This is my first Spring here at the farm, as I purchased it at the end of June last year. I am still in the discovery stage of all the plants and trees and wildlife here, and am constantly amazed with something new. I am also a bit overwhelmed with how FAST everything is growing! It seems as if one day the ground was sleeping, and the next day it is running wild! The good news is, that everything I have planted is growing very well.
I've planted roses in several locations, hydrangeas, peonies, azaleas and dozens of perennials. Color and placement were a huge consideration...pinks, purples and white against the grey weathered siding of the barn, giant yellow sunflowers against the rusty metal siding of another barn (the one shown above). My neighbor Frank has plowed 6 or 7 acres in the far pasture and is planting corn, watermelons and cantaloupe. He has also plowed me an area to grow heirloom pumpkins and gourds. I'm letting him grow on this spot of my land (and I get all the corn and melons I want), and he does mowing and tractor work for me. Bartering land for services, and we both are happy.
Frank is becoming a good friend, he's a wealth of knowledge about all things farming, and has been a huge help to me. Although he did kill a 40" snake one morning, and left it for me to find and scare me...
Thank goodness my carpenters found it before I did...although they also saved it, but only to show me, not scare me. My son told me it was a corn snake and non-poisonous, but it was still a SNAKE, so no thank you.
This past winter we had a huge ice storm, and several large trees fell into my lake, pulling away part of the dam with their root system. Frank, and a friend of his, came over with their tractors and cleared and removed all of the trees along the lake side of the dam, and reinforced the dam. I called him a lifesaver, he said he was just being a good neighbor. A good neighbor indeed!
In other news, the beadboard ceiling on the porch has all been repaired/replaced...
and is finally being painted blue!
Inside, I have removed all of the dining room wallpaper, and the walls are being replastered and prepared for painting.
The to-do list around here never seems to get any shorter...one thing gets crossed off and three more get added, but I'm having fun and enjoying the process!