to celebrate the publication of my new book


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.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

May Morning

Beautiful stretch of weather here in western Massachusetts. We feel like we are turning a corner towards spring. What a nice feeling. 

We are waiting for the grass to grow. The sheep desperately want to start eating their greens. It is warm now but we need rain. You can't put the animals on the grass too early. If you do, they will eat the grass right down to the roots and it won't grow back. The slices in the photo below were made with a rented "no-till seeder." It's a machine that goes on the back of the tractor. It slices the earth and deposits grass seed at the same time. The beauty of it is you don't have to plow, pick rocks (yes - by hand), harrow, and seed. It doesn't do as good a job but it is quick and an easy way to revive a pasture where the grasses have died away and weeds have moved in.

It's all a matter of timing, heat and waiting for rain before the grass is ready for the sheep.

Took a nice little walk outside this morning with Winston. What a happy boy. Doesn't he look like he is smiling?


Here are the signs and colors of early spring here at Leyden Glen Farm. 



Have a great day everyone.


Corina Sahlin said...

You know, I think Winston doesn't just LOOK like he is smiling, he IS smiling! And why wouldn't he? Frolicking in such a beautiful landscape... with sheep to bark at... it's doggie heaven!

mn_bird said...

Thank you for the shot of color! I needed it. It has been a very wintry spring in the Midwest!

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

I love the light in your photos.