Monday, March 21, 2011

~WELCOME SPRING~

Welcome spring....I know the calender officially informs us today is the first day of spring....and I did happen across a flock of rather scrawny looking robins this morning....However, it appears Old Man winter refuses to exit without a fight.... snow is indeed falling....two to six inches predicted for our area here in Southern Maine. For now.... I leave it to these delightful tulips to put a smile on my face. No, sadly they were not found in my garden....but the grocery store. At seven dollars a pop they certainly are not inexpensive, but they do serve their purpose well. There is just something about spring flowers that can lift one's spirit. There was a bit of warm weather over the weekend....enough warmth in fact if you discovered that perfect spot for the lawn chair.... in the lee.... you could actually feel the warmth of the sun radiating on your face. The chickens.... now let out from their coop discovered a dry patch of earth and immediately went to work bathing and preening. Such sounds of delight and happiness could be heard. There are certain sounds that chickens make that are unique.... for instance....they do purr with delight while bathing in the dirt.... make a deep throaty sound upon a discovery of a worm.... insect or rodent.... a sound that others in the flock will stop what they are doing.... take notice and attempt to snatch this treasure away.... there is the triumphant sound of a prized laid egg and of course the warning cackle of impending danger. Chickens are a great source of entertainment and enjoyment.... this enjoyment will carry me through till I can get my hands in the warm dark soil of the garden....oh... and that snow blower my husband put away for the season....fueling her up as I type....Happy Spring everyone!

15 comments:

Ginny said...

We had it all this a.m. Snow, sleet and rain. Now it is foggy as all heck with snow still on the ground. Our high whihc is right now, a whopping 39 degrees. We may get the same on Wednesday!! Happy Spring.

Courtney said...

Ah, spring's fickle ways! I love your description of the chickens and the sounds they make! We just need to think of this white stuff as "poor man's fertilizer" and know it'll be gone soon enough! We are beyond the worst! Tomorrow they say high 40's here in northern MA...hope you find the same!
Courtney

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

so pretty...love the tulips

so HAPPY to see you today

sending love to all at Dog Trot Farm...

kary and teddy
xxx

Holly Hills Primitives said...

We're supposed to have bad weather on the way again too. Darn!!! Snow and freezing rain combined sure don't sound like spring. Oh well, at least it's supposed to stop before Saturday and our open house - but the temps are only going to be in the 30's. Have a good week, Dawn

acorn hollow said...

We went to the beach yesterday and while it wasn't warm I did enjoy smelling the air and the sun on my face. and today snow we are going to get 3-6 I am over the snow.
Happy Spring
cathy

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I'm still begging my husband for my hens. I don't know how much more begging and pleading he can stand. Maybe for my Bday in May!!

Farm Girl said...

I was just thinking about the sounds my hens make today as I was listening to them chatter. My girls that I got last year still remember that when they lived in the garage bathroom it was warm and safe. They still all come up on my patio and stand at the bathroom door, when they get cold. I just love it and I love the sounds they make as I am standing folding clothes and I can see them as close as they can get without being in the house.
My life is richer because I have a friend in Maine who loves chickens and I am thankful.
I am keeping your family and Winslow Homer in my prayers.
Hugs from me to you.

Larkrise garden girl said...

That is exactly how sweet chickens
sounds. I can hardly wait til next year for some chicks. Cheri

Nezzy said...

Yep, we get some of our deepest snows here in our frost holler in March. One day can hit eight and the next day the high can be thirty. Those March snows never last long though.

God bless ya and have a beautiful so called 'Spring' day sweetie!!!

henbogle said...

The snow is pretty, especially as I know in my heart it won't last much longer....

I too love the various chicken noises, they are such enjoyable creatures, I cannot imagine life without them.

Jemm said...

May this be some hope for you: Last Monday we had 6" of snow. Today it was 80 degrees. Spring WILL come! :)

Pondside said...

You really pegged that lovely sound the chickens make when they're very happy. I had a little flock a few years ago that would make that sound whenever they saw me. They'd run to the fence when I walked up the drive - it was lovely.

Rural Rambler said...

Julie they mentioned the S word in our forecast last night. I ignored it. Hope you are having some sunshine today. I know it the sun isn't shining there at Dog Trot you will just make some sunshine of your own!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

We were in Maine last weekend and it was beautiful! I love watching our neighbors chickens! How is your pup Winslow Homer doing?

Peacemom said...

Hi Julie, just wanted to say thank you for the well wishes over on my blog. Yesterday was a tough one, today is better. I don't stay bogged down too long, always leaning forward. Just wanted you to know that I appreciate your blessing sent my way, it means a lot to me. Peace to you, ~Vonnie