I don't like to wish away anything. Especially time. Do you remember as a child counting down the sleeps till Christmas? It seemed to go on forever..
I do love Winter here. The rain, the frost, the snow, the deciduous trees, the vegetables, the fires, the warm dishes, the coats, and beanies. Snuggling up with my loved ones. Then Spring peeks it head around the corner and it seems like everything bursts with LIFE, HAPPINESS and COLOUR. And I can't help counting those sleeps.
Pattie produced a gorgeous little calf last Saturday. Fortunately the beautiful little thing is a girl, so we will keep her to breed and also keep Pattie company (the kids haven't come up with a name yet.) We weren't sure in the beginning how many animals we could comfortably feed on our farm, by using a strip graze system we have been able to work out the type of animals and the number of animals. So at the moment Pattie and her calf graze in a section for a period of time and then when they move to a new section the chickens come in and scratch and eat all the goodness left by the cows. It works well for the animals and the land.
With the smell of Spring I have been madly preparing garden beds, shifting poo, and planting as much as possible. We don't have a greenhouse or poly tunnel so Ben used a glass door, we just had removed from the house, and made me this incredible greenhouse box. I have planted a variety of tomatoes, chilli, beetroot, lettuce, goji, basil and lavender in there so far. The seasonal choices are so exciting.
Then there's the flowers!
Do I seem a little excited about Spring?
Seven more sleeps.