Ah spring…

In between rain showers, I’ve been trotting out to the garden space to pick weeds and ready things up for planting. The rains have been just frequent enough to dampen the surface of the soil but not make for too much of a mess when I tippy-toe out there (IE: not disturb the soil structure …

Sunshine! Yippee!

Gorgeous, gorgeous day for us this day. The sun is shining. The skies are (almost) cloudless and the temperatures are to be pretty mild~ 49 degrees here now. The chickens are ecstatic, fluttering this way and that~ searching out the best morsels and new little grass shoots. All the windows in the house are wide open …

Good morning from a chilly farm in NW Montana! Have a wonderful Easter Day!       Today’s count: Unknown~ too early to tell yet  🙂 What’s for supper: Beef steaks over an open fire and salad with s’mores in GNP. Weather: Patchy freezing fog before noon. Sunny, with a high near 51. Calm wind …

Very windy today. I swear the whole of March is like a lamb and all of April roars like a lion. The weather models indicate that we are having 20 mph gusts but it feels harsher.  We need the wind. Our soil is still completely saturated with water. The only way we will rid ourselves …

We’ve been busy here on the farm. But I don’t have a lot to show for all our busyness. The teenage chickens are getting so big it’s hard to tell apart them from the mature hens. Little by little the weather is warming. We still have freezing temperatures at night. And the breeze has a …

it’s snowing

Okay. It is just April.   No one is impressed.   Today’s count: 32 eggs What’s for supper: Fish tacos and cole slaw Weather: Rain and snow showers, mainly before 3pm. High near 46. South wind 8 to 14 mph becoming west southwest. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is …

Quick note

Just a quick note and more later (I think I say that a lot: more later. My intention is to return to the blog later in the day to update and continue my thoughts. But as time is apt to do~ it runs from me and I find myself falling into bed in the night without …

Spring showers are scheduled for all day today and the rest of the weekend. But the temperatures are to stay above freezing! That’s great news! I’m going to plant some Swiss chard and some spinach seeds in flats later today to snuggle under lights in the basement garden. We’ll put the transplants out as soon …

Just a little time off

We took a quick jaunt to “the big city” for a swim in an indoor pool, dining in restaurants, dawdling in bookstores and sleeping in without animal chores. It was a delightful 48 hours. We are lucky that we have wonderful neighbors who allow us the luxury of a few days away by caring for …

Drying out

We are drying up. We still have standing water in lots of places. But the water is definitely receding. The strong sunshine and mild breezes out of the west help a lot.   Here’s our driveway just 4 days ago.     Here we are this morning. Still wet but not too bad. And look …