They say a watched pot never boils, I'm sure it should have been a watched seed never sprouts! My friend promises me winter sowing works. I keep peeking in on them, making sure they are damp enough, warm enough.... and then it snows! This year may not have been the most ideal time to try my black thumb at gardening, but I suppose if it is this cold out nobody is going to be planting anything. So maybe I'm not behind, maybe my little seeds are biding their time, knowing too, that snow is not the ideal climate to begin to germinate. I'm still hopeful... I think.
Even our newest members of the farm; Curby, Kevin, and Sonny, weren't so sure of stepping out of their nice warm enclosure this morning to traipse up into the pasture.
I was sure we were going to have to really encourage the goats up to the back pasture this morning, but surprisingly enough they followed along almost enthusiastically. I'm not sure if it was the promise of greener grass on the other side.
Some mornings, as cold as they are, still have a certain beauty about them. It's on these mornings that I'm reminded winter can't last forever. It may hang on for dear life, but it can't stay forever. Why just the other night, as dusk was falling on the farm, our youngest daughter came running into the kitchen. "Come on, Mum", she said, "come outside with me on the porch for a moment". I stepped out onto the porch not sure of what I was to find. As soon as I closed the door behind me, she said, "listen, Mum, it's the sound of spring, ahhhh and summer!". Sure enough there in the dusk of the evening the peepers were peeping, the air was fresh with the tease of spring to come. The joy on her face at the sound that she will probably always associate with good spring days on the farm, was worth it's weight in gold. Those days when you take just a moment to enjoy the simple things with those you love are the ones you remember.
Here's to warmer days to come..... and maybe a seed or two sprouting!