My first hour this morning, of course, was spent observing our newborn kid. She continues to nurse little, and we are supplementing with her mother's colostrum (expressed yesterday evening) and new milk (today).
Throughout this hour, the sheep in the pasture continued an incessant crying. I mistakenly assumed they were hollering for a morning portion of grain, until I walked through the gate in the fence to find ...
another new addition to Dry Hollow Farm. Maisey's lamb was born sometime early this morning, probably as I walked to the barn. She came as a surprise for us - healthy, active, and eating well!
We welcomed a new arrival to Dry Hollow this morning - our first Nigerian Dwarf goat kid.
This is the first pregnancy for Blossom, our blue-eyed doe.
... posting one more photograph of surprisingly-plump-and-sweet carrots harvested this week.
Happy First Day of Summer!
Planted concurrently with carrots during the "long, cold winter," our beets are finally maturing and producing a decent crop (for us).
The lines of trellis I created this fall are gradually filling with pole beans as vines spiral and climb the sapling supports.
Here is a spring shot a week or so after planting.
I planted carrot seeds in late February, during one of the few, brief warm spells of this past brutal winter. Within a week, the seeds were buried beneath a thick layer of sleet and ice, then a sheet of snow. I will admit to low expectations.
The carrots grew excruciating slowly as winter hung around week after week, only beginning to fill out with green leafy tops in May. Yesterday I harvested a few for personal consumption and was pleasantly surprised by their growth.
I also picked our first yellow squash of the season - thus the group photo.
Oding? The vocabulary word for watching dragonflies and damselflies flitting through one's gardens or flower beds (see previous post).
This blue dragonfly spent time this weekend perched atop a rose deadhead.
brings a fair amount of water splashing through our fields!
Bad timing for a tractor malfunction ...
another new arrival. Our Nigerian Dwarf milk goat is due to give birth any day now. With the hot weather, she is growing ever more uncomfortable, especially given her tiny frame.
We keep her in the field throughout the day for the fresh grass and sunshine, then pull her into the barn at night "just in case."
This is our story, in real time and in photos. It is neither unique nor unusual nor extraordinary. But it is our story.