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Spring? Maybe.

 

Here it is April 8 and I am almost ready to concede that Spring has arrived. Almost.

Yesterday I spotted several enclaves of snow tucked into north facing crevices near Beaver Creek and in our woods. (We had 6 inches of snow last Sunday.) The temperature is above freezing at the moment but will drop below that fearful number tonight and every night for the next week. My “frost-proof” faucet at the barn is still frozen. The frost went more than 6 ½ feet deep there. Mr. Jelle, the well driller (water not oil unfortunately), says the frost is eight feet deep in some places. So how can I believe for one moment that Spring has come to our small farm- bees, lambs and tiny green plants.

 

New Bees

New Bees

Yes, bees. Last Thursday the four hives of bees we ordered were picked up from Wolf’s Honey Farm. The wooden and screen traveling bee suites are filled with two thousand plus bees that have come by truck from Georgia. In separate tiny “condo” one queen and her two to four attendants come with each hive. Bob will pour the bees into their new hive home and place their new queen in their midst still in her condo. (It takes time for a hive to accept a queen. So there is a cork – a mini marshmallow or sugar plug- that protects her from her subjects. By the time that they have eaten away this sweet barrier to attempt to kill this foreign queen she is their Queen.) Since there is no food supply out of doors for the bees now, we supply sugar water and some of last years honey for food. Soon (?) the first dandelions and pollen laden willow catkins will appear and our bees will begin their vital job of pollinating flowers, crops and fruit trees and their honey production duties, as well.

 

 

 

New Lambs

New Lambs

Yes, lambs. We have sixteen new lambs playing in a barn here on the farm.  It is a three sided barn so they get lots of fresh air and sunshine. We keep them “inside” with their Mom’s for a couple weeks for two big reasons- coyotes and cows. The bluffs along Beaver Creek, our woods and the riparian areas are home to mama bear and the cubs, assorted deer, rabbits, turkeys, fox, pheasants, voles, raccoon, field mice and coyotes. We don’t want our little lambs to become a coyote’s dinner!!! Our hefty Hereford cows, heifers, bull and year old calves pose a serious deterrent to coyotes during the Spring, Summer and Autumn grazing season. But one missed step now and no more lamb. Chester, the big black dog, guards the farm and his people 24/7.

 

 

Garden Greens

Garden Greens

Yes, tiny green plants. There are tiny green plants cuddled near the south windows of our kitchen -three types of tomatoes, basil, oregano, sage and hollyhocks to name a few. The lettuce greens in the window box placed there will provide most of our green salad for Easter dinner. I was, however, thinking of the tiny green plants tucked under the dead grass on the south side of the house, barns and minor buildings. (The north side still has ice and snow.)  Although I’ll never understand exactly how these stalwart little things survive when the ground three inches below them is frozen. They bring me hope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this season of Hope we send blessings and hope to you and yours.  Pam

 

 

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