Misty Meadows Farm

  (Payneville, Kentucky)
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Is It Really Spring?

For the past two weeks, we have been enjoying seasonably warm weather for the Ohio River Valley, so much so that things have been getting done "down on the farm". 

Onions are planted, both green and sweet and red, peas are planted and poking through, carrots are in, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and peppers will be planted this weekend (hopefully).  Tomatoes are started, blackberries need thinning..buds on the trees....yes, I'd say Spring is happening.

Last Saturday, March 20th was the first day of spring.  I will always remember that because that's the day that our youngest was born (she's now 29!)  But I always liken Spring to New beginnings, rebirths.  Good for the heart, good for the soul. 

Yesterday, it turned pretty cold and I had to peek again at the calendar to make sure it really is Spring.  Lows this morning close to 30....I pray that we don't have a freeze or frost, although pretty much everything that is growing right now will survive this sudden cold. 

I expect any day now I'll see little chicks running around the farm chasing after their mothers, while they're mothers keep that ever watchful eye on them.  Then I will know that spring is truly here. 

I have seen daffodils blooming in other parts of the county, but for some reason they are always late bloomers here.  Perhaps they are waiting until all is said and done and that's fine with me.

So Happy Spring to everyone and may we enjoy the fruits of our labors this year!

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Snowbirds?

I've come to believe that winter and snow is (sort of) God's way of letting farmers slow down and have "days off"...if one would call it that. 

The beauty of the crisp white snow on the trees, the grass, the barn, etc.  well I think it is good.

The birdhouses are full of birds; I guess it's hard to find food in their usual places with everything so covered in snow.  But the snowbirds come and come and come to our birdhouse outside the dining room window. 

I've misplaced my Birds of Kentucky book, but most of these I've seen so many times that I can recognize them right away. 

Our latest visitor stands out...a Downy Woodpecker...with his black and white feathers and distinct red spot on the head.  What a beautiful bird, much smaller than the Red-Bellied Woodpecker...I'd like to think not as destructive either...both are beautiful nonetheless.

So with the roads such a mess and not really having anywhere to go, I've spent much time gazing out the window watching the birds, listening to their song as they go about their busy work.  If only we could understand what they are saying to each other..."now clean up the nest, we've got food to gather?" or "I'll be gone for a short while, don't talk to any strangers until I get back"...

Would I want to be a bird?  I think not.  I'm glad to be able to enjoy them from my vantage point....and my invisible sign SNOWBIRDS WELCOME HERE.

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Baa Baa Black Sheep

This morning, we woke up to lambs born.  She had triplets, but we lost one before we realized she was even in labor.  The were all a good size.  I thought for sure we would have them last week as it was much colder; historically, our babies have usually come on the coldest night of the season. 

Come to think of it, I'm not sure I remember any babies from any of our farm animals born during the day...oh I take that back...we had baby piglets born on Inauguration Day, right as the oath was being taken!  But it looked cold in Washington, D.C. at that time, so maybe that's it.. ;)

So we have two baa, baa black sheep lambs and they are adorable.  Their momma is a Suffolk and the father too...  I understand they will be all black for a few months and then, they like their parents, will be black and white.

So welcome little ones to this crazy life...you will be loved.

P.S. I wanted to post a picture, but as this is my first post to my new blog, I don't know how to do that...or even if I can.

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