The Homestone

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The tail end of March on the Meadow

"Is it spring, is it morning?
Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then––open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away."
 By Mary Oliver from her Poem "Such Singing in the Wild Branches"

We are so enjoying this crazy beautiful wild time of year!  Warm spring days followed by overnight snowfalls that melt in the sun by noon.  Half of the walk around our meadow is stuck in winter, half is full-on spring and makes a glorious stroll. 

We've had some tremendous March winds the past few weeks so there are trees down here and there that must be dealt with. Some we leave where they lie to offer habitat for critters and to build the soil. Trees that have fallen across our trails will go to our mill yard to turn into floors or counter tops or bookshelves in the addition we're building.

The beavers in our beaver pond are up and about and busy.  The ducks and geese and blackbirds are back, the yellow legs and robins, and a small contingent of swallows have arrived.
Life is good and we are well and truly blessed! 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Early Spring arrivals and a lovely sunny morning

 Care to join me on my morning walk today?  I got out just as the sun was coming up (about 8am) and as luck would have it, it was the sunniest it's been all day.  I'm pretty happy about my timing.  The light was just right.

A few of our spring birds arrived today!  That's very exciting!!  Our lone red winged blackbird who made a brief appearance the other day is now back and on routine, awaiting the rest of his flock, who usually arrive about 10 days after their scout.  
Two Robins appeared and a large flock of Snow Buntings!! 

 Oh thank goodness for spring! Though I want it to come slowly, with time to notice every change and new arrival.
 Thanks for joining me on my walk about this morning.  
See you tomorrow? :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Catkins, open water and early signs of spring...

Ah, the awakening of our 48 acres after her winter sleep. 

The mornings are still cold and hard edged. Fat little catkins gather on the willows and the creek ice has begun to melt.  

I have a little hopscotch of photos to share from my morning walk.  
Thanks for coming along.

Here's to a magical day!!