Lets see on the horse front, my folks are starting to price out the shipping costs on Samwell, its looking like he will be heading out mid to late june or this fall depending on which run he gets put on.. We had the first Ferrier visit since getting Caleb and he was a dream to work with, my ferrier is in love with him, but lets face it, other then the comment I get all the time on.. He is so! big, everyone loves him.. I went for my first solo of farm ride with him this week and it went very well indeed.. only about 45 min in total but baby steps.. I did agility ground work training with him and he was just great at it, and I found out that he has a neat trick.. if you drop the lead to the ground when you put his halter on, he will reach down, pick it up and hand it to you! adorable!
Healthwise, I was as weak as a kitten after being sick but I am getting stronger now, I do x amount of work so many times a day till I am huffing and puffing and each day it take more and longer times to make that happen.. but I will own up to going to bed very early indeed on a few of those days.. still work is getting done and I am slowly but surely getting caught up.. three weeks of down time in the spring is not good for me, the house or the farm.
My peahen has either gone walk about or she is sitting on a nest, the Vlad the peacock has disappeared for upwards of most of day and then shows back up for supper, so he at least appears to understand.. this is home.. but its my understanding that he is not able to breed this year so either a) she is sitting on a nest that will never hatch or b) she will show back up with babies in tow..
The way that girl can fly, I am not worried about her getting caught unless she refuses to leave the nest in a push come shove.. most females are smart enough to fly away..
The buns are growing well, two more girl are expecting.
I am a little sad, after the piggy garden rampage that summer, we had tried to replant as many of the uprooted and non-eaten strawberry plants as possible, it would appear that we have just over hundred of them that have made it though the winter.. I know a hundred plants is still a good amount but we had planted around 200 new ones last year.. so I only have half the planned plants give or take for this years cropping, on the other hand, those that made it though are looking good, and I will pick out twenty and let them make babies, and will pinch out the other 80 to 90 of them for next year.. yes, I need to weed and bed them down, I have the straw, its on the hit list!
The currents are in love with this cool, slow start to spring.. the older bushes are now pushing five feet in height and all my new babies are two to three feet high, they are averaging about a foot in growth in regards to height and around two feet in width yearly, very pleased, now if I could just find some good black ones.. I have lots of red and putting in more white all the time but I have not yet found a black one that will handle the overwintering here on the farm..
The sunchokes not only made the winter but are spreading nicely, they have at least another year or two before they will spread out and cover the area they have been given, and then I will hopefully be able to start harvesting for our own use and for transplanting to other area’s of the farm, everyone says they grow like weeds but this is the first kind that I have had good luck on growing!
It will have been a week tomorrow since we got the new rhubarb and we have been faithful in our watering and the big new row of 12 is looking very fine indeed.. while some are coming better then others, all look like they are doing well and I have faith they will all grow well to set down those new roots.
Its violet and Spruce tip harvest season here on the farm.. my plan to transplant violets into different area’s of the garden is working very well, my biggest patch is in a area that I normally run the horse’s on later in the season, so I need to move more over to the big garden as they difference in growth there compared to the food forest is extreme.
There is just a slight chance that we might (depending on cloud cover) have frost this weekend, I hope they are wrong as my plums are out in full bloom right now..
Stepping away from the garden for a moment, Dear Hubby was interviewed in regards to his writing on the radio as he is on the panel for a up and coming can-con event in Ottawa.. Way to go hon..
Ok, that is round two of photo catchup..