Things are starting to green up here in our part of the world. I love the fact that it is warmer out and we don't have to be as bundled up in layers to combat the cold. The mud is mostly gone and the house is easier to keep clean, although it only stays clean for about an hour considering all the four footed traffic that goes in and out the door.
I'm looking forward to the orchard blooming - hoping that it will and that I will be around the day it does, not off teaching somewhere. I love to walk amongst those boughs full of blossoms.
Our orchard is one of those like many around here that was abandoned in the 1980's. It became too hard for farmers to make money raising apples and other fruits as imports increased. Our trees have reverted to blooming and bearing fruit every other year. We don't do anything to them except harvest the fruit in the fall. I'm hoping that we have a good crop this year as it is the year that they should bloom and bear fruit.
Some of the branches are covered in a pretty grey/green lichen that I'm sure I could use for dyeing wool if I wanted. I love looking at lichen - every little patch is like its own little world.
The daffodils are doing their thing.
The bulbs I planted a few years ago are multiplying nicely. It's nice that there is a flowering plant that the sheep and deer really don't bother with.
The flowering quince is such a pretty shade of pink. Must bring some blooms in for the kitchen table.
Here's one of the lambs that has just arrived at the pasture in front of our house. It is a lovely sight to have a field full of sheep grazing outside your windows, I must admit.
Good week everyone.
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.