Tuesday, May 5, 2015

way back in April

Only five days ago, waaaay back in April,
the daffodils were just beginning to appear.
Not the flowers, but the leaves.

And the vinca was just beginning to bloom.

Now, only five days into May,
we've had several days of high 70s.

Yesterday and today went over 80F.
It's like summer.


the trees have not yet leafed out.


instant summer heat, but no summer shade.


The goats aren't complaining, but they're quiet.
Spring came so slowly, most of them are still wearing
remnants of their winter coats.
(Not the babies, of course.)

I'm taking fresh water to all paddocks several times daily,
and today I added electrolytes to some buckets.
Can't hurt.
And besides, goats like a choice.
All goats.
Even baby goats.

Success! That single, perfect blade of grass!

Brief newsflash:

the last big interior task on the porch renovation
is now scheduled for next week!
The gentlemen who urethaned the walls
are coming back to do the floor.

It's going to be exciting to really "move in" at last.

And finally, one special treat to share
from our walk yesterday:

a Great Blue Heron.

And companion.

They are getting ready to move in, too.

I was very close before I saw the herons,
so Piper and I quickly moved on,
leaving them to consider potential nest sites in peace.
Fingers crossed they'll choose to build where 
I'll catch a glimpse now and then.
Such fantastic birds.


  1. The baby goats are just adorable. I could look at photos of them all day long.

    It must be frustrating to have summer heat but no shade! Our trees haven't leafed out yet either but it's only 40°F here!

    I hope the herons nest where we can all catch glimpses of them :)

  2. Such lovely pictures - the black baby goats are gorgeous!! And how lucky to see the pair of herons. I hope they nest somewhere where you can watch their comings and goings!!! Take care, J9 x

    1. Thanks - and I hope so too! Maybe even take a picture or two :)

  3. You have the cutest kids. :)

  4. Fingers crossed for heron nesting closeby - that would be incredible. DH went for walk along river yesterday & reported that beavers had chomped down two clumps of birch trees in the park and were busily creating 'something' in the river. Right in the middle of town!! Methinks the mean ogre parks people will be ousting them right smart quick. (oh yes....and cute kids...do they have names yet??)

    1. Have you noticed all the beaver activity in my pictures from the pond? The are amazing critters. I enjoy watching them and am happy when they are not damming in areas that will cause problems for people...it's hard to blame people who don't want their cellars underwater.
      I'll be interested to hear the outcome of your beaver activity!

  5. Looks like a marvelous May, already underway! Herons - and kids!!!!!

  6. Wow, nice shot of the herons. All you photos are nice.Are you going to have a porch renovation party?

    1. Not a party, exactly, but the porch is certainly where visitors will be entertained as soon as the floor is done, etc. Already everyone who has visited the kids has asked to see it, and without exception, everyone really loves the way the screenporch has been transformed. I believe them, because I do too :)

  7. Ooo - vinca! I'll have to check again this year, but I think letting the chickens free-range occasionally has demolished the small patch of vinca we had. They are rough on my hostas, ours and the neighbor's gardens, ... so now we let them "free-range" with restrictions :)


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