Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Schlocky days make the world turn green again

"Schlock" is the sound your boot makes when it gets stuck in the mud and you pull it out. Hopefully, it's the sound you hear on schlocky days, because otherwise, you just pulled your foot out of your boot, and your boot is stuck in the mud!

Schlocky days happen after the winter snow melt, and after the sudden outburst of spring rain (that we seem to get all at once, and not gently over the course of a month)

Things around here get muddy, FAST. But at the same time, the warmer weather, bright sunshine and water also make the world burst with GREEN - my favorite color. Here are some of the outcomes of spring schlocky days.

The good news is that the pasture turns green FAST. It's nice to come home from work and find the sheep out in the field where they belong, instead of huddled around a bale of hay. The ladies were getting tired of dry, bland food, and are much quieter now that they have fresh grass!

This is Curly Sue, our first light brown lamb. She's getting mighty big, and has a big thick coat like her mom (whose butt is in the photo) Her mom recently got sheared, and looks a mess now, but about half as wide, and probably 10 pounds lighter!

The dogs are enjoying doing their job, too. And get to keep watch over their flock in the field. Atlas is completely in his element here, hanging out with his sheep.

Here's just a big happy group of sheepies, all enjoying their salad! Hoorah!

The rains of spring, and the warm weather have finally brought me my TULIPS! I planted them a year and a half ago, and was disappointed when they didn't bloom last spring. But here they are now!

Tulips are my favorite flower, and I had hundreds of them planted in my little garden at my first house. That house was back east - where water was plentiful, and the topsoil was black. So it's taken a little getting used to, being out here where it is dry, akaline clay. eek!

We have high expectations for our orchard this year. I believe this is an Apricot bursting with blooms. The first year, we expected transplant shock. Last year, we had a late frost that killed many of the blooms and left the trees barren for another year, but this year, things are looking up! We could finally be hitting our stride on the orchard. And that being said, I planted another plum this year, some hazelnuts, currants, and soon to plant some honeyberries and kiwis. It'll be 3-5 years before those start to bear, but I have the patience! They will be worth the wait!

The fruits of our planting labor are finally starting to show. These are some freckled Romaine lettuces I planted, they already look tasty.

A happy little Broccoli. YUM!!

And we believe a pepper plant. A chicken got in the green house and knocked over all my label sticks on our soil blocks, but this sprouted, is NOT a weed, we planted it. It's happy, and we'll find out what it is when it starts producing!