We had a smattering of rain this morning right around dawn. It didn't amount to more than making the deck wet, but it was the first moisture we've had in the form of rain (or snow!) in a couple/few weeks.
The good part of not having received much precipitation is that the garden soil is finally drying out. Yesterday I was able to do a little work in the raised beds.
I cleaned up the bed I'm trying to fill with peppermint in the hopes I might, someday, be able to harvest a year's supply for Papa Pea's daily morning cup of peppermint tea.
I uncovered the bed of rhubarb and comfrey. Both are showing teeny-tiny shoots of new growth.
Of course, the blasted quack grass is starting to rear its ugly little green head in several of the raised beds so I dug it out of about three beds leaving the rest for later.
Yesterday we had to move and restack quite a bit of lumber, some of it older and dry, some of it newer and wet. There were 8, 10, and 12' lengths of both and the wet lumber was Heavy. (Yes, Heavy with a capital H!)
I also split quite a few bundles of slabwood into small wood for next heating season.
Between all those activities, some muscles got used that are complaining a wee bit today. (But it's all good, right?) Not to be too indelicate, but today I'm well aware of the muscles in my (ahem) buttocks (bending in the garden, I'm sure) which got more use than they apparently have all winter.
While working outside most of the day yesterday we got to see four different "V" formations of wild geese winging their way northward. A sure sign of spring.
As for our domestic geese, we have two females sitting on nests. Time will tell the results of that.
There's also a female Muscovy duck who has been sitting in a corner of the chicken house, of all places, on a nest of eggs. When Papa Pea went out for afternoon chores today, he thought he got (maybe, possibly) just the quickest glimpse of a fuzzy yellow head peeking out from beneath her! If that proves to be true, I'll have pictures to share soon. Stay tuned.
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