Our lower orchard in the fog this morning. It was so ethereal.
This orchard is far from the house and very overgrown. When we first moved here it was so full of brambles that you could barely walk. Old apple trees have fallen down and wild roses have grown up through. We've been using the sheep to help revive the old orchard.
We have nicknamed this orchard "coyote country" because we frequently hear the coyotes down there wooping it up. The sheep will venture down there usually during the daylight hours because there is good feed and sheep are all about the good grass.
A couple years ago, The Farmer dug a "pond" in a wet spot. He did it with the bucket on the tractor so it is basically a square hole in the field about 8 by 10 feet. Not much of a pond, mind you. It fills up with water and the sheep use it when they need it. It is basically a frog pond but pretty in its own right.
It's amazing how a little water adds interest to a scene.
Since the growing lambs are now venturing into "coyote country," we have brought Eeyore in to keep an eye on them. He seems to be taking his job quite seriously and we will hope for the best.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.