properly goat-proofed and chicken-proofed. No more tears over plants being eaten! The gardens seem grateful indeed, to no longer be living in fear.
Our chicks are thriving and growing so fast. Can it really be only last month that I hatched those eggs in the incubator? Really!? Those sweet little chickies run around with the big girls these days, darting in and out of the tall grass, eating bugs and testing their wings. They are incredibly amusing to watch, so little and dear, and there’s something all the more special about them because I hatched them here, in my dining room, after turning those eggs three times a day, every day, for three solid weeks.
The goats are growing fast, too. Alice’s kids are already almost as big as Daisy (our bottle-fed kid, who, admittedly, is really on the small side – really), and Mazie is almost full grown! She’s catching up to Alice, fast. With the grass being so long around here, there’s been an endless supply of grazing land for the goats, who are almost always tethered in the front yard, or under the laundry line, or along the bushy side of the driveway. They keep things somewhat in check and there’s a never-ending source of free food!
And speaking of long grass, we’ve seen many amazing snakes in the yard. An incredible thing happens when you stop mowing the lawn – it becomes a habitat! Garter snakes, fox snakes, a wide array of birds (many, MANY of whom have chosen to nest in our trees!), a huge variety of beautiful butterflies, all have been attracted to the yard this summer, due mostly to the lush and diverse plant life covering the property. I love it! Every day there is something new to discover. Now, if only people would stop making snide remarks about our lawn needing cutting!
Yes, these days are busy. Soon we will be at the farmers’ market on weekends, too, which will add a whole new dimension to life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.