Spring came early for us this year. Sometimes it just seems early because of all the work involved, but this year, it just plain came early. Every time I turned around, there was something I was behind on. Ever feel that way?
Mornings are a quiet, peaceful time for me. They give me time to renew my mind with the Word of God, figure out how best my day can be used, and to take a few moments to appreciate all that God has blessed us with.
Sounds peaceful doesn't it? It usually is, except this past month I can hear the time ticking away. There is a weeks worth of work that I have to prioritize into one day. I know that you have no idea what I'm talking about!
The land has a way of telling you to get moving....here is one example:
These never bloom until just before the Japanese Beetles arrive. This is the first year ever that we have been able to fully appreciate the blooms without the buds being eaten off the stems first. If you have no experience with roses like me, but would like to have some, be sure and get the Abraham Lincoln variety. They have the old fashioned scent of real roses that is heavenly!
Here are some other excellent scented flowers ... Peonies.
They are great to fill a vase with and provide a sweet scented home.
One of my favorite things about all of these plants pictured above is that they do what they do without any interference from me. No matter how far behind I think I am, they fill the homestead with a new sense of life.
Speaking of which.... here is another thing of beauty. A new calf!
A late afternoon walk revealed a new life. No, it wasn't really a surprise. We knew she was due any day, but thankfully, Scottish Highlands are the best cows at having their calves by themselves.
Here are two calves from last year ...
The red one on the right is our beloved Junebug. She's a cross between a Scottish Highland and a Limousin. If you'd like to learn more about the Scottish Highland breed and how easy they are to keep, just visit the Heartland Highland Cattle Association and scroll down on the front page for details.
Ok, so now I've shown you a few of the easy parts of this homestead that pretty much take care of themselves. The part that has me a bit frazzled is the garden! That's what I don't have enough time in the day for. Between burying the soaker hose along the plants, caging the tomatoes that are ready to put out, transplanting the hundreds of tomatoes still waiting in the greenhouse, fencing off one garden area, picking rock out of freshly tilled rows, mulching, watering, getting more fencing to keep the cows out of the expanded garden ... see what I mean?
Here is a list of what is planted already and you can see from what isn't listed how far behind I am.
Peas (shelling and snap)
Tomatoes (Sunsugar and Grape)
Peppers (Sweet Bells of various colors, Jalapeno and Habanero)
Onions (Red, White and Yellow)
Potatoes (Reds and Yukon Golds)
Here is a list of what is waiting to be planted:
Sweet Cherry 100
and more... but you get the idea.
Ok, so what have you got planted so far??