My family caught our first bad cold of the Winter. We all go it, to varying degrees. I am happy to say that herbal remedies and lots of Elderberry syrup was all it took to get through it, but the staggering of sickness had us off our game for over a week. Glad to say we are all back to being well, and were so in time for Istra’s 2nd Birthday!
Momma made the little Kitchen helper a new apron, embroidered with a little blonde girl working diligently in the kitchen! She’s happy to wear her new apron while safely standing in her Little Partners Learning Tower. Her grandparents got together on this one. I was thrilled, because she’s had a couple mishaps with the chair she usually stands on to help, and there is no way I want to deter her, from what seems to be, an inborn passion to cook and wash dishes!
On her birthday the weather was showing all signs of the approaching Spring. Then, 2 days later, the first official day of this new Season was ushered in by a snowstorm!
The Music wall looks so cool, even covered in snow. I can’t wait for the girls to play with that this year!
The Elderberry plants and raspberry bushes in their Spring regalia.
The fence with the branches that will be a lovely trellis for cucumbers this year.
I love listening to the Ducks complain.
Not everyone on the farm complained. The Rabbits didn’t seem to mind a bit, nor did the litter of 8 kits that are all cozily snuggled in the nest Clementine made for them. She kindled 9 a couple days ago, but we lost one, at 1 day old. Not uncommon, and he was pretty tiny compared to the rest. The others seem to be doing well, and they are starting to get there orange fur.
It may be snowing, but the Arugula Microgreens are doing just fine, inside by the window.
Flowers will be blooming soon, but for now we can enjoy the bouquet from Istra’s Party.
Grammy can enjoy the felted flower her granddaughter’s made with a little help from their mom. Needle felting is such a kid friendly craft, especially with the great forms they have now. The girls made the petals and leaves and I helped with the assembly.
And while the snow came down, we read our new book. The Gardener. It’s a fabulous story told in letter form. I simply love it. I think we may do a little project with the book. It’s set during the years of the Great Depression, and while it mentions the peripheral events, it does not mention the event by name. I love that. The little girl the book follows is a real trooper, and family is so sweetly portrayed. I can’t recommend it enough.
A similar theme, but a very different book, is the The Curious Garden. We’ve loved that one for a long time now. It’s about a little boy, who lives in the city, but finds a small patch of Garden. The Garden needs a Gardener, and though he’s not one, he decides to become one. It’s sweet. I love that the gardener is a little boy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your first day of Spring, whether it acted like Spring, or not.