The past few days have been magical. Totally magical. It is still a bit cold out but once we are outside working for a little while, it is wonderful. We have been exploring our woods every moment that we get free. We are working on a redo of our garden. Last year we just planted in the ground and did not make any changes. Permaculture teaches to get to know your land for the first year without doing anything permanent. Though it was hard, I am so happy that we did. We took a year to follow all the seasons and get to know where the land gets too soggy after rain, where the water flows, where the sun lands during different times of day and year. I pulled out a drawing that I made my first month here. All those plans would not work now that I know this land a little better.
Yesterday we got the call we had been waiting for and took a break from the garden. There was a box full of our chicks waiting for us to pick up. A noisy little box of cute little fluff balls. Just what we needed. We left our brooder box in the barn back at the Florida house and I have not had the room to bring it back on any of our visits. So the next best thing I could think of was a plastic baby pool. We tucked it into a corner in the playroom close to the woodstove where its nice and warm.
If I need to find any of my children right now, I need only walk downstairs and I will find them. In that corner, reading a book with a chick. Playing closeby, taking an occasional break to visit a little yellow puffball. And then there is Matthew. He is obsessed and we are keeping him in our eyesite at all times. He loves very deeply and chicks can’t handle that. So, we let him hold his chick for a few minutes and then do our best to distract him with something else. Luckily, I need say is the word “outside” and he will gladly follow.
The older hens have been happily underfoot during our redo of the garden and I have to be very careful not to step on them or plow them over with the wheel barrow. Anywhere that they see a shovel in hand, they are right by ourside in the case that a juicy earthworm should be uncovered. I think they are enjoying early spring as much as we are. This morning I got visual proof when the eggs were gathered. A double yolk is a lovely thank you.
Tomorrow we will continue with the garden and I will be sharing that project with you. Right now, I need to soak and diffuse some oils to help with the pains that always come with breaking my winter laziness and getting back into the swing of things.