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Thursday, April 10, 2014

More Farm Help

    Audra and the boys made a mid-week run up to the farm today to help with garden planting, chicken chasing, digging in the dirt and flower smelling, among other things. I loved having them here. The gardens are so beautiful all Spring and it's sad that so few people are here to see them.
    Zane helped me plant some more potatoes and onions, along with carrots, dill and a few yellow squash. The onions and potatoes that Brendan, Maggie and Everett planted a few weeks ago are up and looking great. See them in this top picture? We gave them a good drink while we were watering in today's seeds.
     You can see in this bottom picture that we really, really need a good soaking rain around here. There is rain in the forecast for this week-end so we're keeping our fingers crossed.  Z had shoveled up some dirt into the bucket below and we were dusting in the carrot seeds. The peas I planted below that chicken wire there haven't come up but I have a few up in other locations here and there.  Oh well. You never know what's going to work and what isn't.  It may have been a little too cold when I planted them. I have more seed; maybe I'll try again.

After we ran out of seeds we started on the next project which was digging up the 'stickery plants' (purple thistles) out of Maggie's Wood and beyond.  Zane and I had done quite a bit of this last Fall but it is never ending work and better to catch them young than to let them get carried away with themselves.

We dug up two buckets full of plants and tossed one over the bank of the creek and the other, later, into the fire pit where they will be burned once they dry out.  Zane gave them all a good scolding while they were being cut out of the ground.  It ran something like this, " You going to jail, stickery plant! You be bad. You no bite me, I a good guy. You going to jail."
    After lunch and naps all around we headed to the creek for some serious fun. We had already been to the creek once, earlier, but didn't stay long because Ro was very tired.
The second time down there we all did a little wading and discovered the water was still "berry cold", perfect for wading but not so warm enough for swimming yet.

 Ro didn't like the sand much and certainly didn't like the water. By that time he was tired, hot and, in his defense, he is cutting five teeth at the same time, four of them are molars, so he isn't the happiest little guy right now. He may be an overachiever however.

Audra and Ro stayed back to play in the sand a little while Z and I walked to the bridge and back, during which time we saw several tiny brown frogs, lots of little blue dragonflies and lots of full sized dragonflies as well. Z noticed that all the dragonflies seemed to be "riding on they backs" for some reason. Yeah, they do that a lot this time of year.

Ro got too hot down by the water and he and his mama headed back to the house while Z and I did some rock throwing, and "accidentally' fell in a time or two to test the coldness of the creek. Check: too cold for swimming, just like mama said.

    We stopped by his 'stick house' (a.Ka. his fort) in the woods for awhile, doing a few repairs and pretending to make fires, be aliens and such.  We always have to go up to a separate place there and 'get married' like they do in Beauty and the Beast. We dance and sing and then we go back to making fires. I love it. I always forget about the getting married part but it is part of the ritual of the forest for Z and I.
    We had once again forgotten to wear our camelbacks so we had to go to the house eventually, to get a drink of water.  Playing fort is very thirsty business. Next time I'll remember. Maybe.
     We did some swinging, some more digging of the stickery plants, fed the chickens and got two more eggs.  One of the hens is laying double yolkers now and he thought that was soooooo funny.  It is pretty cool.  Soon it was time for them to load up and head home so they could be there when Daddy got home from work.  Next time I'll have some plants and a tree or two purchased so we can plant some more things together. I thought it was especially nice when Z said, while we were wading in the creek, "We do this some more at Farm Camp when 'Brentton' and Maggie are here. They like this creek."  He so loves being near his cousins now and looks forward to sharing play time with them.  I'm glad they all get to share so many things together.  

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