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April 10, 2011

Spring--LOVE it!

Spring has indeed sprung!
A new calf, new growth on everything (yellow pollen everywhere), the bees are installed in their new homes and the garden has begun to produce--the first beans, strawberries, and continued lettuce and radishes. The special heirloom tomatoes I ordered as transplants have not come in yet, I am looking forward to when they get here!
Garden pics:
baby squash

thousands of bees!

Texas Bluebonnets

one of my favorite roses

Squash blooms

sunset on the farm 4.8.11

a light lunch!

Cattle news:
April is so much fun, running and cavorting about the pasture, playing with the dogs and generally being very cute.
Vera has a nice udder and is getting into the routine of milking; she is contrary at times, but overall her learning curve is not so steep, and we are getting better at the milker so our learning curve is improving too!
The colostrum has turned to milk and it makes me burst with joy to open the fridge and see 8 gallons of milk!
Soon, very soon the cheese press will get back into use!
Lizzie is developing a nice looking udder too, and hopefully before month's end we will have another calf!
Life on the farm is work, and it is so rewarding.

The fact that Charlye will graduate in a few weeks is sinking in. The JROTC Awards Banquet was last night, the kids looked so sharp in their Class A uniforms! Josh escorted Charlye for her presentation as a senior. Oh goodness, it was hard not to cry. We are so proud of both of them, these wonderful, smart, loving young adults that we used to call "the babies".

Wishing you all a wonderful spring-y week!


  1. Oh Joy! It is wonderful to hear such good news and to see such beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great looking family! I understand how proud you are...we are with our two who are much older with families of their own now.

    Please explain the picture right after the light lunch picture. I don't know what I am seeing.....

    I will be following your cheese making. I have never made hard or aged cheese.

  3. Those are the two Top Bar bee hives, with the empty travel boxes in front of them.
    More on Top Bar hives here: