Spring is alive at the farm and the surrounding woodlands and wetlands. The frogs have been peeping for weeks, and now after their loud rituals we are finding egg sacks in the "frog pond" and along the banks of the brook and stream.
Soon, the eggs will be hatching and tiny tadpoles will swarm the waterways that surround Hurricane Farm.
Even though there were seemingly thousands of frogs at the start of the "peeping," they are hard to spot now that the mating is all over. Here's one of the little guys. Who would expect something so small to make a sound so large?
In addition to the creatures, the plants are also popping up all over the place. Here is a Skunk Cabbage making its way up through the muddy bottoms of the stream.
And of course manure needs to be hauled. We started moving some up from the back manure piles, but there is still much more to move. We'll be tilling the gardens soon and we're also eagerly awaiting the next batch of "four-legged-tillers" (or piglets) who will be arriving in a couple of weeks.
There is still a lot to clean up from sugaring season, though. And both Erica and Violet spent hours working on this task. Gathering and hauling empty buckets from the woods, cleaning and scrubbing buckets, pails, spiles, and tubes, and getting it all packed away for next year takes more than an afternoon!
It was so sunny and warm that Violet felt compelled to break out not only her sun hat, but the sun-screen too! The finished Sugaring Pavillion is there in the back, still awaiting its roofing job...soon to come...
We also disassembled the bee hive, cleaned it out, and got it all ready for its new inhabitants. Hopefully we'll have better weather this coming summer and the bees will be able to prosper.
And, let's not forget, the arrival of the new farm animals. Just hours ago we welcomed our first lamb of the year! As always, it's busy busy busy here at the farm!