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Written by Sue, Friday March 14, 2014             bright sunny,day, temps. 60's spring can't be to far away!

To get to this point 
 of being the recipient of beautiful flowers, herbs, and garden veggies, there is a lot of preparation to do, but it is so worth the effort.

This was my herb garden on Wednesday, just look at that mess, the Rosemary looks weather worn, I almost turned around and went back inside, until I heard Peter Rabbit  laughing at me so I told myself, "I will show him who has the last laugh." Winter played havoc on all our gardens..... So lets get those hands dirty,and see what we can do! I probably would have gone back inside if Mr P. wasn't standing by with his tools. ~Grin~
There is so much satisfaction when a job is completed! I kept taking photos, It is now ready for planting. Even Peter Rabbit got a scrubbing, I promised him a new coat of paint..soon. The weather co-operated with Mr P and I this week, warming our  hearts and bodies!
As I work in the herb garden  I "dream" of  growing  and gathering fresh herbs, to use and to dry for later use. I also use this time to think,meditate, and pray. How about you? As I said there  has to be some hard work, but the rewards are so worth it.
~Gather the children and grandchildren it's show and tell time~

 Some of the pleasures of gardening are finding friendly little guys like Mr Toad, I just had to stop and play with him, he even talked back to me. Mr P. reminded me of the old wives's tale of warts, no warts will come I promise~ smile!
Mr Toad"s brother was found in the main garden where we planted the ENGLISH peas, he wasn't quite ready to come out.
My first butterfly sighting of the season, surely you must have heard me squealing with delight., I also played with her, she seemed so delighted to have the company.
(Eastern Black Swallowtail)
I was so shocked to see one so early, Dh said she was a newbie, I agreed, so to protect her from the cold night ahead, I took her and placed her among the new plants I had purchased sitting in the garage.

We  planted English peas Tuesday as it was the last day for above ground crops for March, we plant by the phases of the moon.
 Yes, that's moi, sowing the peas, I loved the warm sunshine on my back, it was 80 degrees and I will admit to sweating a bit.... "loved it"
In a few weeks this is what they will look like, see what I mean about dreaming,

While I went in to get us some refreshment, this is how we drink ice tea when working outside, no loss or broken sets of glasses.Besides this is the way country folks drink ice tea.
Dh went to check on the ewes as we have some who are due, guess what he found, a new lamb, this is this ewes first time, she is an excellent mother. Do you see the white sheep in the background?
This one sheep slides through the gate to the horse pasture every day and can't get out by himself, so here I go corralling him to get through the gate,looks like he would soon learn,never a dull moment around here. ~smile~
While I was busy with the wayward lamb, the shepherd was coaxing the mama to the barn, she willing went, you might think this lamb looks weak, not so, the next day he was running around with the other lambs, thinking himself as big as they were. ~smile~
OH! well playtime is over so back to work we go, here is another project we have been working on, and a hard laborious one it was and still is! This is sheep compost we are trying this year, stay tuned.
So I just keep on dreaming....Are you dreaming with me about your garden?

Enjoy your weekend.


Vee March 14, 2014 at 3:02 PM  

Not even any, but I sure am happy to see yours. Is that great tall bush rosemary? Wow. Ours does not overwinter so it never gets that big. Sweet little lamb!

The Quintessential Magpie March 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM  

I am so upside down this year that I probably won't plant many flowers. Still hard for me to bend my knee.

Yours is going to be beautiful. My lease share pics with us.

And those sheep! Soooooooo cute!



Happyone March 14, 2014 at 3:55 PM  

Oh I love your herb garden. Love the fence all around it. Thank you for your pointers. : )
What a cute little lamb.

Blackberry Lane March 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM  

This is a delightful post/photos. I love fresh herbs, flowers, etc. You have such a lovely yard. These warm days are just right for getting out and doing some cleaning up. I wish you a great weekend.

