Every spring, we create a to-do list of things that need to be done around our small farm. The electric fence charger gave out last fall. The ewes are contained by the vinyl fence around the grove, but the live wire underneath keeps tiny lambs from squeezing under. We wondered if we really needed to replace the charger. Bob let the flock into the grove and within an hour he was chasing lambs across our neighbor's lawn. We replaced the charger.
Our 3-acre pond had more algae than normal last year. I made a note to order a few grass carp. We used to have these weed-eating fish until a harsh winter killed them. I called Kloubec Fisheries and they shipped six fish overnight to my doorstep. They swam away quickly when I dumped them in the pond.
Next on the to-do list is reseeding an old field of alfalfa behind the barn. Meanwhile, the garden calls...
My irises were especially lovely this spring. The grove is in the background.
The bag of six grass carp before I set them free in the pond.
Bob found the one tiny window of warm, dry weather and made the first cutting of alfalfa. It has rained ever since.
We are feeding nine bottle lambs this year. Craziness, but we can't stop now. Poor, little buggers.
Peonies on the kitchen table.