Ignoring the few inches of white stuff that stuck around for the past 48 hours, we are still, without a doubt, on the path towards spring. And as such, so much time is being spent out there - in the pastures, in the garden! I couldn't be more thrilled. First things first, a garden shed clean out, for I love having that as a home base out there - a quick respite of shade, a chance to organize and store all the things I need. And then onto Ani's cottage, which really is where all the action happens. I can't believe how much time that little corner of our garden gets - she is so happy there, with her table, a sandbox, a hammock, fire pit, and recently built (by her brother) wood rack. What more does a girl really need? So engaged in their own projects, all the kids, I think it's going to be a fabulous year of garden work and play for us all.
And seriously upping the 'cute' factor out there are the arrival of two new critters, this year's pigs! Patch (after a character in the Newsies) and Batman, they have been named. With their current spot right next to the garden, just on the other side of Ani's garden fence, we're sure to enjoy their company each day.
Yes, there is snow. Yes, there are cold temperatures (I'm layered in wool today). But there's no stopping spring and the excitement of all that comes with that. Seeds are beginning to go into the ground (also, pelleted lettuce and carrot seeds, where have you been my whole life? love!), corners tidied, plans made, and livestock added. Spring is here!