Greetings. Tis a windy, raw and rain soaked day here in Vermont..though the sun did come out briefly, and unexpectedly, a few moments ago. I hope your weekend was a lovely one and that you had a fun and perhaps earth friendly "Earth Day". We had a fun, relaxing weekend, and a lovely, productive Earth day which, by the way, came to an exciting and slightly nerve wracking end ...(more on that in a moment)
Saturday we did some gardening and yard work..we are just about finished with Spring clean up and we've planted asparagus..something I have ALWAYS wanted to grow but always seem to miss the window for planting it..This year..we FINALLY got two bundles into the ground :)
...Saturday evening we took Kurt Ryan out for a birthday dinner..his birthday is actually next Sunday but he will not be home as he has scuba diving class all weekend.
On Sunday after giving the house a thorough cleaning, we bundled up (it was absolutely raw out..36*, rain and wind) and began the sheds renovation...for our future Chicken home!!!
I am SO excited about finally having chickens...Mark and I have really started to seriously think about, plan and put into effect our desire to be more sustainable, to do more with our 10 acres and truly work this property of ours. I can not tell you how excited I am about this whole thing...it is something I have always wanted to do and a way in which I have always wanted to live. AND..I can not wait to look out my window and see this....
(photo courtesy of petit poulailler)
After doing a bit of hoeing out of the shed (we've a LONG way to go and it has much work yet to be done to it)...we dug up a colander full of horseradish root and headed inside to a cozy fire, a hot cup of coffee and made horseradish.....
..Well..Mark made horseradish..I made Maple Oatmeal Cookies..hence the reason our kitchen looks so very messy and cluttered in this photo above..
I added dried cranberries to half the batch..mmm..
After we were done in the kitchen, we showered, put on our comfy clothes and settled in to watch "Ingredients", which, if you've not seen it, I highly recommend it. :).
AND then...at 9:15, while I was reading and Mark had gone off to bed I heard a loud thump on the front porch, I didn't think to much of it, thinking it was the wind as it was gusting quite hard, a couple minutes later I heard a much larger bang so I got up to see what was happening; thinking perhaps there was a fox on the porch bothering Jacob..which happens from time to time..we have the only cat who actually has standoffs with foxes...I try my hardest to keep him inside but he hates being in the house. ANYWAY...I switched on the porch light and one of these guys was out there!!!!!!!
The minute the light turned on he jumped off the porch and ran off into the woods...of course, this was after having pulled my bird feeder down & knocking over some wood from the wood pile AND when he jumped from the porch to the ground, he landed on one of my hydrangea bushes and smooshed it! Let me tell you..we often hear of this happening here in our neck of the woods and every time it happens I say to Mark; "how come we never see them in our yard..I want to see one"...well, I can tell you now...it was not the fun experience I thought it would be..Oh, I was thrilled that I actually saw one in real life..but good gracious..it was scary!!! My heart was racing and my hands were shaking......that was a little too close for comfort!!
Well, that was our weekend :).....an eventful one to be sure...
Now tis time for me to get back to work :)
Wishing you a fantastic week :)Doreen
By the way..do you see that adorable goat photo at the bottom of the kitchen picture? That was taken by the lovely Kristi Nay..isn't it precious..I love looking at it each morning :)