“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Has Spring Arrived?

I may just have stumbled upon the secret to ushering in Spring.


It seems that all one need do is update one's mantle decor to something spring-like... 


and voila!

The mercury rose to 55 degrees yesterday...
an almost miraculous occurrence after this long, cold, snowy, extended winter.

In the blink of an eye, the snow began to melt and the daffodils emerged from 
their slumber. 
They broke through the soggy earth and headed toward the sun 
right in front of my eyes, I swear!


As you can see, rivers of "meltage" run everywhere.
I don't believe it will be dry around here for quite a long time.


The front pasture was in need of a clean-up,
and once again I headed out on foot, lugging the manure cart behind me.
What a relief it will be when the pastures are once again navigable by gator.


Still, to be outside with only a light jacket on was heavenly.


The horses had spent the day in the front pasture, and by late afternoon
they were in need of naps.


Sadly, there's not a dry spot for napping - which doesn't seem to bother them...
they simply lie down in the mud.


It's a tough time of year to keep anyone looking polished.

We have a bit of a rooster situation brewing.
We've only two remaining...

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