Farm Girl March 14, 2014 at 4:28 PM  

Wow Sue it all looks fantastic I am so glad you got to work in the garden a bit.
It was pretty in the before picture.
I am so excited to start some planting.
Your lamb is so cute. You will be busy now won't you with lambing.
Ice tea in jars is the only way to drink tea. That is how my grandma and my Mom and my great grandma all drank their tea.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs.Rabe March 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM  

I am dreaming of gardens and gardening! I love it, though sometimes I let the weeds get the better of me!

I love seeing your lambs and all the beautiful flowers! Soon, I hope, we will see the same beauty here!


Cheryl @ TFD March 14, 2014 at 6:38 PM  

What beautiful gardens you have! I am dreaming of flowers, veggies not so much as we haven't had a good crop in years. But I'm happy if we just have a few tomatoes as long as I do have flowers! :)
Have a nice weekend!

Patsy March 14, 2014 at 6:47 PM  

What fun to watch you work and play. I lost my rosemary this year but will plant more.
We are to get rain this weekend.
Thanks for comment and your prays.
The Bennie is eating more and feeling better.

NanaNor's March 14, 2014 at 7:49 PM  

Sue, I pray your hard work brings bounty to you. Love seeing everything-looks like spring to me. We will get cold weather tomorrow so I enjoyed today.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

Cheryl March 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM  

I dream small when it comes to gardens. :) A few tomatoes, some peppers, a little squash, an eggplant or two...okay, now you have me dreaming! I am also waiting to see if any of my herbs have survived this harsh winter. Even some of the hardier ones look doubtful.

Oh, that darling little lamb!! I want him!!

The Quintessential Magpie March 14, 2014 at 8:28 PM  

Sue, got your other note. No problem at all! And thanks for the knee prayers. I deep knee bent yesterday, and it feels better today. Prayers do help! Thank you!



ellen b. March 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM  

Oh you have been busy and the results of your labor will be great. Love that basket of herbs...

Debbie March 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM  

Our snow is almost gone leaving the ground mucky and yucky. The temps have dropped again and it's windy and cold. Even so I can see signs of Spring in the garden beds and buds on the bloomers. A butterfly already? Wow. We continue to wait our turn.

Christine March 15, 2014 at 9:56 AM  

I'm sitting here, coffee in hand, taking my time and enjoying this post! The before and after pictures are great, planting, and little lambs. All so interesting and warmly, refreshing.
I always enjoy my visits to your farm!

podso March 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM  

It's so much fun to read about your everyday farm life! The cleaned up garden looks so nice. And English peas! We are getting our small garden ready and it's getting warmer out and more like spring, but no planting until mid April due to our frosts that linger into that month.

Lea March 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM  

Yes, it is such fun to read about your "life on the farm." Looks like such a fun place, full of adventures and a whole lot of satisfaction. Happy weekend!

Susan March 16, 2014 at 10:25 AM  

I love lil lambies.......we don't have any baby animals coming this spring. :o( I think I'm more like Mr. Toads brother, I'm just thinking about going out to survey things and see what can be cleaned up and whats coming up. Thanks for reminding me though, this is a great time to spread out the barn compost! Lucky you, your spring will be faster than mine. Enjoy! Blessings to you and Mr. P

Linda March 16, 2014 at 10:31 PM  

It is beginning to look like Spring. Your photos are lovely.

Elena March 17, 2014 at 1:00 AM  

We have been working in our garden too! I love the warm spring weather and the dreaming :)

Debbie March 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM  

Well it all looks wonderful as always and like you are up to your usual "season" activities. I love to come here and read about it all, and live "farm life" precariously through yours. Melody serves ice tea in those jar glasses too. love it! Hope your week is a good one!

SarahGeorge March 18, 2014 at 5:16 AM  

Dear Sue,
That's sure a lot of amount of work and I can see you enjoying the result now:) and your pictures of the cute little garden friends are nice too :) Remembered the peas from your last year's post and how excited you were to share them with us :) Wishing the very best of harvest this year too :)

Southern Lady March 20, 2014 at 8:01 AM  

What a beautiful and inspiring post, Sue! I know you were delighted when the little butterfly landed on your glove ... that's got to be a sign that Spring has definitely arrived!

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